The Highway To Hell Is A Two Way Street

Brown Bear Cooke City Montana

Just back from a couple of weeks vacationing. I had a great time visiting Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Tetons National Parks. There was no time for writing and I had little to no internet service. I shall see if I have something to write today.

The Highway To Hell Is A Two Way Street

The spiritual landscape of human relations contains the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. All of our spiritual influences are found there. Much of what influences us spiritually is not true and confusion and fear are born of it. In a community there can be no escape from what comprises the content of the community and we find some way to accept the condition we find our self a part of. In this world of spiritual diversity angles are our guardians. The better our nature the more likely it is that our connection with their guardianship will be strong. It makes no difference what we think about matters spiritual, the fact of our spiritual condition is independent of that. What I am writing is my account of personal experience.

When I find myself in a communal environment that is stressful it taxes my angelic associations. I have to choose to grow stronger associations with the angels or allow the strain to weaken them. Much like going through a storm except my spiritual health is entirely a matter of choice. As a comparison I will use some dry humor; The highway to hell is a two-way street… which way are you going?

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

The Invention of Time

Inventing time. As we cobble together the conditions allowing experience we determine what parameters will be used. Using the template we call the past the future is invented. This is the familiar time-line, the progression from past to future. We tend to think we are at its mercy but as I see it we are its creator. No we are not God, but this is one of the ways we are created, “In God’s image and likeness”. We are creative and as such we are responsible. The world is the way we find it because we have made it that way. If not then we are created in some image and likeness other than God or God is that which is naught and all that we experience is some chemical-electrical fluke. Maybe you prefer some other explanation. It does not matter how we consider what is, it remains unchanged and what we think produces much of what we experience and even determines what we allow ourselves to experience.

We repeat the past or invent the future, that is time and its natural rhythm is predictable. It is understandable that much of what we do is just the past repeated over and over again. It need not be, we can invent, create, something much different. Our history tells stories of people who have. It is regrettable that the way we have treated those who prove our heritage and creative authority has so often been with rude and violent reward. While the past is required to invent and create time, we do not have to make its repetition what we create. I do not know why we are so threatened by who we are that we make how we are so opposed to it, but we do.

One of the rules that govern time is the need for consensus. We have to build an agreement that establishes precedent. Much of the content of the human community is spiritual. This is where the consensus for creation is made. Where parameters are set. There is a communication between us that is subtle, spiritual. We mingle with each other spiritually. When we do this we establish what is allowed, what we will share in the world we consider real. To establish an agreement spiritually, contrary to accepted norm, a consensus has to be built. The language is thought, presented by the clarity or lack thereof of our spiritual condition. From here we create what we experience, by agreement, first spiritually and then in the realm we refer to as reality.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

The Rule of Resentment

When I was a child I was reluctant to conform and to the extent I did conform I did so reluctantly. This reluctance produced a default for dealing with difficulty. My personal tendencies; attitude, demeanor, temperament, the inclination to react that comes naturally to me, were fixed in place by a very young child. As an adult these childish sensibilities still produce a framework on which I present myself. They produce a tendency to react, to do things a certain way because that was the behavior I settled on as an upset and resentful child. Beneath this resentment is a sense of injury, a choice to interpret my experience as undesirable. Of course these were not the only tendencies and behaviors I developed as a child but they are the ones that as an adult I should be careful of. It is easy to let them dictate choice and draw me away from what serves me best. When times are difficult, this reaction to difficulty, set in place as a child, are as a poor guide to choice and behavior. When having a difficult time and applying this default, a structure is put in place that remains intact, when the difficulty has past. There is no way to erase what has been done, to undo it. Instead I can change it by using it to create, from what I have done, from what is, a place that seems better or best. It is real work, and because the subject matter is difficulty, it is difficult.

As a young child my sense of awareness included companions others could not see. I do not remember them but have been told stories that remind me of a shared frustration. These were not pretend beings, they made themselves known. The adults in my life became frustrated by my ‘imaginary’ acquaintances and I in turn was frustrated by their claim not to see what was right in front of them. I buried the memories with pain and disappointment. Among other things I was resentful. While I have no tangible recollection of my childhood friends the memory remains somewhere and a I have residual sense of it.

Perhaps someday I will recollect my childhood companions. I almost can. As an adult I have met any number of Angels, Ascendant Beings, Deva, People transitioning between lives, Satan’s, Devils and Demons. It is also common to encounter spirit representations of people I know who are family, friends, or adversaries. In the last few years I am most likely only to encounter these temporal spirit forms. The spirit forms of people alive today as human acquaintance. I see the others but only occasionally. When my youngest was five and his older sister eight my ex walked out and abandoned us. She remained involved but her entire focus was to harm me and our children. She worked hard to teach the children to hate the people dearest to them who were my side of the family, as well as myself, and she actively tried to ruin me financially. I mention this as a matter of fact, not as a slight. Emotionally, psychologically, she is not well. She makes poor choice and I think that is the cause of it. (I am not a psychologist or otherwise professionally credentialed and my opinion is just that. My opinion). This situation lasted for many years and I built difficult structures. These structures are built with the habits of thought. Countless subtleties where I hide myself from ‘good spirit’ companions.

