November 9, 2013
Heal Your Life
Have you ever had a moment of a deep connectedness with creation –a mystical moment of transcendence and ecstasy? It might have been as you watched a sunset, gazed at a night sky, felt the warm sun on your skin as you walked along the seashore, or listened to the rushing water as you sat by the creek in a canyon. They don’t happen because you’re especially spiritual or deserving, or you’re in the right place at the right time, or you’ve wished it into being. Instead, it can happen anytime spontaneously.
What is a Mystical Experience?
Reading or hearing about a mystical moment is very different from having one, and they seem to only be captured by poetry and song. You’ve probably heard of the bliss people experience during those moments as they hear a heavenly melody, see bright lights, taste divine nectar, or are intoxicated by celestial perfumes. Sometimes there are simultaneous tears and laughter as one realized the perfection of life. Everything suddenly makes sense.
Mystical experiences can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few days. If one only lasts a second or two, we often don’t give it much significance. We simply enjoy it then dismiss it as a “nice feeling.” But a mystic’s heart awakens, making each of these moments a profound touchstone. Knowing creation and the creator personally and intimately calls them to embark on the mystic’s path.
Who Are Mystics?
A mystic rarely calls herself (or himself) a mystic as her sense of self is overshadowed by the momentary experience of the wonder of creation. The mystic detaches from the hypnosis of social norms and customs, cultural conditioning, and worldly influences. She (or he) is no longer interested in the roles people play or her or other people’s status, they have transcended social norms. They are no longer that significant. Instead her focus is to expand her consciousness and open her heart, so she can more deeply experience a union with creation and Creator. Self-knowledge and divine communion are her ultimate goals.
A mystic’s path is far from formal. It doesn’t require gaining more knowledge, or thinking your way into a divine or ecstatic state, or faking it till you make it, or doing endless acts of charity. It doesn’t require you to get deeply involved in your religious practices either. Instead, it simply requires walking with a prayer in your heart, a calling to deeply know the Divine.
The Journey of A Mystic
The journey requires faith and patience, as the path isn’t linear and there’s no knowing the timing of divine realization. A mystic can merge with the Creator through prayer, meditation, creative practices, and even through their work. Modern meditation practices, such as a mantra meditation, naturally create silence in the mind, an open heart, expanded awareness, and a transcendence of self-image. Also required is a refined nervous system. Meditation is the practice many mystics use to become more intimate with all that is.
I’ve been practicing meditation for 20 years. Known as the perfect antidote to stress, meditation lifts the veil of stress that can mask your senses and the wonder of creation. Meditation, when taught properly, and practiced daily, will help you to see clearly, maintain harmonious relationships with yourself and this world, and uncover the beauty of your heart, the radiance of your soul, and the awareness of the Divine. Meditation cultivates inner peace and spaciousness, and makes way for magical mystical moments. I invite you to give it a try.