You are part of a GREAT ADVENTURE. You are an integral part of a MAGNIFICENT UNDERTAKING.
I had a mystical experience yesterday in the laundromat. I have had several in my life, some while meditating, some while doing breath work, or on a walk in nature. Never before in a laundromat. I am going to share what I was shown as well as I can, though I hesitate to do so, because it will be misunderstood and the experience was ineffable (beyond words). I am sharing it for you not for myself, because I think what I experienced was about all of us, not me. It was not an intellectual experience: I felt and perceived something. So, my description will be inadequate, but I hope it will give some sense of hope or inspiration to you. When I use the word “I” in the telling, it refers to you as well, all humans. It was not a perception of something about me, personally.
I felt something welling up from deep within me while I was folding clothes. An upwelling of emotion was accompanied by a hyper aware state (as if I had been asleep and now was awake), and a realization that I am part of (what follow are only metaphors I thought afterward) a great adventure, a magnificent undertaking, an incredible project, a fantastic team, a living thing—this thing that cannot be named, which expresses itself through LIFE in this reality.
By LIFE I mean not only biological life, but, as Dylan Thomas wrote: “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.” This “thing” (you may call it what you will, but all words, including God, are inadequate) is something that was before and will be after, it is something eternal (not immortal) that is driving through and completely interwoven through the present in this world. I am part of it, integral to it, as is everyone, not through achievement or belief, but because it is your nature. It (and I with it) am eternal, and this
present life is only a phase of the expression of that force or whatever you want to call it. When I leave this plane of existence, what is me will continue on with this “thing”
toward something unimaginably wonderful and fantastic.
In the movie based on the book, 2001: A Space Odyssey, a scene occurs that is a decent illustration of what I experienced. I was going to remove the line “You must leave,” which is not relevant to my experience. But, as I was going to do that I realized, “you must leave” could refer to the fact that we must “die.” And this is why we all must leave at some point. The body is not meant to last, this life is not meant to last. When you leave this body, all the ego and persona and things connected to this world will drop off and what will remain is what is essentially and primally you, something too splendid for our minds to grasp.
And now, the quote:
Dave Bowman: You see, something's going to happen. You must leave.
Heywood Floyd: What? What's going to happen?
Dave Bowman: Something wonderful.
Heywood Floyd: What?
Dave Bowman: I understand how you feel. You see, it's all very clear to me now. The whole thing. It's wonderful.