The Mystic Has No Clothes

Devils congregate, called into existence in support of my reliance that things should be static. That no change should ever take place. Devils have long populated the experience we share, they preceded our birth and have agreements with those whom we know and love. When we become upset with another it perverts what would otherwise be love and a form begins to take shape. We assign these forms a place and they begin a life of their own. Unless we choose to redress our agreement with these forms they grow. They exist in a reality created by our ignorance. We want to think someone else made us angry or upset us, that our problems are in some measure the fault of others. It is a reality that owes its existence to ignorance. It is a community of ignorance that is only possible by our shared agreement. So long as we allow ignorance to exist the trouble it harbors remains. Everything that lurks in the darkness, I have created, remains, building and multiplying, networking and conspiring to create permanence. None of these do this except by our consent and when I give my consent it is just one voice in a chorus of consent. This is the realm of ignorance and denial that we collectively agree does not exist and that is the wellspring of troubles. Even if one of us abandons the franchise the rest remain invested. This is the challenge I have always had. Why bother? I know all that separates any one of us from what we have created is ignorance. More importantly the chorus of ignorance, where we collectively pretend and agree to accept things as they are naught and ridicule those who know the truth. When all is said and done none of us is innocent, we all know the truth. In order to fashion the masquerade born of ignorance it is required. We also are in the dark, and, while there we pretend ignorance. There is nothing there that would not be seen in the light and so it is not so frightening. This ignorance however is very sticky and to be in a community defined by it, while living without it, requires an unusual state. Just as ignorance was created the same magic creates its absence. Devils are spirits and they create Demons and Satans. These are simple spirits that can only exist in the shadowy world of ignorance that we create. What is this magic that creates this place and the spirits that populate it? It is choice. Simple and constant. That we choose is what does not change. If I would walk with the better spirits it is just my choice that takes down the pretense, the wall of ignorance, and I stand in the light. Why is it so difficult? The secret is in the cloth I fashion for myself. It is made of ignorance.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

False Responsibility

Agreements made in the dark perpetuate reliance on and approval of false experience. Let me compare what we experience to watching a movie, the movie is real. Reality is much the same way, being real only qualifies it as something we experience. When we ignore the spiritual beings that populate our experience it gives the spirits that thrive in darkness their existence. Without the darkness, our ignorance creates, they lack the fundamental requirement for their existence, the dark. Once we create this shadowy reality the mechanisms to support it fall automatically into place. It is the light, of course, that makes the false reality possible. Much like the light at the movie theater. We sit in the dark and stare, enjoying the distraction.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Connecting Self to Itself

I have been very busy with personal growth. In considering past success, and apparent vacancy today, I am recalling how those successes were realized in the past. These considerations have forced new growth. I remember how I found success in the past using imagination. Puzzling images together to piece together a place that is success. A place that can be seen: where image is substance. Most usually we find ourself poorly connected, fragmented. It is normal and so little attention is given to it unless it represents itself as disease. In mysticism this dysfunction is disease and requires attention. The self is intended to be a singular alignment, an alignment that requires commitment. We have just one self that is comprised of variables. It is only when we align these variables as intended that their function can be appreciated. The self needs to be connected to itself if the goal of mysticism is to be realized.

The first challenge, at least for me, is the lower self. I consider it as three variables. They are the three lower chakra’s, Place, Acquaintance and Ego. I resolved my lower chakra’s as a cohesive unit some time ago and have managed to maintain it. There was a time when I forged the union of self by connecting the higher and lower chakra’s. I have since allowed the difficulties of a failed marriage to interrupt that union. Allowing myself to be tangled by the difficulties in my life I traded my success for that. A distraction I failed to avoid. I am now remembering how I managed the alignment in the first place. I used my imagination and puzzled them together with images. Having known that all along, it has just now occurred to me, that I can repeat the process.

Once place, acquaintance and ego are agreed to coexist they can bridge the self. This bridging of self introduces the higher chakra’s completing our growth. From here it is possible to know ourself. It is only possible to know another if we are honest with ourself and only possible to be honest with ourself by building this bridge. Certainly people are effective and know success without committing to, and achieving, this alignment. We enjoy access to all of these variables and employ them to do what we have to do. It is the same with me as I endeavor to do, what I have to do.

It is the fourth chakra that binds the three lower chakra’s to the three higher chakra’s. That chakra is Compassion and is as a germ that, when allowed, is drawn into each chakra equally and binds them as one. The fifth chakra, Justice and Truth, has a symbiotic relationship with the third, Ego. Justice and truth hears all and ego is charged to accept it as is. This is the first step in binding the higher chakra’s to the lower chakra’s. Compassion allows for acceptance without challenge. Ego must accept that. Egos acceptance that things are as they are gives reach to the sixth chakra, Light Gate, which has a symbiotic relationship with the second chakra, Acquaintance. Again ego must give this permission and the light, enlightens. This brings us to Place, the first chakra and Heavens Gate, or, Heavens Acquaintance, the seventh chakra. Again a symbiotic relationship. It is compassion, and egos granting it permission, that binds these as one. Heavens Gate brings to place something more durable than flesh, the Soul, and we can appreciate it in this way.

For me the use of imagination is key in assembling these pieces as a completed puzzle. I can see it and that reveals a landscape and acquaintances, that otherwise, are unknown.

The Mystic Tourist