The following is an excerpt from The Feedback Loop of the Mystic by John and Christine Brighton. It’s a featured Speakeasy selection, and there are still limited review copies available for qualified reviewers.
We are given a precious jewel called the mind. Our personal freedom depends on learning how it can become an inner- directed servant rather than an other-directed master. This requires learning how it functions, especially how it modulates itself in a self-referential manner. Not learning about its nature and how to control it for personal and social benefit makes it quite likely that someone else, or some self-serving group, will do so. Given the technical nature of our time, coupled with the powerful force of “group think” and the hidden powers that control society, the wherewithal for this to take place on a very large scale is almost a foregone conclusion. However, it’s never too late to begin. Why not start now?
We go through life not realizing that our consciousness is teased by a constant barrage of stimuli emanating from the inner world of memories, physiological processes, and the outer world of constantly fluctuating events. Now and then some inner process “chooses” from this plethora of possibilities, and brings it into a state of focus, where everything else is suppressed. It could be about physical or psychological suffering, a car accident, or finding a one hundred dollar bill on the sidewalk. It doesn’t matter whether the mind fools us into becoming aroused by something that appears as something else, but these moments are “real” to the observer, and our bodies are at the mercy of the mind’s interpretations.
Then there are what I call “signature moments” that live in our memory like beads strung on a necklace of time; these moments are not ordinary ones. They stand out because of their personal uniqueness, for we intuitively know that despite their common elements, they could not have happened to anyone else in the same way. Usually it takes a dramatic event around which the beads gather in thematic relationships.
For me these relationships are rooted in numerous psychic experiences that began with an out-of-body event (OBE) when I was just three years of age. These are the events that led me into the counterintuitive journey I describe in this book.
To fully express the roots of this journey I felt that it was important that I try not to devalue them; while they are special I did not want to think of them as something superior that would set me apart from other people, for I intuitively knew we all share such potentials. While not fully knowing how they came into being I kept notes, thinking that someday I would be able to explain or enrich them from a scientific perspective.
Personal history and modern science do not easily blend, even though much of the insights that come to the creative mind in any field emerge from the depths of the personal spirito-psychophysiological history of individuals in a social context. It is always a holistic process that is not isolated to the individual but includes the interactive time and place where the insights occur. I refer to them as moments of “relative unity” because each one was riveting in its own way, uniting me into a wholistic system of mind, body, and spirit.
Often I would re-read my notes only to find that they were actually forming a long statement about the universe being expressed through me. Each incident was like a sentence of a paragraph stretched out through many years. It was as if each event was changing my mind and life, one gestational step at a time.
After many decades of research and working on myself to attain spiritual benefits, I experienced the emergence of what I thought to be a Jungian “Symbol of unity” that not only altered my level of being and consciousness but also began “organizing” my notes in counterintuitive ways.
At that moment I felt that “secrets” about our nature and the universe were being revealed to me in symbolic visions, and finally via the Symbol, by some Cosmic Intelligence, which I eventually realized was mediated by my Self in a spiritual mode of being. Exhilarated by it all, I took its suggestions and began to reorganize my numerous notes in order to write this book. What follows is what came from that intuitive relationship mediated by the Symbol.
About the Authors
John Brighton’s interest in science and metaphysics was piqued in early childhood by experiences of various kinds of psychic events. At some point they formed a pattern, which eventually was revealed to him in the form of a Symbol, which led to the essence of The Feedback Loop of the Mystic. His formal training includes a BA with a major in Psychology, an MA with a major in Child Development, a Naturopathic Degree from Clayton College of Natural Healing, with certification at the Ayurvedic Institute, and certification in hypnosis.
Christine Brighton has been essential in supporting The Feedback Loop of the Mystic. She has participated with extensive research, clarification, editing, and the balance that comes from working together towards a shared vision. Her formal training includes a BFA in Studio Art, and a Naturopathic Degree from Trinity College of Natural Health.