spiritual awareness

Our Spiritual Senses, Part 3—Taste

The most intimate of the mystical experiences, seems to be taste, in which we receive, so to speak, the kiss of God in our inmost being. Spirit which is the most sweet kiss … pours into our inmost being, the fire, the light, the life, and the love … unconditional and infinite love, which is the ultimate source of creation and the universe.—Fr. Thomas Keating

In the previous articles, I introduced you to the sense of smell and touch as inlets of spiritual knowledge—to experiencing God. Yet an even more profound communication is through the spiritual sense of taste. Many know the Psalmist used this very word to describe the intense exultation in knowing Spirit, “O taste and see the goodness of God!”

The Sower

The Sower

Throughout the ages, the great thinkers, philosophers, and spiritual masters have talked about a higher realm of awareness within us—a state of mind, a way of thinking, a type of perception—where we experience the ultimate sense of well-being. The Buddhists call this higher realm of awareness Nirvana. They describe it as being like a gentle breeze that finds all things worthy of caress. The Hindus consider this awareness a mystical union with Brahman, their chief God. The Zoroastrians call it paradise, and they say the loveliest becomes lovelier.