Mysticism and the Mystic


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Mysticism and the mystic
What is mysticism?
Why love can be used to access Divine Truth
 Applied mysticism
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When the word mystical or mystic is used to describe something or someone, many probably begin to think about strange and/or unusual occurrences and individuals who have profound visions and/or experiences of some type of the unseen world. Visions, conversations with spirits, seeing through time and the like are some of the things individuals consider mystical. But of course, there are many others. Mystics tend to be seen as individuals who have deep religious experiences. Many see a mystic as someone who grows into mystic or becomes a mystic after a long period of study, practice, instruction, devotion to a spiritual and religious tradition. Whereas a shaman has a profound mystical experience that completely changes their life and amounts to more to having an accident, the Ultimate Accident, where they are thrust into an alternative reality, the mystic tend to grow into the alternative reality through some type and/or kind of religious or spiritual tradition.

In this regard, the individual who is described as a mystic or having a mystical nature mystic tends to be seen as someone who is not fully present and engage in the physical experience. That is, they tend to act differently and seem to be of a different world than the rest of us. To many the mystic and mystical deal with profound spiritual issues and experiences and are not of the physical world. To others, the mystic is a little bit crazy or delusional and mystical things tend to be more magical if not deceitful. But the question is, “Is what is described here within the Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity mysticism?”

What is mysticism? (Top)

Mysticism as typically defined is characterized as a belief that through love, in particular, a spiritual love, a man or woman can achieve a direct and immediate consciousness of God, Divine Truth or whatever you may call it, without the use of reason or any of the ordinary senses. The mystic is one who obtains such understanding and experience through love. Why there is a belief that consciousness of God and/or Divine Truth is accessible through love is discussed below. Of course what exactly is meant by love is another issue for there are as many definitions and interpretations of love as there are people.

Mysticism affirms the idea that truths about the unknown and unseen elements of Creation may be directly apprehended by intuition and/or meditation. Here again, the mystic obtains such truth by directly though intuition and/or meditation. As we can come to see if you explore creativity, such truths can be gained in this manner. They can be accessed through relatively simply techniques using our intuitive guidance and can contribute quite powerfully to any creative effort. In fact, accessing the deep undercurrents of Creation discussed in this technology can give, but will not necessarily give, what one calls a mystical experience every time they are entered.

In many ways mysticism is that aspect of humanity whose focus is on accessing and developing a working personal relationship with the Source of Creation. It is a working relationship because the mystic can use the understanding to recreate their life and the world of their experiences. To the mystic, the relationship with the Source of Creation is not a “text book” knowledge that remains in the mind and not acted upon. Rather that mystic live his life as the application of what he or she has come to understand about the Source of Creation.

It is a personal relationship because the mystic by themselves and usually alone acts on their understanding in the way they personally know and understand the Source of Creation. The do it in their own way. Although they usually use a religious or spiritual tradition to access the Source of Creation they rely on their own experience of the Source to live their life even if it opposes the very religion or spiritual tradition it used to access the Source.

The true mystic is like a true shaman. They do not follow the path of another unless they have eaten of that path, digested that path or way of another, and made it part of themselves as one would eat any food. It is now their path, not the path of any other. An apple is no longer seen as an apple once it is eaten. So too the path of any other. Once it is eaten and digested it should no longer look like the path from which it came. If it is the say, it has not been eaten and digested. In this regard, many individuals have mystical experience but never really become a true mystic. Rather, they stay wedded to a tradition. Most individual are afraid to eat the apple and make it their own.

As practiced within any given spiritual or religious tradition, mysticism will attempt to develop a relationship with the Source of Creation as defined and/or perceived within that tradition. However using a spiritual or religious tradition as the vehicle to have an experience of the Source of Creation will not give you that working personal relationship. It is here the shamanic experience as originally understood becomes very important and is in fact a form of the Ultimate Accident. The original, or true, shamanic experience was a mystical experience where the individual has an experience of the Source of Creation independent of any particular spiritual or religious tradition including the traditions, social or otherwise, native to the individual’s immediate world. Often that immediate world is the shamans family, tribe or extended local family. The original, or true, shamanic experience was, and still is, probably the mystical experience that is the purest and most free of any beliefs of mind.

It is said the original, or true, shamanic experience because traditionally, a person became a Shaman only after they had some type of unexpected mystical experience. One did not study or apprentice to become a shaman. The original Shamanic experience often occurred during an illness, accident or some other mind shifting occurrence. The one who had the experience did nothing to obtain the experience. That is, they were not practicing any rituals, reciting any chants or prayers, not doing any drumming or anything to induce the experience. It was after the experience the person became a shaman. Prior to the experience, the individual did something else and most probably had no desire, aspiration or even consideration of being a shaman. It was something that happened to them. In essence, the experience they had can be called the Ultimate Accident.

