Are YOU a Modern Mystic?
The modern mystic can derive a surplus of inspiration from the mystics of ages past. The deep well of knowledge and truth to come from mystics of diverse backgrounds remains a light of inspiration. No matter the amount of time that passes, their words still hold true for humankind.
So, would you recognize your spiritual practice as modern mysticism? Many Spiritual-Earthy-Witchy-Magical-Energy Healing practitioners wouldn’t immediately recognize themselves as a mystic. The word holds immense power, but I would argue it is a power within YOU.
The Modern Mystic’s Identity
A mystic believes their spiritual reality is the result of going within and finding the truth hidden there. Whether their training is formal, such as traditional religious practice, or informal, such as following your higher self’s guidance, it’s important to seek truth in all forms. A mystic’s identity is formed once they accept the realization that our experience is much larger than we would be led to believe.
The Mystic’s Path
The goal of any spiritual practice is to discover knowledge, which will help you live a more balanced life. A mystic’s path must first develop trust in the process and patience that the energy needed will manifest in divine time. Surrender to your path, knowing that time is not within your control, but the truth is within.
When we silence our minds and bodies, then turn the attention inward, we release the information from Source, whatever that may mean to you and your practice. Meditation and prayer can bring our minds to a place of silence. Repeating a mantra, visualization, sitting silently in nature, silent meditation, or prayer of any nature circle our energy to a place of internal commune.
That energy is something we all tap into from time to time, but it’s there for all eternity. It’s your choice to practice.
Finding Inspiration from Mystics of the Past
Attaining spiritual knowledge for the Modern Mystic doesn’t have to be a formal path in any way. You can take classes and attend seminars if that is what you enjoy, but it is in no way a requirement. A great first step would be to read the words of mystics throughout the ages. Their knowledge and insight into the human condition are helpful to us all.
I have compiled a list of 20 quotes to get you started. Read the quotes and contemplate their meaning. There are no right or wrong answers with most things, but there is only truth as you interpret it from self-inquiry.
- “The message is that all things are connected.” -John Dee
- “There is no higher religion than truth.” -Helena Blavatsky
- “Death is the protector of life and life is the process of death.” –
- “God is equally near in all creatures.” -Meister Eckhart
- “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.” -Ram Dass
- “Life is a journey not a destination.” -St. Therese of Liseaux
- “For the most part, what we think of as ‘I’ is nothing more than a whole heap of conditioning.” –
- “Mysticism: to dwell on the unseen, to withdraw ourselves from the things of sense into communion with God – to endeavour to partake of the Divine nature; that is, of Holiness.” -Florence Nightingale
- “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi
- “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” -Joan of Arc
- “Any kind of expectation creates a problem. We should accept, but not expect. Whatever comes, accept it. Whatever goes, accept it. The immediate benefit is that your mind is always peaceful.” -Swami Satchidananda
- “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” –
- “What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.” -Elie Wiesel
- “Things don’t have significance: they only have existence.
Things are the only hidden meaning of things.” –
- “When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive.” -Chief Seattle
- “Be the change you want to see.” -Mahatma Gandhi
- “For a lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us everyday.” –
- “Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained.” -Lao Tzu
- “Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another. We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.” -Lame Deer
- “We were loved from before the beginning.” -Julian of Norwich