Spiirtual experiences are probably hard to describe. I can't say for sure, becauase I can't say for sure that I have ever had a spiritual experience.
Howevever, I'm inclined to share this lesson anyway. This lesson was brought to me by a spider. Ever since I was a kid, I've had a fascinating view of spiders. And why not? They are more alien than coomon insects. Although they don't fly, they do have many outstanding hunting techniques, and they have ten manipulative extemities, not so unlike the fingers and toes of humans but at the same time very dissimilar in their applications.
Anyway, this lesson particularly is about the web-spinning variety of spider. I didn't see the spider, unfortunately (or not) but the web I witnessed was of the most practical significance.
This web was attached to the base of a branch on the lower end of a fir tree that I would often sit beneath to smoke, or read, or sit and talk with friends.
The web itself was unremarkable as far as spider webs go. Like I said, there was no spider around, and no insects trapped in the web either. It was a generally run-of-the-mill web. Probably by some type of weaver spider. The important thing is the web itself. The web itself, insofar as it was an object identifiable in relation to the rest of the fir tree, was its own thing. It could not have existed without the tree trunk and branch to support it.
As I looked at the web, that very thought was striking; that it itself was something different than the structure that supported it. Yet, without the structure of the tree, the web would have no foundation, and would not in any sense be identfiable as a web. Most importantly, the web was comprised of many lines that relied on its own structure, not quite independent of the tree but certainly not independent of the other strands that made up the rest of the web.
This, I thought, was a perfect analogue to the human mind.
Human minds are like a spider web. Our associations are like the individual strands in the web. First, we need a grounding that exists in the reality (physical or otherwise) outside of our mentality. Once those basic connectiond are established, we begin drawing associations between those basic associations. This is reflected in the way some of the more intricate strands in the spider webs are connected to strands that akready exist. This series of connections can fractalize, maybe indefinitely. While spider web is confined to a relatively small space, sich is not true for the mind. Maybe the mind is not constricted to physical space at all; who knows?