Beyond Peak Experience
When you are in alignment with your authentic self you will experience a sense of harmony – a softness of spirit and absolute flexibility. This is an authentic peak experience. Whenever you experience unnecessary struggle and resistance you can be assured that you have turned your back on your authentic nature and your Wisdom Mind.
With an authentic peak experience, you feel simultaneously more powerful than you ever imagined possible, and also awestruck and humbled by the magnitude of the experience. You feel more connected to the world, more aware of the unity of all things, and humbled by all of it. To have this experience is to be completely immersed in a state of wonder and ecstasy, while at the same moment consciously experiencing the distortion of space and time. What has happened here is that you have shifted into a new sense reality, a mentally clear and emotionally balanced, proactive reality. In this new reality you are aware of some higher truth, a connection with transcendental unity, a sense that you can see the world in an extraordinary way, a way that is awe-inspiring, subtle, and deeply profound. With this experience your sense of reality completely shifts. I was once told by one of my teachers that for a healthy person to fit into normal society, he would have to act as if he was crazy, in order to appear normal to everyone else. The writer, SJ Pereman says as much, when he states: “How does one fit in a world that does not fit us?” In the end, a peak experience shows that what one thought was real, is in fact just an illusion. With wisdom one can more easily become one’s authentic self. One goes from doing the Practice to being the Practice.
So, beware of the pseudo-peak experience and those who worship at that alter. It is no more than a hedonistically driven obsession with peak events of short-term pleasure. The consistent focus with “I want this now,” may be the greatest source of unnecessary struggle and suffering in our digital world. Seek those things in life and those individuals that will bring you wisdom, clarity of thought, contentment, and emotional balance.
Lewis harrison is the Author of the book “Spiritual Not Religious”. Write to him at Lewisheals@gmail.com