My name is Aviilokin K'shi; a name that I have humbly chosen to adopt due to a desire for anonymity. As a fiction writer, I occasionally have to create names for potential characters in my stories. As not all of these names will eventually be used, I was left with a few that I could use for my pseudonym—the name that I use as an author. Aviilokin K'shi is pronounced as ah-vee-lo-keen kuh-shee. My pseudonym is utterly fictive and a product of my own mind, and should not resemble a divine name as often adopted in Indian or similar spiritual traditions. I write books, be it fiction, poetry or esoteric instruction books, from the perspective of one born with a humble spiritual giftedness that allows me to be in touch with my former lifetimes devoted to mystical self-cultivation, including the path of the Taoist. With this nor my author name do I seek any form of prophetic or divine self-proclamation; I reject any form of status or unnatural social, material, or romantic-sexual privilege.
I do not wish to say much about myself, safe but that I care deeply for the welfare of all life and as a writer would like to contribute to the timeless human discussion on how to potentially overcome our worldly struggles and intrinsic ignorance of identity and reality, in which any person should mandatorily be free to reject or accept any proposal of truth given by any other individual, even should that individual possess a halo of light or an impressive PhD. My soul is at heart very Taoist, a path that stems from an ancient form of Chinese mysticism that seeks to attain a personal transcendental communion with the inner workings of nature; nature in this sense meaning reality, life; existence. With this I consider myself an esoteric atheist; this means I feel nothing should be accepted as true unless you are capable of direct personal experience. We are nature, and nature is you. You are nature in a sentient form. I appreciate that nature in her sentient form, as a human being, is able to peer through a microscope and practice the deeply valued scientific method; but if nature in her sentient form can peer through a microscope, nature can also learn to look skilfully within and refine her own self-awareness through the discipline of meditation. The meditator empties his mind of thoughts, opinions and interpretations, so as to attain the pure awareness of unadulterated observation. This process is dissimilar to philosophy and subjective contemplation and indeed the body/mind become an empirical gateway into the fabric of reality. Refining the self-awareness, nature in her human, sentient form may awaken to her own inner mechanisms, laws and principles and even touch upon her quantum fabric.
I am very aware of the fact the scientific community usually does not appreciate it when the mystic uses terms such as quantum because it might appear that the mystic is trying to represent an official scientific model while not necessarily being equipped with the necessary education. Though some mystics may indeed take this daunting task upon themselves (and may or may not succeed), I use the term simply because I as a mystic seek to communicate a realm of experience that is very abstract to the non-practitioner and am looking for relevant vocabulary that is able to intelligibly reach the eyes and ears of the public, with my communications being based on altruistic motives. Though I seem to understand it is a matter of debate in the scientific community whether or not all matter is actually vibrational energy, that can or cannot be influenced by consciousness, this has long been the experience of reality by the mystics of the world and accepted as truth by many a practitioner. When the meditative practice of the mystic touches upon the vibrational aspect of reality and wishes to communicate this to the contemporary world, may it not be held against him that he has the proclivity to speak with modern vocabulary. With this it is not necessarily intended to represent an official scientific quantum model, but actually to propose a unique interpretation of quantum reality coming from a different paradigm other than the scientific method, namely the paradigm of the mystic, or the esoteric atheist if you will. Just like within the academia a variety of formulations and interpretations are allowed to exist of the quantum level of existence, may the mystic also be granted the freedom to speak on this level of reality, though providing the disclaimer that he is foremost speaking from out his own paradigm and may at whiles try to draw correlations between the two contrasting paradigms not to unjustly validate his work, as if he has the validating stamp of academic officialdom, but to pursue the noble attempt of bridging two worlds and facilitate communication between them, seeking to unify humanity within a single coherent understanding.
When the two paradigms compare their experience of reality, we must ever understand that the interpretation parameters of validation used by one paradigm cannot necessarily functionally palpate and interact with the principles and experiences put forth by the other paradigm. When we are not able to validate something as true, that is not the same as having invalidated it as false.
Throughout the history of science, fraudulence and immoral applications of the practice has existed, i.e. industry-funded/dependent research producing biased results in favour of economic benefit for the relevant industries, biased scientific claims being made in favour of political agendas, unacceptable degrees of animal suffering, Big Pharma, unethical weaponry (weapons of mass destruction); or human experimentation such as in contemporary North Korea, a publicly admitted instance of the American Central Intelligence Agency  , and historic Nazi Germany. In the same manner, good and bad, enlightened and delusional, exists within the world of mysticism. Just like we should not automatically equate all scientists with unethical weaponry or human experimentation, neither should we automatically equate all mystics who wish to communicate their findings to the world as ill-intended and fraudulent con men simply because the scientific paradigm does not have the means to validate their claims, or because the scientific paradigm indeed actively disagrees with certain claims. I say this because this is the attitude so often found within the academia and mainstream society so that I, as an aspiring mystic author, felt it necessary to clarify my stance on this matter.
