What is Direct Experience?

How would life be if your psychological identity and ego didn't filtrate, project unto and therefore pollute every experience that you were having? A life without the innumerable projections which your agitated and restless mind so often gives birth to.
I would say that life would probably feel immediate, total and fulfilling, and it would also feel much more of a genuine experiencing of yourself and your reality.

Life is experience and experience is life.

Direct experience is simply you being yourself in the immediacy of the present moment. That is, you being yourself without any filtration made by the psychological aspect of your mind. Since life is experience and as it always takes place in the present moment, the present can then be said to be all that one truly knows. An obvious statement you might say, well yes and perhaps even a cliché in modern speech, but within this cliché lays a great truth. This truth unequivocally proclaims that only the here and now exists and you are it. You are being lived by the present moment as you are seemingly living it simultaneously. You cannot separate yourself from the here and now, if you think you can then that is only through the medium of thinking it so.

I find this to be a great realization for the mature mind, and in my view a mature mind is nothing other than a mind that is ready to fully receive that naked truth (the essence of the mystical experience) i.e. you can never not be here and never not be in the now.

The purpose of direct experience is to bring you back to your original position and presence, a place where your experiencing of life and existence becomes untouched, unrefined and inseparable from you.



Indirect Experience and A Noise of Three Kinds

That being said, I sense that direct experience, for the most part, remains quite elusive for modern man living in today’s noisy world.

A “noise” which consists of three kinds:

The first being the actual concrete noise of todays buzzing machinery of a society, the cars, the buildings, gadgets, technology, engines and what have you. This noise is quite palpable for our senses and can sometimes fill us to the brim and drive some of us into a deep existential despair.

The second noise is the prevalent addiction to thinking and thoughts. Which simply means that one most often is heavily identified with the thinking process that occurs in the brain, which consequently leads to the result that ones projections about life become innumerable and quite frankly unbearable, at least this was the case for me at a certain point in my life.

Direct experience is the cure for this peculiar condition troubling many people...

Lastly, the third noise is the ever-fluctuating cultural ideologies, which all modern societies more or less are impregnated and operate under.

It is some sort of a cultural operative system if you will, an operative system that shapes the individuals into gross masses and most often turn them into blind worker bees and zombies, instead of free, independent spiritually healthy individuals.


machinery at work, our society

All these three mentioned noises can and is incredibly distracting for the human mind. Our original sense of presence and our subjective experience of life is somehow overlooked as a result of being surrounded and fascinated by this noise.

Furthermore I maintain that these distractions bring us out of our direct contact with the immediacy of experience and thus are the mechanisms that are responsible for what I call “indirect experience”. This indirect form of living and navigating through life is quite limited in scope and meagre in existential wisdom.

Life is Now!
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Direct experience is the cure for this peculiar condition troubling many people. It is the cure because you and all your superfluous ideas about yourself and existence become absorbed by life, and what remains is life itself!

You are life so let yourself be totally alive by transcending that which hinders you!

If you wish to learn more or rather dive deeper into the vast dimensions of direct experience, i.e. explore further this specific subject which iPerceptive so lovingly puts forward, feel free to dive deeper into three original works regarding direct experience by the founder of iPerceptive, Daniel Seeker.