Welcome spiritual travelers! I am your teacher Brother Thomas—your friend, guide, and fellow worker from the Seventh Ray. Isn’t it interesting how a series of lessons like this draw you mysticism? Think of the long and winding path it took for you to arrive at this point! No matter, here we are, and we rejoice! A new life awaits you. The Mystical Path of Spiritus Lumine is where you discover your place in the God-Continuum and, once again, reassert your Source given right to act as a Spiritual Sovereign.
We say reassert because you have forgotten that glorious day of creation when Source placed a part of ITs infinite self into a Lux Animae and gave you a mission that belongs to no one but you! That day, you became a soul. Make no mistake, the study of this path is part of your continued awakening.
As a patient under anesthesia slowly gains awareness to full consciousness, so too, you are beginning to realize just how deeply the programming of this third-dimensional has been. Everything about success you think you know is designed to keep you here instead of ascending to the spiritual dimensions so close to you. At some time or place you uttered a prayer asking to learn the truth about this life and the next. And now, you are given an opportunity to read, study, grow and ascend through the things you will come to know in these series of lessons entitled: Metaphysical Foundations. The mystics way will lead you out of this holographic matrix.
In this lesson, I will describe what mystics are like and briefly overview The Mystical Path of Spiritus Lumine. The term mystic sounds strange and mysterious—but actually it’s pretty simple. Mystics are people who love to commune with the Divine. Unlike the average person, mystics believe that Source communicates with them constantly through various signs and wonders! There is so much more to say! But for now, I hope you enjoy this lesson entitled, Am I a Mystic?
Introduction: Mysticism as a Path
Without a doubt, the moment we start talking about the realm of spiritual matters, things can become confusing in no time at all. Some relegate these matters entirely to religious studies and limit belief to what is said to them by their leaders. Others find it easier to deny outright that such a thing as ‘spirit’ even exists! Most don’t think about these concerns very often, if at all. But another group is not only convinced about the reality of this sense; they are passionate about learning all that they can. These adventurous souls have a hunger to learn all that they can about matters of soul and spirit. Many will eventually commit to a path designed to grow and improve their spiritual abilities. The mystic’s path is a time-honored way of learning and developing one’s spiritual capabilities. Mystery and excitement fill each day.
What are Mystics?
When people speak of mystics, those that travel the path, they often imply that saints and holy people are the only ones able to do this. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While it is true that many Saints and Holy men and women are mystics, the path of the mystic is open to all—even those who do not fully accept the existence of a divine force in the traditional sense. Religion isn’t the core of what it takes to be a mystic.
A mystic is thought to be a person who is in love with the divine and seeks to develop a full and deep rich inner life through the practice of a proscribed set of spiritual exercises. While we can agree somewhat with this definition, we find it a bit too restrictive. As strange as it may first sound, we have come to believe that one does not necessarily have to “be in love with the divine” or be convinced that such a force exists. Instead, we hold that if one can acknowledge that there are forces outside of our regular fields of perceptions that one can contact and work with—that this works just as well. In other words, one does not have to be a Mother Teresa, St. Catherine of Siena, Augustine or Hindu Saint or Himalayan Monk to qualify as a mystic. It is possible that the sweet little woman down the street, who never attends church and is known to only a few, may have a rich inner life with more spiritual power than the famous monks, nuns and holy ones.
In our time, there are many people to help us along the way. The website, Buddha at the Gas Pump, overseen by Rick Archer, contains more than 400 exciting interviews of spiritually awakened individuals—most of whom would qualify as mystics. Some of these people are well known, but most of them are not. The point is, once you begin a path of mystical studies, you’ll find that all kinds of opportunities unfold to help you in your pursuit.
Are You a Mystic?
Do you question why things are the way they are? Have you been made to feel as though you may be a rebellious person or troublemaker because you have a questioning spirit? Have you noticed that when you question the important things of life, some perceive it as threatening—perhaps heretical? Are you ready to admit that you often feel dissatisfied and let down by the answers provided by well-meaning systems of programming and thought control such as family, authority figures, society, culture, religion, education, friends and the like? If so, I have good news for you! You are probably a mystic! See how many of the following descriptions apply to you.
Mystics Question Everything!
The reason you have so many questions is that Source, your best friend, whom you may not yet know, is always nearby—prompting you to question and avoid the easy answer. This is done with a greater purpose in mind—to cause you to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual power. That is why you are here.
