Look on the rising sun: there God does live
And gives his light, and gives his heat away.
And we are put on earth a little space,
That we may learn to bear the beams of love.
- William Blake
It was as if universal truth had been revealed. It’s difficult to separate what was intrinsic to the experience in the moment and what I put together while reflecting on it in retrospect, but it involved what we call “mystical consciousness” — a sense of the interrelatedness of all life and humanity.
We can also receive insights into the relativity of time and space and perhaps the mysteries of matter. The energy that makes up the spiritual world is somehow eternal, existing outside of time. All the major world religions have said that there is such a thing as immortality or consciousness outside of time.
Maybe the most profound insight of mystical consciousness is the sense that love is an energy, and not just a human energy. As Dante writes at the conclusion of The Divine Comedy, it is love that “moves the sun and other stars.”
I have never taken any psychedelic drug, but I have read Blake. I keep reading about modern physics, too, to see if the scientists ever come up with a "scientific proof" that things are just as Richards describes them, and as Blake depicted them. I think Richards and Blake are right about the nature of the reality into which we have so mysteriously been born.
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