The Relationship between Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences
Do you know people like Kent and Jim?
Kent and Jim are both long time meditators.
Kent has had many extraordinary spiritual experiences.
Jim has had none.
However, both are awake to more or less the same degree.
How is this possible?
Here is an analogy:
Jim and Kent are in a very dark and deep cave. They are seeking the light of day. (Enlightenment)
i) Jim follows a tunnel to the right. The tunnel slopes up to the surface very gradually. The intensity of daylight in the tunnel also increases very gradually. Slowly, slowly Jim makes his way to the surface. He doesn’t think about the light - he simply sees more and more clearly as he moves toward the surface. It is all very ordinary and natural. Eventually, Jim reaches the light of day. He sees with a rare clarity. He is enlightened.
ii) Kent follows a steep vertical tunnel to the left. The tunnel is a series of ascending rock platforms. As he climbs to each new platform the intensity of daylight in the tunnel increases in a brilliant burst. Each burst of light overwhelms Kent’s eyes, until he adjusts to the new light level. They are extraordinary experiences. Eventually, Kent makes it to the surface. Once his eyes adjust for the last time he thinks not about the intense light, he simply sees clearly. He is enlightened. So what has happened to the brilliant light? It is still there – in the very appearance of things.
In the end, for both Kent and Jim, things are very ordinary. It is just this.
Each one of us moves into the Light in his or her own way.
It is your way.
Once they see clearly, Kent and Jim accept each other’s way.
This is beautiful.
Posted by Tallis Grayson