Mystic Awareness


By Richard Kieninger


The need of theoretical physicists to be able to mentally image the realities of the construction of the Universe has given impetus to a scientific study of a unique level of conscious perception—referred to by some as mystic awareness. This mental state has been brought out of the esoteric realm of wizards and metaphysicians into the light of legitimate scientific analysis with profitable re­sults. The cortex of the human brain is limited in its ability to perceive reality. Normal, waking consciousness is a brain function that provides an exclusionary focus of concentration on a set of ideas in a rational, sequential order.  The neurological switching mechanism within the cortex is best likened to a digital computer—a “yes-no” or “on-off” circuitry. Unfortunately, this does not allow a human being to perceive the Universe in the fullness of its reality. Just as scientists and engineers must turn on analog computers to solve certain complex problems which human brains could never practically resolve, there are some scientists at the frontiers of scientific thought who have, by means of their mystic awareness, been able to penetrate the awe-full, improbable, nonrational, beautiful realities of Creation. The mystics of ages past have been telling us that time, space, and the atom are fathomable in the brain state of mystic awareness. The mathematicians and physicists who have been able to thus visualize our Universe through their specially developed intellect have actually attained a state of neural integration between the non-conscious “analog” portions of their brains and the “digital” cortex portions through which waking consciousness functions. There is no pos­sible way to otherwise experience and penetrate fourth-dimension concepts, the mechanics of ether, or the vortex nature of matter and energy.


Mystic awareness involves a repatterning of neural networks in the brain in order to attain a previously nonexistent (but always possible) mode of intercellular communication between our two sub-brains and our conscious brain. The cortex (the “thinking-intellect” part) and the limbic system and thalamus (the “feeling/emotion” part) and the medulla oblongata (the “intuition-archaic” part) integrate into a “new” whole brain in the individual who has achieved the mystic state of consciousness. This gives the Ego a new mode of perception and feeling, and it provides non-rational (not irrational) forms of logic which are multi-level, inte­grated and simultaneous. These are in addition to the normal person’s linear, sequential, either-or form of logic. Remember, however, that the brain is not an organ for generating consciousness, but rather is the instrument of the physical plane through which Egoic consciousness on the Mental Plane of Existence func­tions. The only point of direct contact and interaction between spirit and physical cosmos is the mind-brain of man. It is also important to make the distinction that we are not discussing here the differences between right and left hemisphere brain functions.


Brainwave experimenters have established that mystic awareness is a genu­ine state of consciousness rather than merely imagination. Measurable physiologi­cal parameters are observable on the electroencephalograph when accomplished mystics are monitored during their “trances.” Scientists have learned that beta waves (14 to 29 cycles per second) are produced when a person is awake and responding to external stimuli, alpha waves (8 to 12 cps) when the brain is occupied with its own thoughts, theta waves (4 to 7 cps) when the thinker is conscious neither of his physical self nor the outside world, and delta waves (1/2 to 3 1/2 cps) when the subject is asleep. Mystics produce alpha waves at a high amplitude of 70-100 microvolts; and as their mystic state deepens from alpha to theta, the amplitude remains high, indicating a unique state of intense mental alertness.


Whether a mystic began as a scientist, ascetic, or occultist, his or her profound experiences in the state of mystic awareness are reported as overwhelm­ingly beautiful and allow visualization of abstract constructs. Mystics tend to be regarded as aberrant by those who still labor in an un-awakened, semi-illusory condition of tradition-imposed philosophy and values. Therefore, a mystic pre­fers the company of other mystics who can understand him, and he essentially disappears from general view. Psychologists, such as A.H. Maslow, who have been analyzing the components of true mental health, believe they have found mystics to be the sanest and healthiest of individuals. The love of the mystic for other people is non-possessive, cannot be sated, grows with enjoyment, is thera­peutic, lacks anxiety-hostility, permits self-autonomy to both parties, deeply expe­riences the other person, and is a beautiful experience.


It is important to note that the experiences and percepts afforded in the mystic state of consciousness are limited to the data and emotions contained in the brain memory of the mystic himself. He does not contact other beings or receive information from outside himself as a result of mystic awareness. Therefore, clairvoyance is a distinct and separate Egoic function from mystic awareness and is achieved by different means. A person may acquire either mystic awareness or clairvoyance without the other. The person who has both mystic awareness and clairvoyance is said to have cosmic consciousness.