A personís subjective experience of God canít be challenged Ė at the quantum level, objectivity and subjectivity merge into each other. The point of merger is the soul; therefore knowing God comes down to this: like a photon nearing a black hole, our mind hits a wall as it tries to think about the soul. The soul is comfortable with uncertainty; it accepts that you can be two places at once (time and eternity); it observes cosmic intelligence at work and is not bothered that the creative force is outside the universe.
We have a simple picture of the situation. The mind is creeping closer and closer to the soul, which sits on the edge of Godís world, at the event horizon. The gap of separation is wide when there is no perception of spirit; it grows smaller as the mind figures out what is happening.
Eventually the two will get so close that mind and soul have no choice but to merge. When that happens, the resemblance to a black hole is striking. To the mind, it will be as if falling into Godís world lasts forever, an eternity in bliss consciousness.
From Godís side, the merging takes place in a split second; indeed, if we stand completely in Godís world, where time has no meaning, the whole process never even occurred. The mind was part of the soul all along, only without knowing it.
The instant that your mind pays any attention to the soul, it is pulled toward it, with the inevitable result that all separation will close. Objectively, this journey toward the soul, this process, is like a particle of light crossing the event horizon.
The fact that our minds can register this journey is astonishing, because the whole time it is happening, ordinary thought and perception continue. The word ecstasy derives from Greek roots that mean to stand apart or outside. A personís attention is standing outside material life and witnessing the dawn of ecstasy.
Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).