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The Basics of Mysticism is a thought provoking book that has finally bridged the gap between science and religion. It blends the body science of Olympic athletes, cutting edge brain science of the modern era, and the science of the ancient healing energies into one formula that explains every belief system from the dawn of time.

The Basics of Mysticism Coming to Amazon

Available on November 23, 2016

The Second Book in our Mystical Transformation Series

 

The Basics of Mysticism: 

Defining the Six Facets of Spiritual Development

 

Mysticism is the science of optimizing the chemistry of the body, the psychology of the mind, and the bioelectrical field of the spirit in such a way that transforms the human experience.

Achieving the ultimate in spiritual development requires that the conscious and unconscious facets of the body, mind and spirit be brought under conscious control.

In the past, the only way to achieve such a high state of personal development was through religion. Today, science is not just verifying the achievements of highly developed spiritual beings but is able to achieve the same results using secular means.

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Mysticism is a Science

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.

 

 

 

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Your Spiritual Fuel

We are coming upon the dog days of summer. It is a time when it is so hot you just want to get out of the smothering heat as fast as you can. It brings me back to a time when I was filling up my car one very hot summer night. I was in a hurry and inadvertently grabbed the nozzle to the diesel fuel pump. Thank goodness those nozzles are too big to fit into a regular gas tank, otherwise I would have had quite a mess to deal with.

It got me to thinking. My dad went out of his way to teach me the dangers of putting diesel fuel in a gas-powered engine. Diesel fuel is an oil and gas mixture. If this mixture is poured into an engine that is not specially designed to accept this type of fuel, it will fowl the engine and shut it down. The only way to get the engine running again is to do a lengthy and expensive cleaning process that removes all the contaminating substance out of the pistons, fuel lines, and carburetor.

So, what does all this have to do with spirituality? Well, the mystical realm is a bioelectrical field that is governed by the balance of two energies. I have found these two energies in just about every spiritual system that I have studied. Taoists call them yin and yang. Christians call them the bread and the wine. Regardless of what you call them, each spiritual ritual is designed to activate or enhance one or the other of these two energies. The object of any spiritual exercise is to return the spiritual system to a high-functioning balance.

The car in this case is your body. Just as there are two types of car, there are two types of body. One type is like a gas-powered engine and runs on the fiery energies that rise up from the earth. The other type is more like a diesel-powered engine that requires the cooling energies that fall from the sky.

When we initiate or perform spiritual practices that enhance the wrong energy, it puts our spiritual system out of balance. Instead of having a wondrous awakening, we find that we cannot function properly. It’s as if someone has poured diesel fuel into our gas-powered engine. We require much maintenance and care just to function normally because an improper initiation can bring about many physical as well as psychological health problems.

So, if your spiritual practices are not making you a better person who is able to tackle the trials of life, then it might be that you are pouring the wrong fuel into your spiritual energy system. Initiating and enhancing the other energy can easily correct this problem.

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Coming Soon! The Basics of Mysticism

 Coming in early Fall!

The Second of our Mystical Transformation Series

 

 

The Basics of Mysticism:

Defining the Six Facets of Spiritual Development

 

Mysticism is the science of optimizing the chemistry of the body, the psychology of the mind, and the bioelectrical field of the spirit in such a way that transforms the human experience.

Achieving the ultimate in spiritual development requires that the conscious and unconscious facets of the body, mind and spirit be brought under conscious control.

In the past, the only way to achieve such a high state of personal development was through religion. Today, science is not just verifying the achievements of highly developed spiritual beings but is able to achieve the same results using secular means.

 

 

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The Devil: God’s Adversary?

A mystic’s journey requires that we study not just the aspects of the divine but also the aspects of what has come to be known in the western world as The Devil. So, like the good student I studied the history of this evil menace. The further I went back into history, I found that many ancient cultures portrayed evil in two very different ways. There was the goddess of wrath that represented an uncontrollable destructive force. Then there was the arrogant god who through egotism and cunning, usurped power for his own gains. So, where do such ideas come from? And how did they come up with such an unappealing vision of women?

