|Posted On:||2009-02-20 21:02:17|
What the Mystics Say
But mystics say there is one more major state of consciousness: Spiritual Awareness. Just as you can wake up from a dream and recognize that you were "only dreaming," consider too that this normal state of awareness you're living in may be a kind of sleep also! Oh, the normal waking state is real enough and it's important to move about in an able and fulfilling manner — rents need to be paid, cars must be driven vigilantly, etc. The normal waking state is truly wondrous and worthwhile.
But, in the view of the mystic, there's even more to be experienced: wake up from this! This normal waking state is not the full reality at all. A richer, finer, freer life will be yours if you will only shift your awareness upward one more level.
Wake up from your present views of yourself, of others, and of life itself. These are just a higher level of dreams — too often inaccurate, ignorant, and tragically self-destructive.
sunset over waterNo wonder mystics have had such a difficult time being understood through the ages. They maintain normal awareness is a kind of sleep, a devastating ignorance. As mystics tell beginning students: Ignorant of Spirit, man (woman) misperceives everything.
We Don't Know Who We Are
In normal human awareness, mystics suggest: we don't (can't) know who we are; we can't know others very well at all; and we don't know our true natures, talents, possibilities, or higher faculties. We know so little about love, compassion, and how to get along with others. We don't understand Nature and our relationship with it. Nor do we realize the purposes and possibilities of life. And in this stupor, we, of course, don't know our mystical calling or our mystical nature.
So, the first mystical teaching is: Wake up! Arise, awake.
Fortunately, people awaken and rise from sleep every morning. Shifting your awareness from dreams to daily life is routine. The project here is just one more shift — to Mystical Awakening. Mystical awareness can come in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, or it can take years of preparation before you let go your intense grip on normal day-to-day awareness.