The Path of a Modern Mystic

A contemplative’s path is one of longing for and realizing communion or oneness with what we might call God, the divine, ultimate reality, conscious awareness, or spiritual truth. This path is one of contemplation and investigation, while simultaneously developing a deep relationship with one’s Self. It is the complete surrender to one’s own wisdom; embracing humility and beginner’s mind and letting go of fixed identity. This journey requires discipline, commitment, and a willingness to hold both light and shadow.

Many people wonder what it means to have a “mystical” experience. A mystical experience goes beyond conceptional understanding. It is a direct experience, intuition, or insight; unmistakable, at times intense, other times quiet, almost silent. The mystic knows deeply and remembers her ever-present oneness with divinity while being embodied and connected with others. She lets experience come and go while letting her reality be informed by it.

The direct experience of the divine is often believed to be an experience for the privileged or Saints, however, it is available to anyone, is always present, as it is part of our human tradition and spiritual heritage. Mystical experiences can be overpowering visions and states described by mystics such as Theresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, or C.G. Jung. Though for many it is those simple moments of connectedness when heart and mind are in sync. Many of us experience those moments while being in nature, holding a new-born, or being in love. (more…)