Rip Parker
3 min readJan 4, 2024


To grasp: to fully comprehend.

Reality: the state of actual existence as experienced.

To comprehend: to understand.

Reality is discovered at different levels of consciousness. A dream is real. Awakening is more real.

The more awakened we are to an experience, the more meaningful the experience becomes. The more meaningful the experience, the more difficult to reduce to words.

The more difficult to reduce to words, the more difficult to readily carry in ordinary experience.

Experiences of great meaning must regularly be consciously revisited, remembered, in order to make them more easily accessible.

We must reduce a meaningful experience to feelings that are not dependent on words. The feeling must become part of us, recalled without effort.

The most meaningful experiences, irreducible to words, cannot be fully shared.

Any two or more people who share the same meaningful experience, whether simultaneously or not, know each other through indirect exchange of words, or even simply from presence with one another. This is true brotherhood.

Brotherhood: feeling of kinship and closeness, holding in common a knowing shared without words directly describing the shared knowing which is not possible.

A sense of spiritual family is the essence of true spiritual experience. A physical family sharing spiritual experience is an eternal family. Bodily death does not separate those of common spiritual experience, known or unknown.

Spiritual experience may occur and slip into the unconscious mind due to irreducibility to words. Even in the unconscious mind it remains eternally real recognized through the accompanying deep feeling which will occasionally rise to consciousness.

True spiritual experience when carried in the unconscious mind is constantly in the service of the experiencer even when not consciously recognized.

True spiritual experience takes root in the soul and cannot be removed by any force. It is eternal. As with all living things that take root in fertile soil, true spiritual experience grows and flowers perennially sharing fruit to eat and shelter from sun and storm.



Rip Parker

Geophysicist, lawyer, mediator, student of Jung, phenomenology, semiotics