Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
The knowing and experiencing of God’s Presence is the greatest of all human experiences, as well as the most profound knowledge a person may possess. Down through recorded history, people have claimed to have experienced God’s Presence. Mystics through the centuries have had visions, which they say have either given them the fullness of God’s Presence experienced, or at least such inspired visionary glimpses of the divine as to suggest that the sum total of glimpses is the Presence of God. Experience of this kind is extrasensory in nature.
In an ordinary state of mind, the mind is only conscious of the outer five sense perceptions. The outer senses do not reveal God, except perhaps to a person who is witnessing beauty within nature, such as a glorious sunset or a beautiful flower, and associates the perceived beauty as having its source from God. To truly experience God, therefore, must be of an extrasensory nature.
Although God’s Presence is everywhere, in order to be perceived at its essence, one has to go beyond the ordinary perception of the five senses and experience God as a state of consciousness, or Universal Mind. This experience has been referred to by many names, including cosmic consciousness, Christ consciousness, and Samadhi. Although not always, it is usually experienced by a meditator who, in their heart, is longing to know God directly, or to experience the Ultimate Truth.
In our present age, it must be understood that such extrasensory experience of God is not just left to mystics of ages past. Know that the mystical experience of union with God and all of its subsequent benefits, both of a spiritual as well as practical nature, can be part of modern day human experience—indeed, of your experience! The Bible refers to aspiring to such an experience when it states, “Seek and you shall find. Ask and it shall be opened unto you.”
In the average person today, the human mind is a restless sea of mental energy. This activity is both as a result of conscious mental activity taking place at the moment, as well as energies of the memory level of the mind, along with psychic or telepathic levels of activity tied into the collective unconscious of humanity.
With so much activity, it is no wonder that the experience of the core of one’s being, or God, is covered up by the mental energy activities of other levels of the human mind. To experience the core, center, or nucleus of consciousness within you necessitates that the mind be stilled at its outermost levels, so a person may become aware of their innermost level of consciousness, or cosmic consciousness, or the Mind of God.
Stilling the mental energies of your mind requires relaxation and concentration, the two key or central necessities for entering into deeper forms of meditative consciousness, where such experience as extrasensory contact with God may take place.
In mystical union, you are one with what you are experiencing. In other words, you have a oneness of consciousness, or a total merger or union of identity. It is an “I am,” rather than an “I, thou” experience where you are one presence, and what you are perceiving is another presence.
In union with God, you, God, and the experience are one for however long the experience may last. For some, the experience may last only a moment, but for the person experiencing it, that moment will last an entire lifetime, with the knowing that God exists, and that ultimately there is a oneness with God on the innermost spiritual level of one’s being.
Meditation—particularly if practiced daily—is the key to having extrasensory contact with God that goes beyond the experience of union with God. If you are meditating daily, your conscious mind will be more open and receptive to receiving intuitive guidance from Universal Mind, or God.
The Bible states, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” “Many mansions” refers to many different levels or states of consciousness within the Universal Mind. Each level of consciousness can be another dimension of existence. Every dimension of existence can be one of many heavenly states of mind within the Universal Mind.
Whatever you experience that could be described as heavenly or sacred is a part of God’s Allness manifested to you through a vision or images in extrasensory higher states of consciousness within yourself.
When God is truly your guide in life through real extrasensory contact, your life can be dramatically better than it would have been otherwise, where your conscious mind is basically on its own. Realize that you have the innate capacity to have extrasensory contact with God throughout your life!
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 4: Module 35.
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