: having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence
: involving or having the nature of an individual’s direct subjective communion with God or ultimate reality
Mystical (adj.): late 15th century, “enigmatic, obscure, symbolic.” Meaning “having spiritual significance” is from the 1520s.
Mystic (adj.): late 14th century, “spiritually allegorical, pertaining to mysteries of faith,” from Old French mystique “mysterious, full of mystery,” or directly from Latin mysticus “mystical, mystic, of secret rites” (source also of Italian and Spanish mistico), from Greek mystikos “secret, mystic, connected with the mysteries,” from mystes “one who has been initiated” (related to mystery). Meaning “pertaining to occult practices or ancient religions” first recorded in the 1610s.
“A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.”
Simone Weil (1909-1943, French philosopher, Christian mystic, political activist, and teacher)
“There are no differences but differences of degree between different degrees of difference and no difference.”
William James (1842-1910, original thinker in and between the disciplines of physiology, psychology and philosophy; wrote twelve-hundred page masterwork, The Principles of Psychology (1890))
“The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.”
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987, American mythologist, author, editor, and teacher, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion)
“I will soothe you and heal you,
I will bring you roses.
I too have been covered with thorns.”
Rumi (1207-1273, Persian poet and Sufi master, one of the most popular poets in the U.S. and globally)
“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
Meister Eckhart (1260-1328, born Eckhar von Hochheim, one of the great Christian mystics, theologians, and philosophers)
“A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.”
Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born American philosopher, writer, and teacher, best known for helping to bring Eastern philosophy to the West)
“For if the will has nothing to employ it and love has no present object with which to busy itself, the soul finds itself without either support or occupation, its solitude and aridity cause it great distress and its thoughts involve it in the severest conflict.”
Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582, born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada, prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun)
“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
— Meister Eckhart
I always had this deep connection with the mystical nature of God. Can’t help it. It’s how I was made. I love observing and feeling Universal Source Energy in all of its diversity, glory, and splendor. It’s where I am able to dance with the divine and when I am my most authentic me.
Lately though, I’ve been re-examining my unique place in the Universe. Generally, I do a lot of self-examination when comes to my character, but not usually my spiritual nature.
The question came up while attending a Bible class. It was not something I planned, to go to church. I just kept following God’s light paths, and it lead me to the meet so many different types of people, not only philosophically and spiritually, but politically too.
I’ve been doing the same with listening to music and reading different types of opinions and books. I am challenging myself and acquainting myself with different perspectives in hopes of deeper and more profound spiritual experiences on the New Earth plane.
But, what I didn’t anticipate is that I would meet others who did not feel the same way. Recently, I came across vital information Carolyn Myss wrote about the mystical laws, illusion being one of them.
Myss wrote: “I forgive all these people who I believed had deliberately hurt or rejected me. That, too, was an illusion. They never plotted to reject or hurt me. I projected expectations on them based on my own desires and they failed to live up to my imagined plans.”
Once processing the information, I came to the conclusion that it’s important that I accept my unique connection to the Universe, and accept that there will always be others who do not understand or accept who I am. What’s important is my own acceptance, and my unique connections to others luminous beings and other enlightened paths.
Be well, my fellow sojourners!
Faithfully Yours, Tonya