Usually what happened in the tribe was that the individual underwent some life transforming event. They then sought out the tribe’s shaman, a medicine man or woman, a tribal elder or the like to understand what they experienced. It was then an existing shaman or similar person would take the individual into a apprentice relationship. Yet the relationship was not to apprentice the individual but help them to understand, access and use the power the stumbled into.

In many ways what the mystic and mysticism is to a spiritual and religious tradition, shamanism and the shaman is to the spirituality and religion to an indigenous tribe. However both have the potential to create and establish a unique personal experience of the Source of Creation. Whether they do is another story.

Any practice, apprenticeship, training program, physical practice, and the like does not lead one to a true experience of the Source of Creation. It can’t. Because of how we create our experiences by what we think and believe, any experience we have through practice is a created condition by mind. To have a true unbiased experience of the Source of Creation, we must be out of mind and outside any thoughts we hold. Contrary to popular belief, we cannot be trained to become a Shaman or a mystic. Any program you under go is only a focusing of our own mind to create a particular experience. The issue of mind and the experience of the Source of Creation is discussed in the topic “The problem of mind and the experience of the Source of Creation - the trap of mind.”

One of the best ways to have an experience of the Source of Creation is to become lost in creative play and allow the creative play to turn into the most creative state of being. That state of being then puts you at the door way to have the Ultimate Accident and an experience of the Source of Creation. It essence we will have your own shamanic and mystical experience without the trauma that usually accompanies the initial shamanic experience that causes one to stumble into shamanism and/or mysticism.

Although most mystical practices have become associated with spiritual and religious traditions that tend to see the body and physical creation as somehow removing us from Divine Truth, Tantra is an exception. Tantra is a view of mysticism that is characterized by the belief that through physical love and sexuality accompanied with the appropriate spiritual practices, a direct and immediate consciousness of God can be achieved. Although this is true, Tantra, as is any other spiritual or religious approach one takes, is hampered by the intention for which we undertake the practice.

But, Tantra has some additional problems. Because sexuality is the second most creative state we can enter, the intention we hold for engaging in Tantra become much more important than when we engage in any other spiritual tradition. The use of sexuality amplifies both the stated intention for engaging in sexuality but it amplifies the beliefs we hold around sexuality, spirituality and the like that go with our consciously stated intention. The issue here is whether you engage in Tantra for the opportunity to engage in sex and sexuality or we engage in Tantra because of the sexual energy that awakens or is expressed in the creative endeavors we under take. There is an enormous difference in the two and a profound impact on what we will create in and with our life. The issues of sexuality and how they relate to creativity are discussed under the web page Creative Sexuality.

Why love can be used to access Divine Truth (Top)

It is in the discussion of spiritual and physical love that one can being to understand why the mystical path is based on the belief that it is through love that Divine Truth can be ascertained is quite simple. It is indirectly discussed in the topic, “Symbolism of the Heart.” In this discussion, it is said the flow of energy that sustains us arises from the intention for our life that caused us to come into physical existence. We look to the symbolism of the heart for this flow of energy lies at the source of our being and sustains us much the way the heart lied deep within our being and sustains our physical body through the flow of life giving and life nourishing blood. Yet the flow of energy that sustains us ultimately arises from the Source of Creation. It arises from the desire of the Consciousness that lies within Creation, the Consciousness of all that is, a Cosmic Consciousness, to share itself with a playmate as discussed in the Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective. It is the desire to share that sustains us. In one way, that desire to share arises out of the deepest and most profound loneliness and is the ultimate pain we all face. Yet at the same time it is the deepest and most profound love one will ever experience. Hence accessing the source of our being, that flow of energy, is to access love and Truths of Creation in the deepest possible love. It is the mystic who access this both this love and pain for they are ultimate one and the same. This is why we must learn to not deny our pain but explore its origins for all that we seek in life ultimately arises from a profound loneliness and desire to share. It is there we find the Source of Creation and all the creative power/Creation Power we can access.

Applied mysticism (Top)

Because the heart is usually associated with love and/or mystics and the heart is symbolic of the flow of energy that lies at the source of one’s creative powers, one can see why conscious creativity as described within the Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity technology can be called applied mysticism. Applied mysticism is not about becoming a mystic. Rather, it is rather becoming a conscious creator in that we access the truth of our own being. That is we love ourselves sufficient to allow the full expression of the truth of our being to be revealing. In that love of ourselves we can give the same gift to another. We cannot give what we do not have. Until we love ourselves true to who and what we are and can give ourselves the space to freely unfold our truth, we cannot give that to another. Applied mystics as is conscious creating is accessed through our own heart, the symbol of the flow of our creative life energy and our creative spirit. It is the source of our creative powers/Creative Powers. It is to consciously act on what we know to step into the world and change the world based on the intuitive understanding we have gained in accessing the flow of energy that sustains our being.

Related topics (Top)
The creative spirit and the spirit of spirituality/religion
Creativity and spirituality
Creativity and mysticism
Shamanism and the Shaman

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The mystical experience
Bridging the seen and unseen
The love of the mystic

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