When I dug deeper into the cultural beliefs, it seems that there were two entities that the ancients worshiped. The first was Mother Earth. She was responsible for bringing forth the harvests from her womb. Grain, and the bread that was made from that grain, was celebrated as the sustenance of life. The second was Father Sky. He was responsible for the beneficial showers that fell from the sky. It was due to his blessing, which came in the form of rain, that the crops would grow. It was a yin yang style of belief where balance is the key to a prosperous life.

Mother Earth and Father Sky were indelibly linked. It was impossible to have a prosperous life without both. You couldn’t have the bread without the rain and rain had no value without a fertile earth that brings forth grain that could be made into bread. Where did this wrathful goddess, who is part of just about every culture, come from? She is the symbol of imbalance in this binary system of belief. When the blessings of Father Sky were withheld, the power of Mother Earth moved from being a loving mother and became destructive. It was believed that the heat of her anger was the cause of destructive earthquakes and volcanoes that flow with red-hot lava.

The ancients were magnificent observers of nature’s rhythms. It can be assumed that the ancients observed lava as it flowed into the sea. The water instantly cools the molten lava and hardens it into rock when these two elements come into contact. So, the essence of the male deity, in the form of water, cools the lava and turns it back into docile earth.

Only when a divine essence is unbalanced does it cause negative results. The feminine essence is known for bringing compassion and caring. It softens the perspective and allows you to see the many possibilities within each situation. Banning this force allows the masculine essence to run rampant. The result is egoism, greed, and selfishness. We need both essences and we need them to be in balance, not at war.

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The Kiss of the Divine

We come to the month of June and the first thing that comes to mind is that it is traditionally the month of weddings. Did you know that the initial entry ceremony into the ancient Greek and Roman female mystery cults was known as The Wedding? The initiate, dressed in white, portrayed the part of the goddess or bride and was “married” to the male godhead. The ceremony was complete when the new initiate received The Kiss of God. From the mystical perspective, The Wedding that is culminated by The Kiss is the first mystical event that occurs along the spiritual journey that brings wholeness or holiness to women.

Michelangelo’s representation of Adam and Eve, painted on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, suggests that a woman’s spiritual journey involved marriage to God. While Adam’s journey requires that he must reach up to God, Eve is cradled under God’s left arm. This intimate pose and left side placement illustrates that Eve was the wife of the man in question, in this case God the Father. The Marriage to God ceremony continues to this day. When a Catholic nun takes her vows, she is married to Christ and wears a wedding ring as a reminder of her vow.

We can use the spiritual energies to explain the long-lived tradition of the wedding ceremony. Traditionally, the chakras are traversed from base to crown using the Divine Power of Passion or Kundalini. This path transforms men and is widely known as The Hero’s Journey or The Path of the King. However, this is not the only way to enlightenment. The Grail Path, “The Nativity” in Christian lore, The Buddha’s flower sermon, and the Taoist parable called “The Secret of the Golden Flower” traverses the chakras from the crown to the base using the Divine Power commonly referred to as Grace by Christians and Light by Buddhists and Hindus.

The Wedding is a ceremony that opens the crown chakra so that the Divine Power of Grace can begin to cleanse the inner being. When the Divine Power of Grace reaches the throat chakra, there is a physical sensation around the area of the mouth. It feels like you are physically being kissed! Maybe the fairytales have a little more substance than was previously thought. Both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were (spiritually) awakened by a kiss. Those who have experienced this mystical event are changed forever in ways that can only be explained in the context of mystical metaphor.

So, the next time you go to a wedding, don’t forget that this ceremony originally began as a spiritual initiation for women. Just as we relive our own weddings at these events, we can renew our connection to the divine when we hear the words, “You may kiss the bride.”

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The Temple of God

Many years ago I went to a conference titled, “Building the Temple of God Within.” I was very new to the concepts of mysticism and, at the time, I thought that the conference was a total waste. All the “woo woo” spiritual stuff went over my intellectual head and, let’s face it, I thought the people were just plain weird.

