The original Greek meaning of ‘ecstasy’ was an experience of being outside of yourself.
This is what we seek in terms of ascension.
You achieve that in human form by being ‘in flow’, as described by this leading music composer:
You are in an ecstatic state to such a point that you feel as though you almost don’t exist. I have experienced this time and time again. My hand seems devoid of myself, and I have nothing to do with what is happening. I just sit there watching it in a state of awe and wonderment. And [the music] just flows out of itself.
Mihaly explains this process as when we are doing something highly challenging when we also have a high degree of skill for it, and the brain reaches our natural limit of processing information.
He says the brain can only process 120 bits of information at a time. Listening to a conversation requires at least 60 bits.
The composer continues:
when you are really involved in this completely engaging process of creating something new – as this man does – he doesn’t have enough attention left over to monitor how his body feels or his problems at home. He can’t feel even that he’s hungry or tired, his body disappears, his identity disappears from his consciousness because he doesn’t have enough attention, like none of us do, to really do well something that requires a lot of concentration and at the same time to feel that he exists.
‘Forgets his own existence’
Doesn’t this sound a lot like the ecstasy sought by new-age spiritualists?
Transcending the body. Rising above physical experience to a higher dimension? Etc…
This capacity of our conscious processing mind may be the greatest opportunity for ecstasy as described and sought by old spiritual traditions.
Body disappears… physical discomforts disappear… identity disappears from his consciousness… existence is temporarily suspended.
Mihaly describes the 7 key points of feeling in flow:
1. Completely involved in what we are doing – focused, concentrated.
2. A sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality.
3. Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done, and how well we are doing.
4. Knowing that the activity is doable – that skills are adequate to the task.
5. A sense of serenity – no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.
6. Timelessness – thoroughly focused on the present, our sin to pass by in minutes.
7. Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces flow becomes its own reward.
Sounds good right?
But if we are never aware or conscious of that experience then there’s really no point in it, as it’s our individual experience of something that makes it worth while. This is a key point that modern-day spiritualists miss, but they miss it because they’re so desperately seeking that out of body ecstatic state of flow.
Now here’s the practical implications:
A truism in the field of creativity says that we need 10,000 hours or 10 years of technical and experiential immersion into a subject before we approach mastery of creativity in that field… the ability to truly change something in a way that it’s better than before.
10,000 hours or 10 years may be somewhat arbitrary, but here’s the point…
It takes time to master creativity in any subject.
So imagine the potential of ecstatic experience given an accumulation of mastery in different topics to enter the flow of true creativity….
Therein lies the future of our enlightenment and of our ascension to a higher dimension of experience.
Right down here on Earth. Not up there in some fantasy light-body mysticism.
But it requires tremendous effort to become masterful at anything. And there in lies the rub. People today are lazy. You Are lazy.
Am I right?
So how can you encourage yourself to focus on the real requirements of ascension rather than the effortless fantasy of pseudo spiritual ascension?
Well, that’s ultimately the topic for the entirety of Survival2020.
We call it The Flower of Being.