To create the place where these good spirits are comfortable, willing to show themselves, is no different from building the difficult structures that keep them away. It is a more deliberate process, to build away from the structure of difficulty. It is done with the countless subtleties of the habit of thought. Once done it is durable.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Wardrobe Planning

On considering the composition of myself, as I find myself today, I see my wardrobe has become outdated and ill-fitting. Past decisions are now poorly suited for what I have to do. As I fashion my new image the materials I have to work with are present by the choices I have already made. These choices can not be discarded and I am charged to create, to make the choice that suits me best. The old clothes are baggy and fitted with pockets, excuses or permission to get to it later. What I find in my pockets would own me and it, or they, fashion the cloth I find in my wardrobe. I find that the old clothes are baggy in order to accommodate my collection of spirit and that collection of spirit wants to maintain the home my wardrobe has become. As I dress myself for the day these work to fashion myself as I had been. On considering the spirits that would clothe me I discover that the choice I make creates a path that leads away from them and it is a new landscape that becomes my clothes. I come to see that the cloth I created was unnecessary and that providence alone suits me best.

The time to choose is constant and my improved choice allows the spirits I allowed to craft my poor wardrobe to carry it off, along with themselves, into the void of darkness. This creates a buoyancy and I begin to draw in light. In this light spirits of a different nature are found and I find that the clothes I chose are not needed. I have nothing to hide or cover up. There is nothing to be protected from. To be in this community, to find myself this way, I am only asked to choose. When I choose the clothes for which I have no need the choice creates a place. A place such a wardrobe is needed for. When I choose to let that go I find myself in the place I am created for and a part of the community known to all who travel there.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

The Guidance of Error

I have goals, I choose habits and behaviors to realize them. Goals produce results and the accompanying habits and behaviors mark the landscape with my path. As a mystic there is a singular overriding goal that drives me; Divinity or to live the divine life. I believe in providence and appointment, I think that life has purpose and it is tied to the rules of providence and appointment. I find that in my life mysticism is something I can not escape. It dominates me and everything in my life is produced by how I deal with it. I have tried to destroy it. I have nurtured it. I have tried to ignore it. Beyond a doubt my life is best when I have nurtured it.

In my life I have done things that forge a person contrary to my goal. I made choices that betrayed my purpose. There have been times when that was the intent and others when I did it in error. I made a poor choice. Providence and appointment are what guide me back, they are as the marks of origin, an indicator not of what I contain but of what I am. It is these marks that are the most prominent impression guiding my life. I am a mystic.

The rules of providence and appointment do not change. Like providence and appointment themselves they are constant. That I exist, that I am is providence. What I am and what exists is providence. How I am is a different matter and represents another constant, choice. Choice creates me, how I am. It creates a force that is spiritual and depending on my choice my spiritual community is determined. It is that community that enforces my choice. Good choice populates my life with spirits that are light, they tend to be translucent or transparent. Poor choice populates my life with spirits that are dark. These spirits can not exist in the light. They are that which is naught. In the light these can not pretend and misrepresent because they are seen to be what is naught. They are only able to influence and they use that to draw us in and keep us in the dark. If I try to leave the dark they present themselves as familiar attitudes, emotions, behaviors. Should I pick any of these up I am drawn back in. It is usual for these to remain unseen against the background of darkness and black. Good spirits work the same way and they represent everything of durable value.

How we are creates where we are. When we keep our self in the dark we create that which is naught and partake of all that has been created in that fiction. It is entirely dependent on our will, on our choice. The dark spirits and what they do only exist because we want them to, even when we are ignorant of that desire. Good spirits can go anywhere and rescue us from our error. These exist with or without our choice but our association and familiarity with them is determined by choice. Their transparency makes them difficult to see and if they are seen it is because they choose to present themselves, like a surprise. They populate our life when we make good choices and work to draw us toward them to make a place, even where it had been dark, where they can be known. That is appointment and it is constant.

Purpose. The purpose I am charged with is to keep my appointment. It is why I exist. What is your purpose?

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Spirits of Darkness Spirits of Light

While Devils, Demons and Satans influence us we are distracted. There are better spirits. So long as we lend shelter to Demons and Satans, by maintaining our relations with our personal Devil or Devils, ignorance prevails. These spirits can only exist in the shadowy world of ignorance where we pretend we do not see them. We have to make that agreement with them and then every subsequent agreement gains instant ignorance. We are all agreed, that our condition, as human, will include this definition. So long as we support this agreement all spirits are affected by it.

I have long been content to keep my knowledge of spirits private. Some people believe in such and others are sure people who make such claims are being dishonest or they are not well. That there is some sort of psychological deficiency. This blog has emboldened me. I have seen these spirits so believing they exist is not much of a stretch. What else am I to do when they make themselves known? I suppose I could imagine that I am not well but I know that I am. Better to ask just what is going on. That is the path I have chosen and so I write about my observation. About what I have seen.

It is easy to slip back into ignorance. There are many persuasions and encouragements. I have done it. The adhesive quality of ignorance assures that any contact with it begins to entangle us immediately. It is a choice and when things are difficult it seems the easiest way. Admittedly I have never been entirely free of ignorance, it is a project that takes time and commitment. I will compare it to a building project, a temple if you will or another favorite, a path and a narrow gate. A habit of choice that reveals a condition, a way or a place to be.

I am working to restore my standing with the good spirits. With Angels, Ascendant Beings, Deva, whatever else is there. I see the shadows roaming my spiritual landscape inviting me to give chase and I must choose to let them go if I would stand in the light and make good spirits my spiritual companions. It is real work but everything spiritual is work, until the temple is complete or the journey realized. It is just our choice and choice is magic. It does create. At least that has been my observation. I have had that experience.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

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