How does a mystic balance a normal life with their experiences?
At the beginning, a mystic finds himself ricocheting off the sides of the tunnel of human life at speed. OUCH, OUCH, OUCH, DAGNABBIT, OOOH.
The mystic’s mind and/or body is hurtled against the impenetrable sides of an unwelcome human existence that surrounds him as he speeds out of control, even when he thinks he’s in control before he knows better.
Ordinary humans stay in the default position never knowing anything else.
The mystic should not be having this endless ricocheting experience. The mystic of all people has been given the centre road, right down the middle without the slightest wobble or deviation.
This perfection is given to the mystic, one of the fruits of the spirit. It is the mystic’s centre of contentment whilst the mystic is enduring being human. (Dr Marsha Sinetar posed the probability that mystics are a separate species)*.
Remembering mystic experiences is the mystic’s refuge, the mystic’s aid in getting back into the centre of contentment when humanity overwhelms. Then the mystic’s centre is retrieved by recalling the mystical experiences of reality, MER, that created the mystic in the first place.
Ordinary humans can do this to a more limited but powerful extent too. They call it meditation, but giving things names instantly puts a box of expectations around a process where in Reality, where all things are perfect, there are no names.
Meditation takes longer than the spontaneity of MER of course. But what are the options for someone who “hungers and thirsts”, impelled by persistent feelings however weak or strong, to know Reality?
Meditation of the kind described here is not for the curious or those who just want to be better humans. A religion might suit them better to start with…
The mystic can just sit quietly and allow Reality to take over. That’s why everything that exists exists in Reality why nothing can be itself without being absorbed into Reality by Reality.
So ordinary people can benefit from meditation:
- Just sit and shut up. Let go and let Reality.
- Shut down.
- Refuse all but Reality. Eliminate. Clear out. Keep trying until you don’t have to try any more but are carried on anyway.. (As if, but not really! letting a wild animal eat from your hand without knowing you’re there).
- Listen and obey. Eventually you wont have to obey.
- Keep trying after failing. The process works.
- Don’t have any expectations.
- Clear yourself. That which you seek seeks you!
It helps to have someone who has already achieved in this endeavour to be available to help you recognise your destiny, (your vocation, ie, destiny), who can help you persist.
Eventually Reality does everything. By then you are that Reality and will find Reality is enough and always has been. The human race is getting there, despite its history. Reality has its own history.
As a mystic I don’t know how humans survive the human experience. I was cheerfully told, “They don’t, it’s terminal.” I find this exasperatingly sad. Why have humans been allowed to sink to their level in the first place I ask myself. And the perennial answer of Reality is: “All is well.” (Some scientists forecast humans will develop from their present chrysalis stage into something entirely different. This echoes a Sufi tradition).
As humans we are spectators at best in the great dissension between spirit and matter. Most humans don’t get that yet. But some scientists already have. They call it something else. (Tomartoes, tomaytoes!). All is well.
Onwards and upwards.
*See her best seller, Ordinary People as Mystics and Monks.