You can personally experience the flavor of the different stages on the path of meditation. We are not referring to psychic or outlandish experiences. We don't expect flying saucers to land on our heads. We are talking about experiencing reality, as real as possible in your own existence. In order to experience that reality, you have to tame your mind.
Condensed from "Introduction to Practice," Talk One of the 1985 Seminary Transcripts, page one.