My Chosen Letters replicate the event of my Universalism. This new philosophy grew on me step by step by way of the Nineteen Eighties. I discovered myself on a Mystic Method after the bewildering awakening in Japan in 1965, following an expertise of being taken to meditate in a Zen temple in Tokyo. I glimpsed the internal Mild that may be with me on and off for the remainder of my life. I wrote in my Diaries:
All morning I’ve been full of a spherical white mild: I can’t see it, besides sometimes after I glimpse it and am dazzled, however I do know it’s there. It is sort of a white solar. That is, I suppose, what Christians check with because the soul – the centre of the self. And the paranormal expertise is given that means by the relation between the centre and the solar, in order that every little thing is one.
I noticed that it was not the universe that had modified, however my self and my notion of it “in order that it [the universe] now appears extra harmonious”.
I discovered myself present process a centre-shift from my rational, social ego to my deeper self, and from then on I used to be on a pathway that had occurred to me quite than being consciously chosen. Six years later, after internal purgation and a interval after I noticed every little thing extra intensely than normal, I skilled a full illumination on 10 September 1971. For an hour and a half I used to be flooded with Mild. I wrote in my Diaries:
It got here in me: a tree, white towards black inside me, a naked winter tree of white hearth, flowing, rippling as if in water…. And extra. A centre of sunshine shining down as if from a fantastic top, rays coming down like rocket blasts or fireworks. Then a white flower like a chrysanthemum (detailed cells). And a lot extra…. A solar, breaking by way of cloud (a moon?). Stars. And a fountain of white mild. Patterns like my mandala. And I used to be behind my chest – in my coronary heart – mendacity down, respiratory slowly and deeply with half-closed eyes, close to sleep as at Worthing after I had two visions…. After I sat up I felt… refreshed, turned inside out, and wobbly on the knees…. A portray with ‘God sitting on a throne’…. It was darkish, my window was open. The clock ticked. Some visitors roared. I fell on my knees at nighttime, palms clasped and there was a white level, then a circle of sunshine that went deep deep up into the heavens. I stated, ‘I give up’, and the sunshine moved and adjusted until I felt exhausted…. I wish to push it away now, neglect about it and have a drink in The Bunch of Grapes. I really feel relaxed. In any case my searching for, I’ve discovered my coronary heart, my centre, my soul, I’ve discovered my white mild. I really feel exhausted however blissfully pleased. Full of affection…. A spherical blob, typically like a jellyfish, typically like a celestial curtain blown in a wind – the aurora borealis in Marvels of the Universe. That’s what I’ve discovered. Really feel too limp and exhausted to jot down any extra. Or to speak my weary jubilation.
I started to interpret:
Me and my Flowing Mild. Nothing else. Everybody has it…. I used to be like a toddler that doesn’t know it may stroll till it has been instructed it may…, till it has been taught…. I’m fairly drunk with it. So wobbly on my knees. Drunk with love. Can’t take any extra now. Too drained. At nice peace.
The expertise was accompanied by many photographs, and each my experiences in 1965 and 1971 may be present in My Double Life 1: This Darkish Wooden, p.188 and p.374.
By the early Nineties I had been by way of a Darkish Evening of the Soul and a Darkish Evening of the Spirit and had emerged into unitive dwelling after I instinctively noticed the oneness of the universe and of humankind – which kind the essence of Universalism.
In different phrases, I used to be dwelling by way of my deeper self, my core, which sees the unity of issues. The rational, social ego is beneficial for seeing variations and making distinctions, however the religious core, a deeper centre of consciousness recognized in meditation, reconciles opposites and variations inside an underlying unity that features all pairs of opposites. Day and night time, peace and warfare, life and loss of life, time and eternity, the finite and the infinite are all seen to be a part of an underlying unity. This new approach of trying is how our deeper self actually sees the universe.
Universalism sees every little thing in relation to the oneness of the universe, the One. Mystics have seen the One because the metaphysical Fireplace or Mild. Shelley wrote, “The One stays, the various change and go.” St Augustine wrote in c.400, “I entered (inside myself). I noticed with the attention of my soul, above or past my thoughts, the Mild Unchangeable.” Hildegarde of Bingen, who died in 1179, wrote, “The Mild which I see… is extra good than the solar.” Pascal known as it the Fireplace, and wrote the date he noticed it, Monday 23 November 1654, on parchment and sewed it into his doublet. My works report 112 experiences of the Fireplace or Mild (all dated from diary entries on the time).
The important thing message in 60 years of letters about my works is that regardless of its many contradictions, the universe is a Oneness, that each one humankind is basically a oneness and that each one disciplines (together with literature, philosophy, historical past and worldwide politics) are individually a oneness and should be seen as an entire and are collectively interconnected inside a Oneness.
In my Chosen Letters I write about seven disciplines: mysticism (seeing the Fireplace or Mild because the common mystical expertise, seeing the unity of the universe); literature (seeing the elemental theme of world literature as a quest for the One and as condemnation of follies and vices); philosophy and the sciences (seeing all humankind in relation to the One, the unity of the universe, and so difficult fashionable philosophy); historical past (seeing the underlying patterns of world historical past and of 25 civilisations as starting with a mystic’s imaginative and prescient of the One, seeing all historical past as one, an entire); faith (seeing the Mild because the frequent essence of all religions, that are subsequently one); worldwide politics and statecraft (seeing the advantages of a brand new democratic World State that may abolish warfare and remedy all of the world’s issues); and world cultures (seeing the underlying unity of world tradition). All these disciplines are linked by the One all of them strategy.
