Opening The Mind To Mysticism

“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language. Meister Eckhart

Transformation of who we are and what we believe originates with our personal experiences and access of knowledge. The door to open the mind has many locks to discover the real self because of many substrates of biological and psychological systems. This is may appear as a hindrance on the path to enlightenment and personal growth. Thankfully the mind has a built in systems to protect the self because the organism would be in psychosis. The skeptic adds another alarm to their mind shielding them from the opportunity of a bliss and peace of religious mystical experiences. The acquiesce of mysticism is not ordained or a career path that an individual chooses to experience by booking an appointment. The mystery of the experiences are not delineated in the dualistic society of science and materialism. Some individuals have one episodic transformation while others have many enilightening experiences at random occasions. Further exploration can be found in the great book by William James “The Varieties of Religious Experience” from a psychological professor who documents the data as one of Harvards great thinkers

Wade Rowatt, PhD makes this interesting comment about religious intolerance hinders opportunity tread on the path:” Like other forms of intolerance and prejudice, religious intolerance and prejudice are likely byproducts of how human brains process perceived threats, subsequent emotional reactions, worldview defense and self-regulation ability. For example, human minds very quickly categorize individuals into social groups, some of which evoke unjustified fears or disgust reactions. Both religion and prejudice can increase security and comfort in a natural and social world full of imagined or real threats and dangers.” read more

Knowledge is important aspect in understanding others religious experiences even if we haven’t had or seen any mystical experiences. History is littered with many examples regardless of age, gender and nationality making it a common thread of humanity. The major religious institutions founders had mystical experiences that often were dismissed as demon possessed or a heretic. The mystics were wiling to burn to death for their intrinsic experiences. Knowledge of new ideas are uncomfortable for the human brain because core beliefs have been a reliable source of information for decades and change hard to assimilate.

The Open Mind better than a fixed mind because it becomes a lazy mind that can cause havoc. The author James Clear on his blog interviews Carol Dweck a researcher at Stanford University, she said “fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” read more

Compassionate heart is essential to unlock the door of opportunity to mystical experiences. I have had several overwhelming experiences and the theme of unconditional love and compassion filled my soul as the message for me personally and share with others. I share one experience in brief and its in my book Law of Attraction Life Patterns: The Templates of Your Life  available on Amazon if you’re interested

The experienced happened early morning on Monday 7th August 2017 ,  it must of been about 2 am. The previous day my darling wife died of cancer in hospital at 11 am.  She had been suffering with cancer and the last week of her life, she was in hospital. Basically the cancer was so aggressive and the new treatment was killing her. Sunday morning I had quickly go to hospital leaving 4 kids at home, she could hardly talk. Consultant said she was bleeding internally and it was only matter of hours before she would pass on. She said she has seen someone and everything will be fine , it was either hallucination or religious experience because confined to her bed. I told her to go(die) and and said a pray out-loud and watched her body shut done. It was an horrific experience but I was so peaceful holding her hand and my prayer till this day felt I was speaking like an angel, pretty weird(best prayer ever I have saidsaid,it it just flowed like a sonnet by Shakespeare). The team came rushing in to revive her but I said she has gone and we were both at complete peace. I will Go back to the early hours of Monday morning of the story, the first time in 21 plus years I slept alone. I woke up and was in a trance or a state of shock , I was in a deep dark well or cave with no way out , it felt like I was dying or trapped somewhere but a bright light and a clear voice with a warm sensation came all over me and said “You will be ok Steve” it felt like the worst feeling I have ever had and the most reassuring feeling at the same time, truly miraculous.

Meditation has been my saving grace and the universal consciousness has been flickered now and then for me. Meditation opens the mind and heart to synchronise the unity of the soul for opportunities for mystical experiences.It heightens your perceptions of reality and awareness in everyday life to ultra 4K at times. The stress of modern day living vanquishes our resources of time to open the soul for reflection and engagement with the spiritual existence of life. Regardless of spiritual practices the different forms of rituals can trigger or prepare the mind to engulf mystical experiences. For example one reference says “Mystical experiences can also be induced voluntarily. Trance states can be brought about by many forms of concentrative meditation that fix attention monotonously, such as mantras,Buddhist samadhi (Sanskrit: “total self-collectedness”), Sufi dhikr (Arabic: “reminding oneself”), the Eastern Orthodox Jesus Prayer (a mental invocation of the name of Jesus Christ), and staring at a crystal, a burning flame etc.” read more

In conclusion:Opening The Mind To Mysticism is a personal journey and its validation is in the experience not the written text. Logically you cant say to anyone your not in love because we cant explicitly sense their world of reality and what right do we have from a subjective experience say their experience wasn’t subjective that’s lunacy from a scientific approach.  To wrap it all up succinctly there is a great video below to watch


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About Stephen Hyne

I am creative and curious about life. I have a passion for the brain and the psychology of human behaviour. I love the renaissance art, culture and architecture. Music is my best friend follows me on my life journey of discovery.

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