“Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different…No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded.” p 228, “The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature”.by William James, 1901.
Another classic on mystical experiences is “Cosmic consciouness: A Study In The Evolution of the Human Mind” by Richard Bucke, 1905.
Of course words can only hint at these transcendent – transpersonal experiences that have been reported by astronauts, yogins, shamans, monks, nuns, sleeping profits and inner space explorers (meditation to samadhi, and hypnosis).
“Pathways through to Space” by Franklin Merril Wolfe and “Starmaker” by Olaf Stapleton are two books that do convey mystical experience, with words, and get as close as you can, via books to these amazing states of transcendence.
See my previous blog Ultimate Luminosity
Paul C Adams (c)2016
Have you seen the documentary “Live From Space” by National Geographic? (YouTube presentation) Space walking has become an essential part of life at the International Space Station. How profound and life transforming is this extraordinary experience, for the astronauts, I wonder, where so many factors (or lack of ) completely redefine the inner qualitative characteristics of which we identify as our own inner self.
There are astronauts who have had both ecstatic and mystical experiences while on space missions, and they have told us of such, including interviews and books (Edgar Mitchell, Rusty Schweickart). See the documentary, “In the Shadow of the Moon”, (YouTube presentation) Apollo missions to the moon, which includes vivid stories by the astronauts of their experiences.
See my previous blog, Space Flight
Paul C Adams (c) 2016
Alice Roberts MD,PhD does an amazing job taking viewers of her documentary on a round the world walk in “The Incredible Human Journey“. (YouTube presentation)Following the probable pathways out of Africa, she visits fascinating locations including caves, ruins, and contemporary tribal people. Long distance walking is everywhere in this film, and reminds us again of how deep it reaches into our common global history. I found the documentary at the public library, and I am sure it is available as a DVD or download. This is one you want to see!
Also, see my blogs, Walk Around the World and Eat Well and Walk Far
Paul C Adams (c) 2016