Do you have little moments everyday that lift you out of your ‘self’?

“the core of religious faith is that mystic feeling which unites man with God.” LoG p. 544

Isn’t it great that, every-day, ordinary life brings small transcendent experiences, experiences in which for ‘eternal moments’ we lose the burden of the ego-self and become for a while Spirit.

‘Gonna lay down my burden….’ (You can sing-a-long here!)

A beautiful landscape, a dwelling on a loved one’s qualities, a child’s smile, prayer  – balm to our stress and sorrows.

Trouble is after that, as the Buddhists tell us, comes doing the laundry!

Men doing the laundry

A rare sight – men doing the laundry!

OK BUT WHAT IS TRANSCENDENT EXPERIENCE?

One writer says:

“an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable

than any other satisfaction.” CS Lewis

Hmmmm – but that doesn’t satisfy me!

I suggest it is experience that enables the child/adult to approach the ‘ocean of mystery’.

The process? – We are frazzled in dualities – relief comes – we return to frazzlement, but with a degree of healing.

Such experience is also described as awe or wonderment – not wondering but being in the state of wonderment.

It is interesting that the Baha’i writings state;

“the core of religious faith is that mystic feeling which unites man with God.” LoG p. 544

So at the core of true faith is mystical experience – feeling, not head-stuff ertainly not book-learning.

We busy ourselves but spiritual food comes as moments in which we are relieved of the burden of self.

I also think it is what Abdu’l-Baha meant by ‘breaths of the Holy Spirit’.

What do you think?

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