Many people perceive mysticism as an elusive talent. It is often associated with a select few individuals who have unique abilities that allow them to reach a higher plane of consciousness. However, modern science is proving that this is not the case. The advances in the fields of psychology and neurology are finding that anyone can become a mystic and reach the mystical states of consciousness with deliberate work.
By demystifying mysticism, we can unlock a deeper understanding that guides our spiritual journey towards self-discovery and inner transformation.
Mysticism requires that you create your own path. The dogma of a particular religion is no longer required. However, the practices of different religions are used to create the mystical journey. The mystical path is one of inner exploration. It can be a solitary DIY, or it can make use of a spiritual guide or guru. This is one of the many personal choices of the practicing mystic.
Mystics know that personal growth comes from within each person. It cannot be dictated or ordered by a one-size fits all set of doctrines or principles. Each person is unique and needs a unique plan. Rituals and practices are meant to trigger internal insight and transformation, not to appease a higher power.
The spiritual reality that mystics refer to is a higher consciousness that includes everything and permeates everything. It can be personal, like a loving God or savior. Or, it can be impersonal, like an energy force that surrounds us all. Mysticism is an experience that is most often related to God or the divine. It is a belief that union with the universal absolute may be attained through contemplation or self-surrender.
Every religion and belief system uses the mystical experiences of its founder as the basis for tradition, spiritual rites and practices, ideology, and theology. The assumption that everyone has the same tendencies and issues that the founder of a particular religion faced is the greatest flaw of organized religion. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to spirituality. Each person is unique and needs a unique plan.
There is no mystery to mysticism. There is an underlying set of principles that is universal to all religions and belief systems. The ideology and theology of each religion are based around one or more of the universal principles. Mysticism contains all the religions and thus incorporates all the principles. By putting all the religions together, we can see the universal structure of spirituality.
The attainment of personal transformation and insight into the ultimate reality takes place when the spiritual exercises that harmonize your unique mental, emotional, and psychological makeup are consistently performed. The best practice for you depends on your mental, psychological, and physical makeup.
Mysticism is not just a rare talent or ability. It is something that anyone can achieve with dedication and consistent practice. By exploring the universal principles that underlie all religions and belief systems, you can create your own mystical journey and transform yourself into your best possible self.