In 1870 the psychiatrist R M Bucke had an extraordinary experience that transformed his understanding of the relationship between consciousness, wellbeing and mundane life. He described the experience of “Cosmic Consciousness” as follows:
“All at once without warning of any kind… there came upon me a sense of exultation, of immense joyousness accompanied or immediately followed by intellectual illumination impossible to describe. Among other things, I did not merely come to believe, but I saw that the universe is not composed of dead matter, but is, on the contrary, a living Presence; I became conscious in myself of eternal life. It was not a conviction that I would have eternal life, but a consciousness that I possessed eternal life then; I saw that all men are immortal; that the cosmic order is such that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all; that the foundation principle of the world, of all the worlds, is what we call love, and that the happiness of each and is in the long run absolutely certain…”
This experience compelled Bucke to write what has now come to be understood as the first new age bestseller, called “Cosmic Consciousness”. In it he proposed that almost every major influential figure in human cultural history, from Confucius to Lincoln, was motivated and influenced by transient experiential states of higher consciousness similar to the experience that he had had. He postulated that humanity was undergoing a collective evolution in consciousness which would lead to the advent of “a new age” of human awareness and behaviour. Bucke predicted that in the New Age people would be able to systematically access supramundane states of consciousness in such a way that their everyday, mundane behaviour was positively transformed for the benefit of personal and collective social wellbeing. RM Bucke is now widely acknowledged as the originator of the modern New Age movement.
When i was sixteen years old, i was in my parental home in my room, sitting at my desk and i was trying to decide what i was going to draw.
However, i had a hard time getting inspired enough to start drawing.
As i was sitting there, i let my mind wander through images of things i might want to draw, when suddenly i was in two places at once.
Physically i was still sitting at my desk, but my mind was somewhere else.
My experience holds two aspects, i will begin with the “less profound” one.
I saw my desk with my normal eyes but from slightly above my eyes in the middle of my forhead i was looking down on a galaxy as it slowly spun around in space.
Strangely enough i also saw many details of things going on within this galaxy.
My view of this galaxy changed to an upward view of a giant cillindrical-shaped machine with gears and parts spinning and turning in a highly complex way.
It looked too complex to be able to function but it did, perfectly.
Now the more interesting part of this event.
From the moment it started, i felt so rich, not with money or expencive possessions but with knowledge.
I felt i had all the answers to everything at my fingertips.
My mind was i a place bursting with information. I remember thinking: It´s all so simple (to understand).
Why couldnt i understand all this before?
And then it was over.
The event left me. I tried desparatly to mentally grab some concepts of information to take with me but i failed.
All this happened in about the same time as the sound you hear when you snap your fingers.
After this experience i felt sad and empty.
I knew i had experienced something amazing.
The following years i have tried many things to recreate the event.
Things like relaxation, self hypnosis, lucid dreaming and binaural beats. but nothing has worked yet.
I know i did not just imagine this experience.
There is a significant difference between seeing an image in my mind and what i described above, they could not be more different.
Sadly, when i was sixteen, it was 1988.
There was no internet and i had a hard time looking for information about similar experiences.
And i still do, since i have no clue as what to call this event.
The closest thing i could recently find was the experience M.r R.M. Bucke describes.
I realise however they are not the same.
Thank you for reading.