Many report having mystical and esoteric experiences while on the path. Are mystical experiences important to have along the path?
The only reason why mystical experiences are deemed important or are sought after along the path towards conscious expansion is simply because they are different from our usual day to day experiences. In the absolute sense whether an experience is considered mystical or ordinary has nothing to do with the experience itself, solely our relationship to it. A hundred years ago, the idea of being able to communicate with someone living on the other side of the planet through a handheld device in real time would have been the definition of a mystical experiences to those living in that time. Whereas nowadays, such an experience is so common it is nearly taken for granted. Mystical experiences are neither important nor unimportant along the path towards conscious expansion. They are simply experiences. As one is allowing the being to see more and more clearly through false levels of identification, one is opening oneself up to experience subtler and subtler planes of existence.
It is a natural unfolding. As one’s identify shifts more and more into one’s true place, the vehicle of the physical body becomes more refined. One is simply more aware of the natural world around them. Things that were always right in front of one’s very eyes but one could not see, being that one was seeing the world through the filter of false identification, are becoming more and more apparent. There is nothing mystical about it. Thinking that mystical experiences are important to the spiritual path is showing that one is still seeking something out of it other than discovering who and what one truly is. There are those who are walking the spiritual path in the hope, although sometimes unconscious, of gaining some type of siddhi (spiritual power).
We hear stories of great being like Jesus of Nazareth who turned water into wine and who walked on water, or Shakyamuni Buddha calming an enraged wild elephant simply with his presence, and naturally we think that gaining such powers is a natural byproduct of the path. Yet, although we think this, instead of it being a byproduct, it has become a goal. Being that so many try to measure one’s spiritual attainment based on an ability. Turning water into wine has nothing to do with spirituality in the same way that doing a basic card trick has nothing to do with spirituality.
People are attracted to those who display siddhis because so many people are seeking enlightenment not to discover who and what they are, but are seeking enlightenment under the false assumption that an enlightened being is no longer an ordinary human. In actuality, an enlightened being is the only ordinary human alive. For it is only those who have seen directly what one truly is that can fully express the maximum potential of what it means to be human. If during the course of one’s conscious expansion the access to a siddhi opens up is not indicative to any real sense of progress.
It is only indicative that one is becoming more aware of the world around them and is becoming more and more in tune with it. Yet, unless one is sincerely seeking for complete unification with the “Absolute Universal Divine Principle” it can become a very tempting trap to immerse oneself in the siddhi. Many have succumb to this temptation and have fallen from the path.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
(Jesus of Nazareth from the Gospel according to Matthew)
It always comes down to the same question;
“what do I want out of the spiritual path?”
There is nothing wrong in wanting to be able to perform siddhis or display seemingly supernatural feats. To thing to be remembered, though, is that with the siddhis does not come any knowledge about the truth of who and what you are. If one is seeking truth, then settle for nothing less than the truth. For along the journey the false sense of identification will try to remain in control of the beingness, and sometimes the best way to stay in control is to attach oneself to a seeming siddhi until all desire for conscious expansion has faded away. Only those who are trying to escape from the human condition will be overly attracted to mystical experiences and siddhis.
Any and all possible experiences can happen. One can actually travel to other realms, other dimensions and meet with other beings. Yet, one can also go to other cities and states and meet other people.
The experience itself is essentially the same. The true jewel that is waiting for each and everyone of us is the discovery of who and what we truly are. Anything other than this is merely a distraction. People want to have mystical experiences because it gives the illusion of growth and progress along the spiritual path. Yet, what needs to be remembered is that growth and progress can only refer to the false sense of identification. There is no growth and progress for the pure self, the pure being.
Mystical experiences only serve one purpose on the journey; to encourage the seeker to keep going. It is to encourage the seeker to not turn back. For in the beginning one will only have books and someone else’s testimony about the journey so it can be easy to assume that these stores are simply fabrications. Yet, when one has had a glimpse of the truth or has experienced some mystical state, doubts about the possibility of discovering via direct experience will disappear. The discovery of who and what one is is the highest of all ‘mystical experiences.’
My daily affairs are quite ordinary;
but I’m in total harmony with them.
I don’t hold on to anything, don’t reject anything;
nowhere an obstacle or conflict.
Who cares about wealth and honor?
Even the poorest thing shines.
My miraculous power and spiritual activity:
drawing water and carrying wood. ~Layman P’ang