Unity

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A feeling of Unity with all nature and creation is a Connection Outcome. A feeling of unity is also a central and defining feature of a Unity Experience, which is a type of Connection Experience.

List of Connection Outcomes

Connection Outcomes > Absolute Sensation, Activation, Alignment, Altered State of Consciousness, Ananda, Arendi, Ascension, Awakening, Beatific Vision, Bliss, Bodhisattva, Breakthrough, Buddha Mind, Center, Christ Consciousness, Clarification of Consciousness, Clarity, Connection Psychosis, Consciousness of Presence, Cosmic Bliss, Cosmic Consciousness, Cosmic Religious Feeling, Daigo, Dark Night of the Soul, Direct Mental Interaction With Living Systems, Dissonance, Déjà vu, ESP, Ecstasy, Egoic Collapse, Egoic Explosion, Emotional Cleansing, Emotional Satisfaction, Enhanced Creativity, Enhanced Intellectual Function, Enhanced Psychological Function, Enlightenment, Epiphany, Existential Terrors, Expansion of Meaning, Experience of Admixture, Feeling of Immortality, Flooding, Forgiveness of Sins, Gifts of the Spirit, Glimpse, Gnosis, Happiness, Healing, Improved Relationships... further results

Notes

The experience of unity is different than the experience of union. When one experiences unity, one feels united to nature, creation, the species, and God. When one experience union, one becomes ultimate Reality.

Pahnke cites unity as one of the primary psychological characteristics of Mystical Experience. "Unity is a sense of cosmic oneness achieved through positive ego transcendence. Although the usual sense of identity, or ego, fades away, consciousness and memory are not lost; instead, the person becomes very much aware of being part of a dimension much vaster and greater than himself. In addition to the route of the "inner world," where external sense impressions are left behind, unity can also be experienced through the external world, so that a person reports that he feels a part of everything that is (for example, objects, other"[1]

"There are moments of prayer when the soul feels itself face to face with ultimate Reality and in joyous fellowship with perfect Personality."[2]

Footnotes

  1. Pahnke, Walter N. “Psychedelic Drugs and Mystical Experience.” International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 1969, 149–62.
  2. Jones, Rufus Matthew. Studies in mystical religion (Kindle Locations 181-182). Kindle Edition. "
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