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Science of Experiential Validation

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Generally we feel that Experiences of a human being are subjective and we can not talk about them Scientifically. We feel that everybody’s desires, thoughts, expectations, imagination, feelings etc. are different so we can not have a common basis to talk about them. It is said that there is no objectivity in them and it seems that there can not be. Ultimately it leads to the conclusions like everybody’s preferences are different, everybody’s desires, thoughts, expectations are different, everybody’s Truth is different and everybody is different.

Experiences differ from Physical realities in certain way which make their study difficult or different. Experiences can only be observed by the Experiencer i.e. the person who is experiencing them. Experiences can not be accessed by any other person by any means, other than the person who is experiencing them.  Experiences are said to be personal and subjective. Physical realities on the other hand are observable and verifiable through senses. Experiences can not be observed through senses. Sensory observations are relatively easier to observe and validate than Experiences.  This distinction doesn’t make Experiences unobservable, they are just observed differently.

Like, observing a chair in front of our eyes and observing “willingness to live with happiness” (or even “willingness to live”, “willingness to live with Trust”, “willingness to live with Respect”) are two different things. First is sensory, second is not. Second can only be observed within us. It is not unobservable. The way we can make mistakes in observations through senses and in experimentation, the same way there is possibility of making mistakes in correctly identifying and recognizing our own Experiences. For example “willingness to live with happiness” is something which can only be observed within. One may be unaware of it till it is observed within, but when a person who has experienced it within draws other person’s attention towards it and other person pays attention to it and realizes it within then it is validated for that person that it is true for him as well. This is what is called Experiential Validation.

Claim in this post is, internal realities or Experiences are not completely subjective in nature. They are as objective in nature as we feel Physical realities are. It is just the matter of practice that we are not trained to introspect and self reflect so we miss many of the internal realities (Experiences) or are totally unaware of them.

Since these internal realities are not observable through senses so their observation might seem difficult. A person who has “seen” these realities by himself can draw our attention towards them and we can validate by ourselves if that is true. Results in Experiential Validation may not be instantaneous. The observation itself may take years to be correctly made. It also depends on the “need” of the person who is observing. Without “need”, it is hard to make observation within. More strong the “need” is, the more precise observation can be made, and also observation makes “need” for further deeper observations more strong, so in this way it is reinforcing in itself.

A person who has already observed the realities whether internal or external can make the observations for others easy with his guidance, without which the process of observation may become extremely difficult, specially in case of Experiential Validation.