Axel Abraham Randrup (real name) is trained in biochemistry and psychopharmacology, with a Dr. phil. degree from Copenhagen University. He is a Laboratory leader at St. Hans Mental Hospital, Denmark, and some of his research publications have been widely cited. He has had a number of transcendent experiences. The one he has chosen to submit to TASTE occurred in his garden in Denmark when he was 68 years old.
Axel Abraham Randrup
In a recent paper, “An Alternative to Materialism: Converging Evidence from Nature Spirituality and Natural Science” Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol.4, No.4, pp. 15-24, 1997, I have described some transcendental experiences of my own. Here is an excerpt from that paper:
“Experiences of this kind are also familiar to the present author. Here is an excerpt from a private letter written (in French)
July 7, 1994: “This morning, when I went into my garden (about 10 minutes ago), I had what I now call a spiritual experience. I experienced the garden (the trees, the grass etc.) clearly more intensely than at other occasions, when I also loved the garden. This time I experienced “the eternal now” as well, and immediately after I thought that the felt importance and intensity of my experience was more essential than its duration and its position in the ordinary time.”
I also remember having experienced entropy, a more abstract, theoretical entity of nature, in this spiritual way.”
Contributor’s Comments on the Experience
This and similar experiences have affected my everyday scientific work, i.e. I find it difficult to accept materialism, the idea of a world “out there” separated from human consciousness. This is described in the article mentioned above.
These experiences have also been (and are) inspiration for continuing scientific research.