April 15, 2016 10:15 AM
Yesterday I mentioned that a couple of things had thrown me for a loop: The “failure” of a theory I had, and an article I had read earlier that morning which made me question if spirituality was just a big mental illusion.
This morning, Rob resolved the first point (in the comments) by noting that my theory’s “failure” was due to a simple framing problem (physical needs confused with mental desires (a point worthy of a blog post all it’s own)), but the problem of “spirituality being all in your head” was still disturbing.
Some key excerpts from the article, Here’s What LSD Does To The Brain:
- “ego dissolution: a loss of self-identity and sense of connection to the environment outside of oneself”
- “You don’t recognize yourself as a separate being from the universe”
- “It feels, in a way, like transferring the consciousness from within your body to the outside world; the focus is in the objects that surround you rather than inside.”
- “When they looked at the regions of the brain involved in introspection, or thinking about oneself, and sensory areas that perceive the outside world, they found that these networks were communicating more intensely than usual.”
The first three excerpts accurately describe what stepping through the Gateless Gate into enlightenment feels like. The fourth excerpt is what scared me. Excerpt #4 implies that the Witness Aspect—practically what every one of today’s nondual teachers focus on—is simply a neurobiological process inside our heads.
Let me say that more clearly:
Enlightenment—the Witness—is simply a neurobiological process inside our heads.
(WGW EDIT: I should have said: “Enlightenment—the feeling of being one with everything—is simply a neurobiological process inside our heads.” See the bottom of this post.)
And that scared me because, after reading the report, I found I agreed with it completely.
Sacrilege! I know, but I can’t deny what logic, experience, and evidence suggests:
- LSD stimulates communication between the “me-me-me” part of the brain and the parts of the brain that perceive the outside world, leading to the FEEL/PERCEPTION of unity with the world.
- The feeling/perception of unity with the world (not just the understanding of it) is “enlightenment” (the Witness Aspect).
- LSD didn’t affect Ram Dass’ enlightened guru.
- Though LSD use to affect me, since awakening, it no longer does.
- Conclusion: Enlightenment (the Witness Aspect) is simply when communication between the “me-me-me” part of the brain and the parts of the brain that perceive the outside world “open up.”
How this “opening up” of this communications channel between the inner experience of self and the outer experience of the world happens is well beyond my education level, but I suspect it is that either a physical pathway develops/unblocks or it becomes a learned skill (like learning how to walk). I suspect both.
There are huge implications here, and things to be learned from this conclusion/theory, and I’ll cover them in upcoming posts, but is this conclusion worthy of my spiritual doubts? That all that I’ve been writing about over the years is “just inside my head?”
As soon as I asked this question of myself, “Have I been wasting my time here? Has all this just been some bio-mechanical illusion?” She answered me…
Yesterday morning, after reading the article and realizing the implications and finding myself filled with doubts, I looked on my computer to see what task I had scheduled for myself for the day: “Write the topic, A Sense of Purpose, for the Soul Lessons chapter.” On my notes for this topic, I’d put a link to my post, Have I Lived True?. As I pulled up the article (go ahead and click the link I clicked on for the full effect), I’m hit with the photo Michelle had taken of one of my most memorable and powerful synchronistic experiences and “Bam!” I stepped out of my Mind and into my Heart.
I smiled and nodded in gratitude to my Beloved who so spontaneously and immediately answered my question, “Was all this for naught?” with a simple click of a mouse.
The LSD study mentioned above only applies to the Witness and I AM Aspects, the areas taught by most nondual teachers today, but it has nothing to do with the beauty and the power and the mystery of the Mystical side of Mystical Oneness: The Soul, the Mystic, the Ascetic, and the TaoGod(I) Aspects. All those lie beyond the physically perceived world of the physically constructed brain.
Evidence implies the Soul.
Synchronicity implies TaoGod.
All my mystical experiences (and yours) imply TaoGod.
The story behind the beautiful portrait of a red-headed woman with a third eye implies TaoGod.
I have no more doubts. Brain farts? Lots of them. But doubts?
Not a one.
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