It wasn’t until my late thirties that I became interested in spirituality. When I asked others to teach me, I was told that mysticism is a mystery. It just unfolds and that each person’s development is unique and that there is no structured education to follow. The map of awakening draws itself as you advance. So, I read the works of the saints and the sages and I soaked in every possible viewpoint, from every religion, that I could get my hands on.
As the sages foretold, my path has been unique. I have taken many wrong turns. I have experienced the heights of glory and the depths of despair. I have somehow survived pitfalls that typically kill the average seeker. All the while, I learned about myself. I would not wish for my path to be different, but I have come to know that much of the difficulty I experienced along this crazy road of personal development was completely unnecessary. I know this because there is an overall structure to spiritual attainment. There is a method to the madness, because the mystery is actually a science.
The science of consciousness, or mysticism, has been the longest conversation in human existence. It has been painted in caves. It has been carved onto rock faces. It has been tattooed on men who lived 5000 years ago. It has been presented in the temples. It has been performed in amphitheaters and on stages. It has been written on scrolls and in books. It has been filmed. It has been shown on television and in theaters around the world. I am sure that when the next development of communication comes into existence, it will again be part of that next generation of human expression.
Every belief system, both past and present, uses this structure as the framework for its theology. This framework is revealed in the myths and parables of each culture. It can be found in the symbols of the mystical groups and it is possible to experience the grand design through the rituals and practices of each religion.
We are in a unique time in human history when the spiritual knowledge of every religion and belief system is easily accessible. With the advent of the internet, nothing is secret anymore. There are an infinite number of people who, for good or for bad, reveal the deepest teachings for all the world to see. The masterworks of the saints and sages of every religion can be read by anyone. The mystical texts have come out of the shadows and are no longer reserved just for the advanced students of a particular faith. The mission, if you choose to accept it, is to put together the pieces and see the structure that has defined human belief from the dawn of time.