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Jan 30, 1995 08:48 AM
by Jerry Schueler
Eldon: "One area of discussion that appears in many recent postings regards the nature of experience and how it relates to what is truly real ... We must ask: What is experience? And what experience comes from the deep study of the Teachings? ... There is much that happens *inside us*, that constitutes real experiences, without unique outward events in life to distinguish it." Eldon's posting on experience contains much food for thought. What is experience, after all? Buddhism, for example, says that we should doubt all teachings and teachers, even Buddha, and rely only on our personal experiences as our guide incorporating only those teachings that fit in with those experiences. I have come to believe that experience is not all that it is cracked up to be, but on the other hand it is really about all we have. Using the idea that we each have our own unique worldview, or way of looking at ourselves and our world, I believe that our experiences, in general, always tend to support our worldview. This seems to be a kind of law. Predjudice people tend to experience things that perpetuate and explain their predjudices. Good people tend to see the world as good, nasty people tend to see the world as an evil place. Perhaps the psychological phenomenon of projection will explain a lot of this, but I think that it goes even deeper than that. I am not sure that a single objective "real" world exists anywhere in space or time. The psychologist (and a lot of other folks) would say that an external world exists which we all tend to see (experience) a bit differently. I am rather of the opinion that we each, as monads, have our own world that is separate and somewhat distinct from that of everyone else. Consider this scenario: When our divine monad left its home plane and began expressing itself, it split into a syzygy or duality in which was contained a subjective self and an objective world. These two polar counterparts were held together by a force of attraction that we can call Fohat, for lack of a better name. As this monad, with a sense of self and a corresponding sense of world, sunk into space and time - our spacetime contiuum - it began to become better self-defined. It began to see itself as opposed to or separate from its world. In time, because it shared its world definition with some other monads, those whose self-world-definitions were similar began to communicate, and to define collectively rather than separately. They became a life-wave, and they slowly self-manifested into spacetime together until they arrived at our physical "world" which is really a crystallized shared worldview, or system of overlapping worlds that each experiences as one and the same world. Thus our physical world has an overlapping nature in which we can all agree, while it also has areas that are unique to each monad. Although this scenario probably seems bazzar at first, the more I ponder it, the more it seems to explain a lot of things. Could we each bring our own world with us at birth? Do we each take our world with us when we die? Clearly, our experiences change as we grow, and thus our experiences are limited in how they can help us. Because, as long as we sit happily and think about how we know Truth because we can experience it, our growth will stagnate. We have two choices: we can deliberately consciously allow ourselves to grow, or we can let our growth come about on its own, unconsciously. The latter occurs whenever we experience something that cannot be supported or explained within our worldview. Such an event will either cause a mental or physical breakdown, or will force us to revise our worldview. One interesting phenomenon seems to be that each time we do revise our worldview, we fall into complacency once again. Jung would explain our unexplainable experiences in terms of the archetypes, those dynamic complexes of the unconcious, which rise up into our conscious in various forms and demand our attention. But there are other ways of viewing this, as Eldon has pointed out. We have theosophy, and as we grow, we see more and more in its teachings. Jerry S.