That said, here are a few of my very favourite books from my Amazon lists, which I treasure:
"Individuality itself seemed to dissolve and fade away into boundless being, and this was not a confused state but the clearest, the surest of the surest, utterly beyond words – where death was an almost laughable impossibility – the loss of personality (if so it were) seeming no extinction but the only true life."Taylor discusses how dancing, meditation, listening to music, contemplating poetry or painting, running, or simply sitting contemplating in silence, can all induce either high-intensity awakening experiences, or something calmer and more peaceful. I know from my own small experience of meditating how I can lose a sense of boundaries within my body, and I have experienced a great sense of love and peace. And some people experience transcendent sex -- when you have a mystical experience during the act of sex, without necessarily having any interest in or knowledge of, mysticism or religion.
"I could no longer define the boundaries of my body. I couldn’t define where I began and where I ended. […] My left hemisphere brain chatter went totally silent, just [as though] someone had taken a remote control and pressed the mute button. At first I was shocked to find myself inside a silent mind. But I was immediately captivated by the magnificence of the energy around me… I felt enormous and expansive. I felt at one with all the energy that was and it was beautiful there…
My spirit soared free like a great whale gliding through a sea of silent euphoria. Nirvana, I found nirvana…"
"Every morning when I first awaken, I have a feeling of total clarity as to the sense of life, a feeling of myself and the universe as a matter of the utmost simplicity. “I” and “That which is” are the same. Always have been and always will be.”I read an article recently about how it’s common for astronauts to have deeply spiritual feelings or experiences. Since then, a quick search on Google reveals just how common an experience this is and it even has a name, the overview effect. It is said to be a similar effect that is experienced by Buddhist monks whilst meditating.
"What I do remember is the awesome experience of recognizing the universe was not simply random happenstance…that there was something more operating than just chance."