If you haven’t already started, the time has come for you to start seeking answers on your own. The moment you do so, a teacher appears—courtesy of the Spiritus Lumine. This teacher wants to dialogue with you so that you discover what is true for you. Brother Thomas offers these conversations to help you connect with the Spiritus Lumine and conduct your personal dialogues through the inner and outer forms. Are you ready to follow a path—such as The Mystical Path of Spiritus Lumine? The only way you’ll know for sure is to start; but, there are some qualities that generally describe those who are ready to begin.
Traditional Answers Don’t Satisfy Mystics
Mystics are certain of few things except that “No one has all the answers!” If you want to annoy a mystic, introduce them to people and groups who think they know it all! Seriously, it should go without saying that no religious group, philosophical system, political party, or metaphysical path owns the Truth—though many act as though they do! Capital ‘T truth exists at the Source level, but mystics understand that it is the journey of their life and soul to understand even a small part of it. Mystics are people who understand what it is like to fervently believe one thing one day only to change altogether at a later time. Mystics keep a loose hold on any claims of Absolute Truth and are willing to hold contradictory thoughts while trying to understand something. The best we are willing to say is that “We understand what works for us and even that is in constant negotiation!”
Old Answers Stop Working
Perhaps there was a time in your life when the questions you had and the answers you received made perfect sense. Your religion made sense, your philosophy made sense, and your way of living all worked for you. Life worked as you thought it should and when life is working well, we don’t rock the boat. When life is going great, we tend to believe we have all the answers we need. But sooner or later, all of us will experience a life crash because nothing stays the same. We experience a catastrophe in the form of divorce, betrayal, financial failure, disease, the death of loved ones, or maybe we observe firsthand how cruel life can be as some people appear to break all the rules and have all the blessings. It is at this point that we begin to seek different answers. Some become frustrated and give up altogether. Others blame themselves and believe that if they had only tried harder, or embraced their religion, philosophy of life, or early ways of living that they would have escaped hardship. Others know that these moments are doorways of initiation. It is the Universe’s way of telling us that we need to grow into a better path.
Mystics are Seekers
Mystics know that answers come to those who seek and search for additional meanings. They see life as an unfolding journey where new experiences and meanings appear each day. This seeking is what it means to walk the mystic’s path. We come to realize that life and meanings are always changing, even as we do. Mystics are willing to admit when old ways of doing things no longer work and they are willing to abandon answers that no longer work.
Life is a Conversation
Mystics understand that life is a conversation. The answers you have today don’t necessarily work tomorrow. You change. Situations change. The context in which you live changes. How could the truth you understood as a child work in the same way as an adult? It doesn’t. How could sacred texts written in cultures and times thousands of years ago be understood in the same way by people who have entirely different worldviews? It can’t. Every day, we are given opportunities to test our so-called truths among people, places, and things. If we are willing to have a conversation with life, the mystic discovers that the Universe is always ready to help.
Mystics Desire a Rich Inner Life
Mystics are usually prayerful people in that they believe in a two-way communion with the Universe. They pray and meditate with regularity—though the forms they use may greatly differ. Some, like David’s father, who never meditated, had a prayer on his heart constantly. Others practice ritual meditation, create altars in their homes, or practice a variety of inner-forms. Not all who meditate believe in a divine consciousness; they regard their practice as a means of stilling the mind and creating a more meaningful life. Mystics, however, believe in a two-way communication with the divine and strive to become good listeners.
Mystics Love Nature.
Mystics are amazed by the beauty of nature and can get lost by looking at the sky, clouds, trees, gardens, mountains, prairies, bodies of water, and animals. Many believe they can join their consciousness with their surroundings and communicate not only with the objects of nature but the spirits that maintain these natural forces as well. They often contemplate the lessons that nature has to offer.
Mystics are Reflective
Mystical people are reflective people. They think about life, its meanings, its purpose, and why things happen the way they do. They believe in a life of the heart and mind. They understand that their behaviors began as thoughts and improve as they review their ideas with emotional intelligence and the healing that comes from a compassionate heart. When things don’t go right, reflective people want to know why so they can do better next time. Mystical people reflect upon how the divine interacts with them in their daily activities. When they review their day, they are usually joyful to discover moments when the divine was present, and they had not noticed. Mystics are always reflecting upon the signs that Source is at work in their lives.
Mystics are Curious
Along with reflection, mystics are curious by nature and want to learn as much as they can about spiritual practices. Some desire to learn all they can about a specific path while others are very eclectic. Most believe that all knowledge has the potential of being useful, if not now, at some later time. There is a universe of attractive and appealing things to study such as crystals and minerals, dowsing, oracle cards, pendulums, muscle testing, omens, herbs, as well as endless esoteric knowledge. The mystic studies many of them.
