Across the broad sweep of human experience, an enormous chorus of mystics and wisdom seekers have encouraged us to look beyond the evidence available through the “five” senses—beyond even what we can perceive aided by powerful tools like radio telescopes and electron microscopes.
I join that chorus. A meditation practice is one place to begin a search for what lies outside ordinary perception.
Here, listen to Rumi—
little by little wean yourself.
this is the gist of what i have to say.
from an embryo, whose nourishment comes in blood
move to an infant drinking milk,
to a child on solid food,’to a searcher for wisdom,
to a hunter of more invisible game.
think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo.
you might say, the world outside is vast and intricate.
there are wheat fields and mountain passes
and orchards in bloom.
at night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight
the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding.
you ask the embryo, why stay cooped up
in the dark with eyes closed?
listen to the answer:
there is no “other world.”
i only know what i have experienced.
you must be hallucinating.