After much study and practice, I now admit that maybe the conference leaders might have known a thing or two after all. I have found that much of spiritual literature is poetically based. It is a metaphor for the feelings and sensations that a spiritual student experiences as they progress through the stages of spiritual development. It is this understanding that allowed me to see into the depths of the spiritual texts from the major religions. With few exceptions, I saw that each tradition was describing the exact same model of consciousness.

What came next shocked even me. Instead of comparing and contrasting the different traditions, I combined them. I used the same formula that the Christian faith uses every Christmas. Instead of telling the two different nativity stories that appear in the Book of Luke and the Book of Matthew separately, most churches combine these stories into one story that tells of both the Kings and the Shepherds. When I combined the spiritual traditions from around the world and throughout time, I found a universal principle that all belief systems strive to explain.

The merging of the masculine and feminine principles was a very common theme amongst the traditions. Circles have been used to denote these two different spheres of influence. The intersection of two circles can be described poetically as a fish. The fish is a prominent symbol in Christianity. Jesus, Mary, and the saints are portrayed within an aureole that is shaped like the intersection of two circles. The meaning of this portrayal is that the person pictured inside the aureole has merged the inner masculine and feminine.

In many traditions the tree is honored. The tree, with its roots deeply planted in the ground, while its branches reached to the sky, was considered the connecting point between the earth and the sky. The Viking Yggdrasil and the Celtic lore of trees poetically describe the main energetic channel that is also known as the axis mundi.

The Hindu faith, along with the eastern traditions of Buddhism and Taoism, supplied the chakras. These energy centers provide a step-by-step progression to spiritual development. The chakras also poetically appear in the Christian tradition. They can be seen as the rainbow that Noah sees after the flood and the steps up to heaven in the story of Jacob’s Ladder.

When we look at the spiritual traditions from a poetic viewpoint, we find that each one is describing the same phenomenon in their own unique way.

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Spiritual Metaphor vs Historical Reality

I have been asked on a number of occasions how I can believe in any religion that uses texts that are not historically accurate. What most do not understand is that lack of historical accuracy does not tarnish the truth of mystical writing. Many years ago, I came to the realization that spiritual texts are all about explaining the feelings, sensations, and thought patterns that a spiritual student encounters during mystical transformation.

It was a Helen Keller style moment. This one realization opened the door to all future understanding. Just as Helen was able to connect the water pouring onto her hand with the signing that Anne Sullivan was using, in the blink of an eye, I was able to decipher the language of mysticism and understand what the spiritual texts were trying to teach. For me, it felt like an awakening. It was the moment when all the random information clicked together in an understandable way.

Once I understood that describing feelings and sensations was the goal of spiritual texts, it became clear that the ancient spiritual masters used multiple ways to explain mystical phenomena. They used the environment, human tendencies, as well as historical events to get the point across. The uprising of the Kundalini or Earth Mother’s energy, when the spiritual student first experiences it, can be described as “thundering of horses.” You have to imagine working in a field, minding your own business, when suddenly you hear or feel the thunder of oncoming horsemen. This is the sensation that the mystic is trying to describe. The text is using a commonly known experience so that the student can relate to the sensation that is now taking place within the body.

Few of us in the modern world would have direct experience of a band of galloping horses that bring complete devastation to our lives, homes, and lifestyle. So, the closest metaphor for a modern person would be feeling the vibrations of a train as it is coming into the station or the feeling of racecars approaching as they are coming around the track. The experience of the senses is what the story is about, not the historical timeline.

When archeologists found that the city of Jericho did not even exist during the time that Joshua supposedly knocked the walls down, I was not perturbed. Jericho did suffer the collapse of its walls but it happened at least one hundred years after Joshua died. Instead of using this as a historical reference, I use it as a spiritual metaphor. I asked myself, “What feeling, sensation, or intuition does the Battle of Jericho represent?” For me, it describes the feeling when the ego collapses and the forces of Light are now able to flood into the soul. Spiritual experience is personal and unfathomable. So, it is both truth and metaphorical.

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Just Walking Each Other Home

We are all

just walking

each other home.

~Ram Dass

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