Speaking from out the Taoist dimensions of my soul: Cultivating the heightened self-awareness of meditative discipline is but a part of how the ancient Taoists attained to truth; an important second facet of this process is what I call transcendental empathy. Empathy means that one is able to understand another by placing oneself in his or her position. The transcendental Tao, often seen as the source of life, may also be regarded the universal essence of all things. A mountain, a tree, a river, people and other lifeforms; all share the Tao as their universal essence. Being the universal essence of all things, it has a connective quality between all things. One who lives in compliance with the transcendental Tao therefore places himself in the universal essence of all things, thereby attaining an empathic relationship with the myriad facets and affairs of existence; not just commonplace things such as rivers and mountains, but also more abstract things such as the laws and harmonising dynamics of nature. This enables the Taoist to enter into a state of wisdom and a higher-harmonious state of being and begins answering his greater human potential. In order to attain transcendental empathy one must live in a state of inner stillness with one's speech being more or less reduced to the sheer functional, for through stillness one's lifeforce is stabilised and can thence be directed so as to function as a signal and make and maintain contact with Tao. Because contemporary society, whether alternative or mainstream, is not socially nor professionally equipped to provide a functional and peaceful co-existence with one achieved in silence and transcendental communion, I do not necessarily recommend people to enter into this path. More relevant for the contemporary human condition are forms of spirituality that do not facilitate stillness as strongly as is necessary in a path that cultivates transcendental empathy.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Kundalini Yoga: Kundalini Yoga is a very active and vocal discipline. Every Kundalini yogi I have met has a very impressive state of being.
- Vipassana meditation: Vipassana meditation as facilitated by Dhamma.org offers a ten-day silence retreat where the participants meditate for about ten hours per day. Though the retreat takes place in silence, silence itself is not taught as a way of life. The retreat is based solely on donation.
- The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity by Daniel Reid: An excellent book that offers Taoist techniques for three topics relevant to all human beings: health, sex, and longevity. Also see: Danreid.org.
- George Thompson: Adventures into Philosophy: A popular YouTube channel by a very relatable young man who offers Taoist techniques while offering human harmony within a non-transcendental standard.
- Damo Mitchell: A prolific author on Taoist inner alchemy and related works but does not necessarily emphasise a silent way of life.
- Dzongsar Khyentse: Venerable Lama Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is a teacher within the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. He does not shy away from speaking with the necessary scepticism of his own path. Such self-relativizing qualities are essential in teachers that aspire to non-sectarianism.
- Eckhart Tolle: Eckhart Tolle is a name that needs no mentioning in the world of spirituality. His path of finding enlightenment in the present moment while seeming utterly disinterested in status and power make him a teacher accessible to many.
- The Wim Hof Method: Wim Hof created the Wim Hof Method; a combination of cold exposure, yogic breathing techniques, intention, and self-awareness. His methods help people overcome both mental and physical disharmony and disorders, whose effectiveness has been scientifically verified. Wim Hof is an extroverted and very intense personality, contrasting against the path of silence that I propagate. Mr. Hof is one of those people I would recommend to those looking for significant transformations yet do not wish to leave the present behavioural standards of humanity.
Because unethical conduct exists within the world of mysticism/spirituality (including establishments such as Buddhism and Taoism) and unverifiable claims can quickly be made, I recommend that the seeker equips himself with the attitude of the respectful sceptic. Please do consult the Internet for websites and platforms devoted to scepticism; YouTube allows for an easy viewing and listening experience while sceptics, often academics, try to invalidate spiritual views on reality. Of course, be equally sceptic of the sceptics, as people are often motivated out of a desire to preserve their sense of self and reality, and their social-emotional and material/professional investments in certain views and standards, just like a Biblical person would be unwilling to part from his views in the face of evolution theory. In the human mind, objectivity is quickly lost.
Please also research the phenomenon of cults and sectarianism.
I would humbly define a cult or a sect as a group of people joined together under the banner of an alternative view on life that parts from the standards of mainstream society while harming the sacred democratic principle and freedom of individuality.
A group or a belief should not be seen as sectarian simply for deviating from the norm, for in that sense Christianity should be seen as sectarian within an Islamic or Buddhist nation. The moment the democratic principle and freedom of individuality is violated, it is sectarian.
In conclusion, I am only a humble poet with a small spiritual giftedness; hoping to offer a view on our worldly challenges through the perspective of the meditating mystic or what I like to call an esoteric atheist. I usually do this through the playful manner of storytelling and poetry, but may write works more literal in nature.
I have considered providing a personal photograph on this author page in order to facilitate a deeper bond with my audience, but aspiring to humility and non-sectarian spirituality I have decided against it.