BEYOND THE BOX #010
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An Attempt to explain the Mystic and Mysticism
I usually write from a Mystic perspective – but what is Mysticism you will ask? – and that is not easy to explain – but I will try if you, the reader, will bear with me.
In order to understand the Mystic perspective one has to get beyond the mind. The mind must be seen as a tool not our master.
The mind is left brain – linear thinking, thinks in languages, the one we use in our day-to-day interactions.
The right brain is our intuitive, heart, feeling part of us. The here and now, one human family – and this is more the side we use in our mystic explorations.
The Mystic operates from the heart and intuitive feeling. In our “Western” world where we tend to glorify the mind this is not an easy concept we feel too comfortable with.
Let me quote from “The Art of the Genuine: A Spiritual Imperative”: “Mysticism posits that there is a mystery that underlies life and confounds the ego-mind, which in turn, seeks explanations and rationale for this inexplicable mystery, and in this search, science, religion, psychology, and philosophy are nurtured and sustained. While these tools and disciplines are believed by many to guide our inquiry into a transcendent consciousness, it is a little like trying to explore the ocean's depth with an airplane.
The ego-mind knowledge structure observes the ripples of soul, but the profound source of these ripples reveals itself to no one – its structure being the superstructure of all things material and non-material. This leaves the ego-mind feeling frustrated and somewhat distrustful, at least in those who are awakened to this reality. The ego-mind searches for the expression of intelligence in the significance of activity; while the soul is intelligent unto itself because it faithfully receives and transmits the virtues of the heart.
The ego-mind seeks the pay-off of activity or the rewards of consequence; while the soul seeks to sustain a culture of the heart's virtues within the density of the worlds of form. The self is caught, in a sense, between two worlds that share one common element: Purpose. We are all aware in our most lucid moments, that there is a deeper purpose to life, and, in particular, to OUR life. The fragmentary world of form is arresting to our senses, but it does not provide satisfaction to our inborn longing for purpose.
That is why the ego-mind is frustrated in so many who are here waiting for their purpose to unfold. The art of the genuine is the practice of coherence between the deeper awakening of the heart virtues within each of us, and their faithful expression in the worlds of form. Those individuals who are awakened to the frequencies of the energetic heart within and practice – to their best ability in the moment – the expression of these frequencies in their behavior and actions are practicing their highest purpose.”
Allow me to stress this point: they are PRATICING their highest purpose. They are not seeking it. They are not wondering what it is. They are not frustrated by the enigma of their seeming elusive purpose. They are simply practicing it. Living it as an integral element of their life expression and seeking to increase the degree of coherence between what they understand their heart virtues to be and how they can express those heart virtues with genuineness.
In a sense it is seeking a balance between the left brain with its linear thinking and the right brain with its heart awareness feeling - an understanding and an awareness not easy to comprehend in our mind orientated Western mind set. One way to test this within yourself is to observe yourself in a situation in which you might be trying to explain something to some one -. Do you start off by saying “I think” etc. or “I feel” etc.? The first is Left brain and the second is Right brain. Interesting isn't it.
Mysticism is in truth part of our deep need to understand our purpose on this journey we are all on called “Life”. Our search for “God” however one understands or perceives That. To give some meaning beyond the ordinary – something that gives us hope that there is indeed more to this journey we are on.
Then let me close with a quote that has always resonated with me from one of my past teachers on the universal question What is “God” ?.
“What God is can best be described as the collectivness of mankind whether seen or un-seen and in the virtue of mankind's existence that God thru that description is un-conditional and open ended love – because in that realization of what God is is the realization of what we are – that we are God and we always have been. That we are not evil in our souls as we have been taught or that we are corrupt. That we are really divine in our souls and with that learning – that profoundness of learning – it allows us the vision – the hope – the desire to become all that we can be which is unlimited probability. That gets us out of the harshness of our own creations and gives us hope.
It teaches us how to love.”
Be well – Michael. [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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