This has been one of the most significant revelations fo me, that has resulted in a shift towards trusting more in my direct experience of life. Arthur Zajonic shares his view regarding “direct experience” with Krista Tippett, in her wonderful book, “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living“. This is ultimately the hope of meditation for me, that it might lead to this way of being.
She writes what he has shared with her ” What you do, what you experience, is reality. It’s a strange thing, that what we experience in life as our real world—the world of children and suffering and getting old and getting born and all the rest of it, that sensual lived world of experience—gets explained away, in the old view, in terms of a whole set of other things. Sometimes I think of this as a kind of idolatry. If you’re pointing at the gods, but you can’t really see the gods, you create a statue. Same sort of things in physics. You can’t see that far, so you create a model. That’s what we call it, right? And then you fall in love with the model, and it becomes a form of idolatry. You end up worshipping the model as opposed to the thing you were trying to understand, which was the human being or the planet or the whole cosmos. So you need to be an iconoclast in some sense, to take those down and reanimate your direct experience, your direct epiphanies and insights into that world of pattern. Yet taking that turn also connects back into lived experience in a way that, to me, opens up the moral and ethical dimensions of life once again.