Authentic spirituality
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Authentic spirituality, then, can no longer be mythic, imagi-nal, mythological, or mythopoetic: it must be based on falsi-fiable evidence. In other words, it must be, at its core, a series of direct mystical, transcendental, meditative, contemplative, or yogic experiences – not sensory and not mental, but transsensual, transmental, transpersonal, transcendental consciousness – data seen not merely with the eye of flesh or with the eye of mind, but with the eye of contemplation. Authentic spirituality, in short, must be based on direct spiritual experience, and this must be rigorously subjected to the three strands of all valid knowledge: injunction, apprehension, and confirmation/rejection – or exemplar, data, and falsifiability.