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 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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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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Method to the Madness

February 2016

When I began my mystical quest, I read every spiritual book I could get my hands on. I read everything from the deep philosophical works of the Hindu Upanishads to the popular New Age best sellers. I didn’t limit myself to just one religion. I devoured everything. Over time, I began to notice many similarities in the symbols presented in the myths and parables. For example, I noticed that the symbol of the serpent was a fundamental part of many religious traditions. However, in one religion the serpent was a loving and benevolent character. While in another religion, the serpent was the Devil. I became very confused! There had to be a method to the madness!

So, I categorized each belief system. I separated them by the way the common symbols were interpreted. As I began to track the patterns of belief, it became clear that the ancients were trying to explain the basic structure of the cosmos. It looked very much like physics or chemistry presented in story form. The various myths and parables described a dynamic interaction between two cosmic forces that were disguised as deities. The most surprising part was that the ancients considered balance to be the key to a well-lived life. Neither force was considered bad until the overall balance of the world was affected and it overwhelmed the opposite force. This lead to creating practices and rituals that would activate the opposite force and bring the cosmos back into balance.

I found that the ancient cultures had a tendency to believe in a supreme God and his wife, the supreme Goddess. The supreme God, commonly referred to as God the Father or Father Sky, ruled the heavens. The power that emanated down from Father Sky was symbolized as: bread that falls from heaven; rain; lighting; or Grace. The power of Father Sky was universally described as being the color white or iridescent. The supreme Goddess, on the other hand, was most commonly referred to as Mother Earth and ruled the environment. The power that rose up from Mother Earth was symbolized as: wine; blood; serpent; fire; lava; or Kundalini. The power of Mother Earth was associated with the color red or black.

My discoveries endorsed the findings of today’s scholars who acknowledge that belief evolves through the ages. What was believed in an earlier time was not discarded. The main points were kept, while the minor points were tweaked to fit that society’s current scientific knowledge and social beliefs. For the most part, modern religion has stopped believing in the marriage between Father Sky and Mother Earth. However, the two divine energies that these deities represented in the ancient times live today in the Taoist Yin and Yang, the Hindu Shiva and Shakti, and the Christian Bread and Wine.

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Why so Many Religions?

January 2016

 

There is nothing more exciting to me than digging into the architecture of spirituality. Spiritual philosophy goes past the stories and past the symbols to the energies of inner transformation. I was not brought up in a religious home. So, when I was first exposed to religion as an adult, I had a lot of catching up to do. When the priest told everyone to open their Bibles to John 1:1-3, I asked, “What page is that on?” Like many who begin the mystical journey, my first question was “If there is only one God, then why are there so many religions?” I held this question in the back of my mind for many years. As I wandered through the belief systems of the world, this question remained unanswered.

Several years later, I was digging through the lock box. Amongst the birth certificates, passports and property deeds were the silver coins I had bought during the year each child was born. My first child was born in 1986, which was the 100th anniversary of The Statue of Liberty. Handling the coin gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling for the time when my son had just come into the world. The pressure of time made me reel my mind back to the subject at hand. So, I grabbed the document I needed and shut the lock box.

But, for some reason my mind became fixated on The Statue of Liberty. For the next few weeks, I kept seeing emblems, ads, and pictures of the statue itself in a synchronistic fashion. I knew that the universe was guiding me, but to what? By this time, I was deep into exploring mystical philosophy. The Statue of Liberty is not mystical, or was it? It was then that I realized that all mystical philosophy used symbolism to convey its message. The Statue of Liberty is an iconic symbol of the United States. So, I took out my books and started to analyze the statue just as I would analyze a spiritual symbol.

I was amazed to find that The Statue of Liberty is actually a convergence of many symbols. She incorporates a torch, a book, and a 13 point arrayed crown. She stands on a star and has an elevator that lifts you up to a windowed viewing deck in her forehead. The Statue of Liberty resonates with each person because she embodies a multiple number of ideologies instead of designating one exclusive truth.

She contains many ideals but is only one statue. She is a singularity and a multiplicity rolled together. We are able to appreciate the diversity she represents because we can see the whole. When we can view spirituality in its wholeness, then we will comprehend why there is such diversity in the ways of veneration and worship.

 

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