So, in Rational Mysticism, Horgan brings up a few interesting terms. Here’s a random, notebook compilation of what I’ve come across…
Emanationism- clear light of void, which fractures into increasingly fragmented realms of reality (such as ours). This is a common experience mystics have; blinding, radiant love which fractals into thousands of dimensions. I’ve even had a good friend of mine have such an experience. Seeing this written here put it in a broader perspective (and much to my surprise).
Gnosticism- the world is somehow… broken. Something is wrong with reality, as it is inherently illusory and thus (evil) must be shunned in order to become closer to God. This is ironically a stance Horgan takes throughout the book. He finds himself experiencing cosmic paranoia.
Cosmic paranoia- a fear of unity, or illusion. Being terrified that everything is ultimately “unreal” and any unitary experience (oneness with other) is seen as terrifying, revolting even (Horgan had to look away from people during a psychoactive experience, because he felt himself as one with them and found it scary).
Holy Madness - after becoming enlightened, and seeing all is “illusory,” a madness may follow.
Amnesis- God creating the universe, for one reason or another (Loneliness, boredom, creativity, a mix of all three and then some…), and the act of God forgetting himself in order to create the universe. This can be analogous to someone stuck in a void, and, becoming bored, falls asleep in order to create worlds and people to meet in his mind. This can be seen as the other end of the spectrum of enlightenment- there is waking up, and there is falling asleep, amnesis.
Instrumentality and automatization- two basic cognitive tendencies that impede mystical awareness. Instrumentality is our compulsion to view the world through selfish interests, while automatization is to learn tasks thoroughly enough that we can use them without conscious thought.
Deautomatization- the goal of Zen, according to Austin, is to this, a disruption of “our routine ways of perceiving and interacting with the world. Instead of seeing the world as objects we can use towards personal gain, we simply see them as they are.