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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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Lost and Found

I have spent the last fifteen years looking through the annuals of history. I discovered that the ancient cultures honored the two spiritual energies as the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine. They were well aware that spiritual development required the balancing of the masculine and feminine energies. The ancients considered the gender of the body as the determining factor in choosing a spiritual path. They believed that the male body was naturally endowed with Divine Masculine energy and the female body was naturally endowed with Divine Feminine energy. As a result, males were automatically assigned the path that raised the Divine Feminine and females were automatically assigned the path that brought down the Divine Masculine.

I found that the landscape of spirituality was forever changed when Zoroaster put forth his theology. Zoroaster proclaimed that the Divine Masculine energy was all good and the Divine Feminine energy was all bad. He was also the first to use the metaphor of war to describe the transformational process. The apocalyptic battle between the sons of Light and the sons of Darkness was born. This philosophy was carried throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The patriarchal revolution, which meant that the only way to spiritual attainment was to kill the ego, was born. From that point on, only the path that raised the Divine Feminine was honored as holy. Since women, for the most part, were unable to endure the initiation of the Divine Feminine, they were eventually banned from initiatory rites and spiritual leadership.

As time when by, the idea that there were two energies, that give rise to two completely different ways to spiritual development, was buried and eventually lost. It is only in recent times that Carl Jung brought back the philosophy that the inner being contains both the animus (male) and the anima (female). Jung’s philosophy resurrected the two elements and he fully defined the death of the ego as uniting with the feminine qualities that were latent within each man. The ancients called this process, “The Way of the King.” While he did understand that women needed to unite with their animus, Jung never fully defined that process. Jung’s protégée, Joseph Campbell, spent many years studying mythology from around the globe. He too realized that there had to be a separate transformational path for women. When asked to define the transformational path for women, he commented that the spiritual path of women would have to be detailed by a woman. Since spiritual development is experienced, he, as a man, would not be qualified to outline the female spiritual path. The concepts of these two men have opened the door to the ancient philosophies. They brought back the masculine and feminine dynamic of the psyche. Next month, I will outline the ancient spiritual path that was intended specifically for women.

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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 Fabric of Life

This month, I am reminded of the medieval May Pole celebrations that occurred on the first of May. The memories of my childhood celebrations with new summer dresses, flowers in our hair, and dancing the May Pole out in a field came flooding back into my mind. For those who have never seen or heard of the May Pole dance, let me give an explanation. A large pole was erected in an open area. Streamers of multicolored fabric were attached at the top. The streamers are twice the length of the pole and the number of streamers attached determines the number of dancers.

The dancers take their places in a circle around the pole so that there is an alternating pattern of male, female, male, female dancers all the way around the circle. As the dance begins, each dancer picks up their designated streamer. The ladies then take 2 steps toward the pole and turn to face the gentlemen. There is now a wheel within a wheel. The ladies form the inner circle and the gentlemen form the outer circle. Once the music starts, the inner circle of ladies moves to the left while the outer circle of gentlemen moves to the right. As you reach each partner, the ribbons are alternately moved over or under before moving to the next partner. The effect is to “weave” the ribbons and create the fabric of life that encases the central pole. When the dance is complete, the ribbons stay woven once the dancers drop the streamers.

An adult revelation occurred from these fond childhood memories. This dance requires that half of the dancers move to the right and half of the dancers move to the left. In essence, the dancers are following the right-hand path or the left-hand path. If everyone moved in the same direction, then nothing would be woven. The dance would create a swirl of streamers that would immediately unwind once the dancers released them.

I realized that the dance of life requires us to weave together the essences of the masculine and feminine. Some achieve this by taking the right-hand path and others accomplish this by taking the left-hand path. In so many spiritual writings, the left-hand path is deemed as wrong or the way of terrible sin. While this is true for intellectually based personalities who become arrogant when Grace is infused, the creative and emotionally based personality type needs and thrives in an atmosphere of increasing Grace.

This whimsical event showed me that the main goal of spiritual development is not to ignore, banish, or defame one of the divine energies. The left-hand path is the yin to the right-handed path’s yang. I found that in order to create The One, we are to unite, marry, or weave these two energies into a wholeness or Holiness.

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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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