The Present Day Mystic
Artwork by Mahmoud Farshchian
Just as the world has evolved, so has the path of the Mystic. At his or her very core, a Mystic is committed to their relationship with the Divine, recognizing the Divinity within everything, including themselves. There are no gurus or teachings to become a Mystic. For it is not an intellectual path, it is an experiential path. The more you “feel” into your Divinity, the more you embody it. There is no seeking to become a Mystic, for your Divinity is always present. It simply a choice to engage with your Divinity, allowing it to reveal itself to you. There is no specific path of the Mystic for you are unique, therefore your path is unique. And since conscious is constantly expanding, so is Mysticism.
Many years ago, I held a commitment ceremony with my GodSelf placing this relationship first and foremost in my life. Once I did, my life took a turn I could not have imagined. I was guided to move from the Pacific NW of the United States to Spain, a foreign country where I had never been, didn’t speak the language and where my professional credentials would not be acknowledged. In hindsight, I now understand that move was the equivalent of my entering the convent to forge an intimate relationship with my GodSelf.
Unlike the ancient Mystics, who cloistered themselves off from the world in a convent or monastery, I was being asked to engage more consciously with the world as my personal guru. By moving to a foreign country I was forced to become fully conscious in order to survive. Continuing on automatic from my old persona, beliefs, and life patterns didn’t work in this unfamiliar environment. Nor was I being unconsciously pulled along in the wake of friends and family anymore. Thus I was required to find my way within a new culture. I’m not referring to the Spanish culture, I’m referring to the Way of the Mystic.
At the time I did not realize this was a Mystical path. I only knew that the pull to make this drastic change in my life was so strong I could not ignore it. The God within me was calling me home to my Divinity. Although I knew I would be leaving everything behind, rather than a sense of loss there was a sense of welcoming something more expansive. And the courage flowing through me at the time superseded the fear I had in taking the leap.
The first thing my Inner Mystic revealed to me was the truth of Divine Love. Since I was removed from everything and everyone I held dear, I had to learn to love and honor myself, rather than depend upon the love from others. Every life choice I made had the potential to draw me closer to my Divine wellbeing or farther from it. That fostered an intimate relationship with the Divine in which I leaned to trust the benevolence of the Universe rather than rely on the people and things surrounding me. And thus I became so intimate with my Divinity that I was absorbed into it as the Divine Human I have always been but had separated my self from.
After seven years of traveling like a gypsy without a caravan, I was drawn back to the Pacific NW. But I did not return to the life I had formerly departed. Instead I made my home in the midst of a forest on an island in the Puget Sound. As a young child, it was through nature and the fairy kingdom that I communed with our Mother Earth. And my heart yearned to be embraced by her lushness once again. By living the simplicity of life I began to hear her songs, observe the multidimensional reality of nature, and sync into the magic of creation. It was here that I met my Inner Muse, the Mystic expressing as a Master Creator.
From my perspective the present day Mystic is in an all encompassing Love affair with his or her GodSelf expressing their unique Divinity as the Creator of a new world. We are not here to escape our earthly sojourn, we are here to create heaven on earth and share our light with the world. The ancient Mystics cloistered themselves within walls and never stepped out of the monastery. Whereas the present day Mystic walks the earth living from the sanctity of their inner domain trusting their own Wisdom rather than being influenced by the outer world. As present day Mystics we have evolved to a new level of consciousness as creators of a new world based on our expanded multidimensional perception of reality with the ability to see through the eyes of our Divinity.
Humanity is moving through an unprecedented period of transition as we are all awakening to the totality of our GodSelves and the multidimensionality of the Universe. Not everyone chooses the path of the Mystic and that’s as it should be for each person has their own unique path. If you are choosing the path of the Mystic, don’t look for a teacher or a guru, look within and trust that your own Divinity will guide you with ease and grace with its own sense of timing. Will there be challenges? Of course there will, that’s how we grow and expand. But the path will always be lit before you and support will flow in miraculous ways. This I know from personal experience.
As a present day Mystic, I revel in the pure joy of life by communing with nature, conversing with my Inner Being and expressing my illustrious Muse. My unique expression is satiated through writing and music and I delight in sharing it. Just as I delight in you sharing the unique expressions that makes your heart sing. We are all creators and the Mystic isn’t the only path of expression. Our hearts sing in many different ways, whether it’s through the arts, nurturing our children, or creating a business. All of our paths are intertwined and equally honored. From the perspective of a singing heart, perhaps we are all Mystics.
~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~ http://www.sharonlynshepard.com ♥ Sharing is always appreciated ♥
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