On Experience


Exercise 1: Describe your experience of some mundane object that is immediately in front of you (e.g., your pen, a water bottle, etc.).


Exercise 2: Describe some memorable experience, that is, something that you either still find significant after 6 months, or anticipate that you will.


Exercise 3: What is the most important thing that has ever happened in your life? It may be something you have done, or it may be something that has happened to you. How would you describe that thing?


Which of these descriptions would you consider to be closer to a mystical experience, if any? Do any of them bear any characteristics of a mystical experience? How do you think a mystical experience might differ from each of these?