These seven disciplines are interconnected just like the seven bands of a rainbow: every band is separate but is a part of one rainbow, and behind all of them is the Oneness that everybody can expertise of their lives, a unity behind all the variety the rational, social ego sees. My trademark is the stag on my coat of arms, the 2 seven-branched antlers: one antler representing the seven disciplines, the opposite antler representing the seven branches of literature during which I’ve written and labored (my most important self-discipline).
My new philosophy of Universalism surfaced in a time during which philosophy had been dominated by rational, analytical philosophy: logical positivism and linguistic evaluation. Universalism seems again to the Presocratic Greeks, together with Anaximander of Miletus, who together with Heracleitus of Ephesus linked philosophy with Nature. My new philosophy of Universalism returns philosophy to Nature, and philosophical Universalism challenges logical positivism and linguistic evaluation, the rational strategy to the universe of the Vienna Circle that targeted on language and logic greater than on the science and fantastic thing about the universe.
In my literature I’ve explored this oneness (literary Universalism). I’ve written two epic poems on warfare and peace, Overlord (concerning the Second World Warfare) and Armageddon (concerning the Warfare on Terror). My subject material has taken me throughout the Atlantic to America. I mentioned Overlord with Ezra Pound, an American, in 1970. My heroes have been People: Eisenhower after which Bush, my Aeneases (Aeneas being the hero of Virgil’s The Aeneid). In my present affairs I’ve written an American trilogy (The Secret Founding of America, The Secret American Dream and The Secret American Future). I owned Otley Corridor within the UK for seven years, the place the Jamestown voyage, which led to the founding of America in 1606/7, was deliberate. One of many letters is to President Clinton in 1997, and he did what the letter instructed and based mostly the four-hundredth anniversary of America’s founding, celebrated in 2007, on the Jamestown settlement. So I consider myself as a half-American author. (Someday somebody might look into me as an American author, and these two epics, at the moment out there worldwide, could also be republished by an American writer with introductory essays drawing consideration to the American angle in these works.)
Having written two lengthy poetic epics on warfare I’ve concluded that nationalism results in warfare. At any time when there’s focus on being a nation-state, warfare shouldn’t be far off. The last word logic of Universalism, the oneness of all humankind, is to go for a peaceable supranationalism, a democratic World State for all humankind (political Universalism). After the dropping of the atomic bombs in 1945, Truman, Einstein, Churchill, Eisenhower, Gandhi, Russell, J.F. Kennedy and Gorbachev all known as for a democratic partly-federal World State, and my political Universalism is in that custom.
America can deliver a World State in. In my historical past I’ve made a examine of 25 civilisations and have seen them as going by way of 61 phases (in The Rise and Fall of Civilisations). I see America as being in stage 15, the stage the Roman Empire was in. All the opposite dwelling civilisations are in stage 43 or 46. In keeping with my examine the youngest civilisation at all times triumphs over the older ones.
I’ve described a World State in three books: The World Authorities, World State and World Structure. I’ve gone into appreciable element as to how a brand new World State would look. I envisage a Decrease Home, initially based mostly within the Basic Meeting of the UN, a World Senate, and a democratically-elected world president. It will have sufficient federal authority to abolish warfare and implement disarmament, fight famine, illness and poverty and remedy the world’s monetary, environmental and virological issues. We might do with an answer to the virus and local weather change. We’re prepared for one thing like this now. All of us wish to bequeath a peaceable world to our youngsters and grandchildren, and these days a democratic World State is the easiest way of attaining this.
To return to my Chosen Letters, I’ve written concerning the unity of the universe in books on seven7 disciplines: on mysticism and comparative faith (The Fireplace and the Stones and The Mild of Civilization); on philosophy (in The New Philosophy of Universalism, and earlier than that in The Universe and the Mild and The One and the Many); in historical past (in The Fireplace and the Stones and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations); in literature (in A New Philosophy of Literature, which particulars the elemental theme of world literature as a quest for the One and likewise condemnation of follies and vices as in Horace and Pope, and in my works); and in world tradition (in The Secret American Future). The again covers are all on my web site, www.nicholashagger.com. My letters replicate all my 55 works, and I imagine the various references to them throw appreciable mild on my whole literary output.
The letters comprise many new angles inside disciplines and up to date historical past, too many to record right here, and plenty of anecdotes together with ‘new takes’. There’s something new on each web page, and as bedtime studying (months of dipping) or a spotlight for studying teams there’s a lot to soak up throughout the new approach of trying on the universe, humankind, philosophy, historical past and world politics.
There’s a long-established custom of letters going again to Roman occasions. The poet Alexander Pope edited his personal letters – my Chosen Letters are in his custom – and was adopted by Wordsworth, Keats, T.E. Lawrence, Ezra Pound and Ted Hughes (one in every of my correspondents). My letters, apart from throwing mild on all facets of my 55 books so far, throw a lot mild on Universalism, its genesis and improvement, a approach of trying and experiencing that may profit the life-experience of many diligent readers and widen their grasp of what’s occurring on the planet – and the universe.