Spiritual experience and the limits of language

A bit of a ramble on spiritual experiences and how/why we communicate them…

I wonder will there come a time when we run out of language to accommodate for experiences? Will we need to communicate our experiences (throughout this writing I am referring to inner-sort of experiences). Do we need to now? What does it accomplish? Can we prove things to others with stories?

It seems we have already reached some sort of threshold of this sort. Modern man has become accustom to many experiences that are ever increasingly difficult to put into words and explain to another properly. Sometimes things we experience seem to require a novel or perhaps a series to properly portray the deep and subtle meanings of our experiences.

I think this is because of how many inputs we receive at any given moment. As time moves on and technology grows, we are constantly adding more and more simultaneous sensory inputs to any given moment of perception. It is common for one to remember a certain person on a rainy day, or a certain day in their life that was memorable for whatever reason, happiness, sadness, a tragedy. it may have been rainy and sunny at the same time, or bitterly cold and rainy, and so any day that comes along and seems similar reminds us of that one experience. Nowadays we have a lot more we are doing at any given moment. Texting, tweeting, waiting for a text, checking e-mail, (OK, I guess that’s sort of one thing now ie. cell-phone) talking, eating, watching TV… I have no idea but I speculate that our brains are somehow adapting to having to multitask better. Either way we are multitasking more than in the past.

So when one has for example a spontaneous deeply spiritual experience of joy or profound insight, and tries to put it into words to another, it’s getting harder and harder to explain it. I guess so far I’m saying it’s due to two factors, the limits of language and then the increasing amount of sensory inputs involved in the experience. Our brain must run through so many aspects of the moment, such as who was there, who was talking to me, what triggered the feeling, (I think the brain with its thoughts immediately after the experience tries to put it into words to itself and tries to see how it can have the experience again, it can never settle for just having it).

There is already a vocabulary of words that is commonly used among spiritual experience havers… “vastness, interconnectedness, energy, excitement, reality, universe” All of these words have so many different meanings and definitions.

One can never understand an experience that is told to them, only by having that experience can he understand it. And who is to say it is the same experience? I guess both experiencers will somehow know between each other if they have had the same experience, can they then explain it to another if they both know they have had the same experience? (By experience I mean insight, the same spiritual awakening, or some kind of new-agey experience like that which is becoming sort of common) I still don’t think so. I think all tales of higher consciousness or other dimensions are completely meaningless and detrimental to the ‘spiritual seeker’ or to anyone in fact. The experience only gives their brain something more to seek, they put it in their own language, and picture it, and then the brain tells them let’s try to experience that. Or it may have an opinion and say they are liars and that’s not possible, and continue with their life.

I think the only reason I ever tell people of my own personal spiritual experiences is to tell them that it’s true, there are experiences other than everyday regular life that we are used to. Now the choice becomes yours to either have an opinion about it, say I lie, or to put my story on a throne and try to attain the same experience, or seek something similar.

The other option is to continue living your life. Not seeking to experience anything, because if you don’t just live your life… you are missing the whole story that you are already experiencing right now. You’re missing everything!

I will probably elaborate on the subject in the future…


12 year old autistic boy develops own theory of relativity

12 year old with Aspergers syndrome with an IQ of 170 is developing his own theory of the universe. He finished highschool at age 8 and taught himself geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus in a week’s time. He is working on some of the most complex mathematical problems known to astrophysicists today. He is now expanding on Einstein’s theory of relativity, and on his way to a research role and possible nobel prize. Read more from the original article here.


What is real meditation? What is false?

If you are interested in the topic I encourage you to watch parts 2, 3 and 4.


Hippie talks about the Universe


Luxor Temple

This is episode 4 from a series called Magical Egypt by ‘independent egyptologist’ John Anthony West who is considered a fringe thinker by many mainstream archeologists and egyptologists.

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BCE. , Known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or “the southern sanctuary”, the temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple (ipet-isut) to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility – whence its name.” – Wikipedia

This series gives an interesting perspective on the meaning behind the temple’s design and proportions. Each part of the temple has measurements and ratios that match up with the human body, infact each area of the temple is apparently representative of parts of the human body when viewed from above. There are many points that show this throughout the documentary. This all seems to suggest that the Egyptians had a very deep understanding of how the human body worked, maybe more-so than the mainstream currently believes or understands.


Recent nuclear reactor explosions in Japan, overreactions?

Alot of hype is surrounding the recent nuclear power plant problems in Japan. Now I’m no scientist, so rather than trying to explain this to you I’ll just link you to some articles showing both sides of the story. One side fears the radiation from this event will spread all the way to North America. Other sources say it’s physically impossible. The video is a little looney so feel free to stop it halfway through and go ahead and read the articles. I encourage you to click on links and explore the subject further if you start to develop an opinion on it.

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Article 1: Phil Plait’s thoughts on the subject

“Far worse, in my opinion, is the person who created a map claiming to show the spread of a radiation cloud from fallout. This map is a fraud: totally fabricated and complete garbage. Snopes has the details. A nuclear reactor like this cannot release such a cloud of radioactivity; it’s physically impossible. People remember Chernobyl, of course, but the Japanese reactor is a very different design, and cannot explode the way the Ukranian reactor did in 1986.”

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/03/14/the-japanese-nuclear-reactor-overreaction/

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Article 2: Slate (William Saletan)

“Less than a year ago, a drilling rig exploded off the coast of the United States, killing 11 workers and pouring 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. No natural disaster caused this tragedy. It was entirely man-made. President Obama halted deep-water drilling but lifted the moratorium less than six months later. On Friday, while fielding questions about Japan’s nuclear reactors, he proudly noted that his administration, under new, stricter rules, had “approved more than 35 new offshore drilling permits.”

That’s how we deal with tragedies in the oil business. Accidents happen. People die. Pollution spreads. We don’t abandon oil. We study what went wrong, try to fix it, and move on.
Contrast this with the panic over Japan’s reactors. For 40 years, they’ve quietly done their work. Three days ago, they were hit almost simultaneously by Japan’s worst earthquake and one of its worst tsunamis. Not one reactor container has failed. The only employee who has died at a Japanese nuclear facility since the quake was killed by a crane. Despite this, voices are rising in Europe and the United States to abandon nuclear power. Industry analysts predict that the Japan scare, like Chernobyl, will freeze plant construction.”

“Two reactor buildings exploded, but these were explosions of excess hydrogen, not nuclear fuel, and neither of them ruptured the inner containers that encase the reactor cores.”

“In advanced countries like Japan and the United States, nuclear plants are built to standards no drilling rig can touch. If a sensor, cable, or power source fails, another sensor, cable, or power source is available. Containers of steel or concrete envelop the reactors to prevent massive radiation leaks. Chernobyl didn’t have such a container. Three Mile Island did. That’s why Three Mile Island produced no uncontrolled leakage or injuries.”

http://www.slate.com/id/2288212/

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Article 3: Internatinal Atomic Energy Agency Update

Japan Earthquake Update (15 March 2011, 15:30 UTC)

“An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude was reported today at 13:31 UTC in Eastern Honshu, Japan. The Hamaoka nuclear power plant is sited an estimated 100 kilometres from the epicentre.

IEC confirmed with Japan that the plant continues to operate safely.

Units 1 and 2 are decommissioned, Unit 3 is under inspection and not operational, and Units 4 and 5 remain in safe operational status after the earthquake.”

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html


Real-time Satellites in Google Earth