My definition of a mystical experience: is the experience of achieving a higher, or deeper, state of consciousness. Piercing through the veil of our physical reality and becoming aware of the interconnectedness of everything. Ever since my first psychedelic trip, which I refer to as a mystical experience, I started on a journey to figure out what had happened to me. Was the drug making me crazy or was it enabling me to experience something real? That first mystical experience felt like I was a young adventurer, thrown into an entirely new world. In which everything needed to be discovered and learned for the first time. It was incredibly overwhelming. This is where journalling saved me! I had already developed this personal writing habit. So I knew the effect it can have on calming down the mind. I tried to slowly put some of the immensity that was overcoming me into words. Which was hard because every few seconds a new line of thinking jumped in. Opening an entirely new realm of possibilities to get me distracted. So it was impossible to stick to a thought and finish it. Putting things into words was incredibly hard because it felt like my brain was simply not able to interpret and process it all. But by trying to hold on to the first few written words of a sentence, I could stick with a certain thought until I got distracted again. And when I gained a new moment of lucidity I could finish the sentence again. Slowly but surely I was regaining some calm. Using the writing as a mental lifeline to climb out of the vast sea of information. In which I felt like I was drowning. I regained some calmness and was able to ride out the peak of the trip eventually. After the peak, everything became much more smooth and experienced an incredible sense of peace and harmony. With a deep knowing that I just went through something of large significance for myself. I was intensely proud to have faced this internal challenge. Over the past 7 years, I've had a few more mystical experiences. Of which some were entirely self-induced. Each of them gave me a clearer understanding of how our reality works. However, I still had to complement my personal experiences with a lot of theoretical research. And quickly noticed that all of this information was hard to find and very scattered. It takes a lot of time for people to dig into these spiritual topics. Which is a big reason why people don't start in the first place. Or give up their search at a certain point. #### This is why I decided to write this book. To serve as a concise and comprehensive introduction for people who are interested in these topics. Something that appeals to a generation that thirsts for spiritual direction but is repelled by all the current stories that are out there. With this book, I want to show that you don't need to be religious, a secluded monk or a new-age hippie to concern yourself with these matters. My dream for this book is to provide a translation around these ancient spiritual concepts and belief systems. Turning it into a vocabulary that is easy to grasp for our current generation. Showing that a path of spiritual self-discovery is possible, and meant, for everybody. #### This is why you should read this book In the back of my mind, I intend this book to be the ultimate resource I wish I had after my first mystical experience. A concise clarification of what had happened. What it meant. And what I should do with it. So over the past months, I've collected all the questions that came up and found in online groups. Put those in a cohesive outline and present answers to them in three ways: 1. Through my own mystical experiences. 2. Through metaphors, of similar phenomena we find in nature. 3. And paraphrasing the people that have been the most useful to me in understanding all this. With this approach, I hope to do three things respectively: 1. Showing that if I can experience these things, you can. 2. Showing that these things can be easy to understand. 3. And showing that I'm not the only one saying this. Because I'm just a simple, straightforward, cut-the-crap Dutch guy with no impressive mystical background at all. I'm no monk living in a cave, no student of a Yoga guru nor have relations to any indigenous tribes. And you don't have to either. Everybody can understand these things rationally. But I've noticed that to truly believe them you need to experience the mysticism yourself. So this is for the ones that had a mystical experience and want to understand better what happened. Just as well as for those who are interested in working towards one. #### Outline This book should serve as the foundational understanding, that gives you everything you need to know to start working on your deeper purpose. The first part will be about the interconnectedness of everything and your unique role in it. Explaining all the foundational concepts, rationally and easily to follow. So that you can start to align with your deeper purpose. The second part will go into working with the nature of this reality. Applying the concepts of part I, so you can become whole again. Continuing to gain more clarity, while you progress, on your deeper purpose. I don't claim to have all the knowledge, but I'm sure that I can point a few of you in the right direction. Which is inward. You just need to believe in it. So let's start!