The Great Spiritual Experiment

What is The Great Spiritual Experiment? ―

What is this experiment? It’s an odyssey conducted within an isolated holographic universe.   It would be best to learn the rules since you are already taking part in this experiment.

What A Crazy Experiment!

Life is the ultimate virtual experience.  It seems so realistic; some people can’t tell the difference between the experiment and reality.  You are already a part of this experiment, and you might as well learn all the rules.  Sorry, there’s no backing out now.

“Life is but an endless series of experiments.” — Mahatma Gandhi

The Great Spiritual Experiment

Nietzsche describes it as viewing life as a series of questions and experiments.  At this point, it doesn’t matter if you choose to be a part or not. You are in it anyway.  You can worry about it and philosophize about it, but it won’t change the fact you are here. It’s a great opportunity.  It comprises Ten simple Articles:

Article One

It’s a spiritual adventure. Some think the outcome is predetermined, but others believe it is just chance and chaos.  The most popular opinion is that it is a bit of both.  There are several variables, resources, and lessons in the experiment.

However, you will not (generally) remember this while conducting this crazy experiment we call life. That’s what makes it fun.  You “think” it’s unpredictable when you probably planned most of the “really freaky” stuff.

If you are a fan of the movie “Forest Gump,” you understand it is a combination of chaos, uncertainty, planning, and fate.  Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get.

“Life is like a box of chocolates, You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forest Gump

Article Two

You receive a biodegradable container for the experiment’s duration, which houses your consciousness. You may like it or not, but you cannot exchange it (see Article One). Unfortunately, the container is programmed to wear out and fail.

You are a ghost riding a meat-covered skeleton without a clue of what happens next.

The expiration date and time for your container are unknown. Several factors affect the expiration date. There are imperfections in the unit; accidents, disease, unforeseen circumstances can alter the duration of the experiment.  Any of these may cause termination of the container and the end of the experiment (see Article One).

Article Three

The goal of this adventure isn’t to have fun.  Sorry.  The primary purpose is to learn lessons.  There are lots of things to learn and understand.  You might get an opportunity like falling in love, for instance.  However, some of these lessons are unpleasant, like losing a loved one (see Article One).

But each day of the experiment, you will have opportunities, challenges, trials, and tests. You need to figure them out, and there isn’t a cheat sheet available.  Every day you are the oldest you’ve ever been, which presents new challenges.

If you are born into or fall into a religion, that’s a part of the lesson you choose.  The object of this puzzle is to find your way out. Don’t be upset about this.  Remember, you picked this lesson (see Article One).  A lot of people get stuck here.  It takes a certain level of courage and awareness to climb out of religion (See Article Six regarding awareness.)

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” — William Arthur Ward

Article Four

To emphasize the importance of lessons, we often get the opportunity to repeat them.  Sometimes this is because you missed the object of the learning opportunity.  Or perhaps you wanted to emphasize the learning aspect (see Article One).

Unfortunately, sometimes lessons are repeated for no reason at all.  This spiritual experiment has several known flaws built into the chaos factor.  And, sometimes, we repeat lessons because of the Synchronicity Programming Error.

Some people are just addicted to unpleasant experiences. That’s why we like scary movies.  You may be attracted to the wrong type of people because they mirror something in you? It’s up to you to figure this stuff out during the experiment.

If you can’t, perhaps it’s just a programming error.  After all, this is a complex system, and bugs are constantly being discovered and repaired.  Did we mention it’s always in Beta release mode?

Article Five

Your decisions result in a variety of intended and unintended consequences.  Since this experiment has continually changing variables, there’s no way for you to get it right every time. Isn’t that great! It’s important to remember. There are no mistakes. There is simply a continuing litany of lessons (see Article One, Three, and Four and, of course, the Synchronicity Programming Error)

“I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.” — David Maraniss

Article Six

We know this Article as “the awareness catch.” You must be “aware” to thoroughly learn and understand the lessons (see Articles One and Four). Lessons and learning opportunities come in a variety of different ways. Some are clear, and some are not.

That means, if you aren’t aware enough to understand the lesson, you will keep repeating it until you finally “wake up.” There is no part of the experiment that does not contain instruction of some sort.  You may as well awaken and make the most of this fantastic learning opportunity.

Article Seven

There is no reset button (see Article One). Other situations may look better than where you are.  But if, and when the “there” becomes “here,” you will see another “there” that looks better than “here.” Whether you think you can or think you can’t get “there,” you will be right in either case. (If you don’t understand this Article, see Article Six).

Article Eight

All things and people in the great spiritual experiment are a mirror of your nature. You cannot love or hate something about another thing or person unless it reflects something that exists within you.  Some people can help you learn your lessons, and some are distractions.  Your fundamental nature is a state of happiness, so you don’t need things to be joyful; all you’ll need to do is be yourself. Don’t f__k this part up.

Article Nine

It’s a scavenger hunt of sorts.  You begin with just three states of consciousness, waking, dreaming, and sleeping.  However, there are other states. You need to find and use several tools to help you wake up and become more (and more) “aware.” The more “aware” you are (See Article Six), the greater your understanding of the lessons in the great spiritual experiment.

All the tools are already on the hard drive of your mind.  These are essential tools that are a part of your operating system. These include your intuition and other doors to non-ordinary states of consciousness. Other people may also be available to help you find these doors.  Others can walk the path with you, but it’s your path, and the steps you take are yours alone (see Article One).

No one is going to remind you to seek other states of consciousness. If you miss the opportunity to open the door to other states of awareness, you’ll miss more than half of the options available.  If you don’t do this, you will automatically reincarnate the most elemental form of consciousness, and that’s why there are many rocks.

Article Ten

Whether you acknowledge it, you are taking part in “The Great Spiritual Experiment.” Enjoy the journey.

In Conclusion

“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally. The end result is what matters. What one felt was what one experienced. One retires to bed as wearily from having dreamed as from having done hard physical labor. One never lives so intensely as when one has been thinking hard.” — Fernando Pessoa

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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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