"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
“How did you learn all this?” He asked Songo.
“Partly by old traditions and partly by experience,” He answered, “I believe in the power of nature and I always try to ensure its harmony.”
“What do you mean by that?” Nathan enquired.
“You will learn by observing me. You only have to see how I treat people to understand how conscious I am of nature.” Songo said.
“What do you mean by being conscious of nature?” Nathan continued.
Songo perceived Nathan’s great interest in the subject. He sat down in the same position as Nathan and mimicked the same hand gestures as the latter while he answered:
“I understand that there exists an infinitely greater power than appears possible to many of us. For that reason, we sometimes call it supernatural. But I, on the other hand, consider it a natural harmony which is accessible to each individual.”
“Many people with a modern concept of life are skeptical about what you call natural harmony, “ Nathan said, “and they see the world more in terms of great chaos.”
“Those people often have a less conscious relationship with nature and they distance themselves from its perfect harmony. They develop a blind faith in technology and have the tendency to believe that in this way they have better control of the future.” Songo answered.
All answers lie in nature… Our ancestor’s knew this. Much have we lost with time and with what we believe to be “advances” in science and technology. If you want to use common sense, then sensibly speaking, wouldn’t we be put here with all the resources necessary to sustain us? Sure, there is much learning to do as to what is useful and for what reasons, but then isn’t that the point of life here? To learn? All answers really DO lie in nature, with its perfect harmony… If only we would stop destroying what is natural and start listening and finding the answers there…
The sky was turning more and more crimson, as the sun began to descend. Nathan went back to the high dune to watch the sunset. Once there, he had an open mind to the power of the images. He remarked that he had overcome hunger and that he was in a state of higher awareness. He could now concentrate with ease, and felt at peace with what was waiting for him. Daylight was coming to an end, and the dunes were taking on the color of dusk. Nathan associated this phenomenon of nature with all his feelings. He not only felt in perfect communion with the sun, but equally with the whole universe. He perceived intensely the connection between all the elements of the universe, and of all as a whole. Feeling blissful, he lay down on the sand.
We are connected with everything and everyone, but there are moments where this connection is so clear! Where we can actually feel ourselves blend in to all that’s around. It is not necessarily a “feeling”, but more a state of Being, where we feel like we are the sun, the mountains, the ocean, the trees, everything, and the “feeling” is an immensely blissful one. These are the moments where we are truly in reality, and where we’re truly ourselves, our essence, …where we’re truly “aware”.
I think some forms of shamanism can offer us a deeper understanding of human nature. In a controlled manner, shamans use powerful methods to modify their state of consciousness allowing them to explore other dimensions or realities, often to seek ways of healing. These ancient and universal practices have survived within cultures that have so far evaded the conditioned rationality of modern civilization; a rationality which is often powerless in answering fundamental questions, as opposed to shamanism which generates a deeper intelligence closer to that of pure intuition.
We would have to define what a mystic writer is for me to qualify under that definition. My writings are modest attempts at finding answers to existential questions so that we can get a better understanding of the mystery of life. If I were to claim any mysticism in my work, it would be to emphasize the need to probe more deeply into our inner world. But it would be mysticism that would be easily understood and would incite us to open our hearts.
The mystical experiences in your novel were very impressive. What is your interpretation of the meaning of mysticism, and can everyone experience mysticism in daily life?
The mystical world consists of channels that help connect us with our Essence, and so a mystical experience encourages us to discover our unique sensibility, since it connects us to the universe, and helps define our role in the world. It assists us to recognize our life mission; this deep desire inside that makes us want to become what we truly are destined to be. In response to your second question, it’s not the external circumstances that determine how we live our experiences, but our own level of consciousness. People can experience things very differently under identical circumstances depending on their awareness of the deeper meaning of their life events.
What do you think of coincidences that have an element of mystery and leave us perplexed as to how to interpret them?
Every coincidence, like every event, is full of meaning; and every one of us puts more weight on certain events than on others. A mysterious coincidence is an event that seems to have a hidden meaning. Because such an event is characterized by its synchronicity, it easily grabs our attention. We can differentiate amongst several types of synchronicities: those that are classified in time are called premonitions, those that are classified in space are called clairvoyance, and those that appear simultaneously in the minds of two people as thoughts are called telepathy. All these synchronicities give us access to a reality outside the boundaries of the physical dimension, and clarify the existing unity between all people and all things. Coincidental events not only broaden our vision and our understanding of the universe, but also have a creative element to them; the meaning a person gives to a coincidence they experience leads them to inevitably alter their life in some way.
Is there any credibility and value in states of “trance”, and if so, what can we gain from them?
Trance states are a legacy from what we call “primitive” cultures. When performed properly, they can introduce significant elements of traditional wisdom into our modern vision. The deep experiences in these states have proven that the representations of the universe developed by primitive societies are not only based on superstition or some magical way of thinking, but also on the direct experience of another reality. In some states of trance we can experience a journey into other existent dimensions, by diving into a huge pool of ancestral memories that illustrate various aspects of nature and the universe. These revelations allow us to get a glimpse of the outline of a new global concept of ourselves.
Mysticism is neither a philosophy nor a doctrine; it is a way of experiencing the Mysterious; something which cannot be found in texts. However, when a mystic expresses in words his knowledge and describes his experiences, he then automatically becomes a philosopher. An unusual philosopher, true, since he must describe something that transcends any logic; how can he explain that the universe is the extension of our bodies and that we can experience all the wonders of the world, or the mysterious, within ourselves?
This question leads to two other questions: first, what is considered holy and second, what is the truth? I can be brief about the first question: nothing is holy and nothing is unholy. As for the second question, I define the truth as the recognition of the “Mystery”, and the Mystery is not hidden in words but is found in reality itself. The greater the veracity we give to words or a book, whether they are considered holy or not, the weaker our direct experience with the Mystery becomes, and perhaps even distances us further from it. Those who believe they have found the truth do not seek dialogue with others. Their only motivation is to find confirmation or to impose their supposed truth on others.
There are many myths about the origin of life and about the afterlife. What is your personal view?
Myths about the origin of life have existed since time immemorial. These stories and legends might differ in content and details depending on the culture expressing them, but what they all have in common is that they all refer to a time when Love was abundant between all people and where life was perfect. Each myth gives its own version of this era, and very often, the myth becomes a belief. The stories themselves are of little importance, but what we can retain from them is that at some point in time, this perfect Love was fragmented, but its memory- what pure love really is- resides in every living heart.