Mystics Know There is a Larger Purpose to Life
Mystics look at the crowded ways of life and believe there is more to living than sleeping, waking, working and dying. They seek meaning and want their lives to matter. They understand that life is short and that what we do here is important. The further along the path a mystic travels, the less selfish they become. As they gain an understanding of the dynamics of power versus love, and service to self versus service to others, mystics learn to choose and infuse their lives with loving service. They do this not because they are seeking spiritual advancement, but because it is the natural outcome of being on a mystical path.
Mystics Love Symbols and Metaphors
Mystics know that life is always bringing them clues about the past, present, and future. Symbols are signs that stand for something. Mystics develop their awareness to recognize the symbols that are sent to them by Source via their waking, daydreaming and night-dreaming states. Mystics know that dreams are a form of spiritual communication. They instinctively know these symbols are meant to enrich their lives. And as we move further along the path, mystics come to understand that life itself is it’s a form of dreaming that brings us one symbol after another. As mystics move further down the path, a form of symbol communication develops between student and source—where source sends symbols to the student as a means of personal interaction.
Mystics Love Stories
Mystics love stories and understand that the old tales they learned as children are truer than true, not because they are literally true, but because the symbols contained within point to universal truths. Stories that meant one thing as a child can be even more profound as adults. Mystics know that it is not always wise to accept other’s interpretations of stories—especially those stories from religious texts that are expected to be interpreted literally such as the creation story in Genesis.
Mystics know that there is always a story within the story and the ability to move away from concreteness to abstraction is an absolute must for spiritual growth and development. And, while it is possible to read the books of Job or Jonah in the Holy Bible literally, this not only harms the text, it causes the reader to miss the whole point of these stories by decapitating the richness available to them through the metaphors, symbols, characters, and story line. Mystics have come to understand that an insistence upon literal readings and interpretations of text in all of the major religions has created societies of intolerance and abuse that have significantly stunted the ability of most to carry out the very message of their prophets in the first place.
Mystics Develop an Inner Symbolic Language
Mystics commune with the divine. The longer they follow a path, the more they develop their own ways of connecting and receiving information from Source. The suggested practices of any mystical path are just that—suggestions. It is a trial and error process we use to connect with our angels, spirits, and guides. Once the mystic finds success, they usually, but not always, begin to refine their approaches and limit them to just a few. The mystic understands that our communication with Source is negotiable. What this means is that Source is willing to connect with you in ways that feel comfortable to you. Some prefer dreams while other develop skills of interpreting synchronistic events.
It is perfectly fine for the student to make agreements with Source about what outward signs mean. For instance, if the student is familiar with numerology, they may make an agreement to notice what source is saying to them as numbers are brought to their awareness. Some notice repeating numbers on the clock and so forth. Agreements can be made about the presence of certain spirits and guides in the form of birds and butterflies. David knows when certain relatives who have passed are near whenever he sees certain species of butterflies. Some mystics, like one of David’s friends, have an agreement with Spirit to pay attention to songs that pop into their head from “nowhere.”
Mystics Understand There are no Coincidences
Mystics believe there is an order to the universe and that everything happens for a reason—even when we cannot understand it. This does not mean that we do not feel pain or make light of suffering—not at all. But deep within a mystic is a belief that the Universe has a reason for doing what it does and that we can come to understand much of it. This belief of ours—that there are no coincidences—can annoy other people if we are not careful. Where some people see random events, we see Divine Order. For instance, we may see future events in a dream—or we may know that something is happening as a result of prayer. We understand that some suffering occurs as a lesson to teach us how to be better people. We understand that the laws of karma impact our lives on a daily basis. We know that both good and bad things happen to us for a reason—but we do not judge people or ourselves because of it. Instead, we do our best to develop sensitivity towards the people, places, and things about us so that we might become intentional divine creators of the events that happen in our lives.
Mystics are old Souls
Those that consider themselves as mystical have a deep inner feeling that they have probably been around for a while. Life has a familiar quality to it. Problems that bother others don’t come around them. Some, but not all, mystics appear to others as a person who can be trusted for advice or to share personal information. Many mystics feel they are older and wiser than their age would suggest.
Mystics Desire to Help Others
A final quality that is common to almost all mystics is a desire to serve humankind in some capacity. This does not mean that mystics wish for publicity or to have reputations that rival a movie star; rather, mystically inclined people believe their work has been given to them so that they might help others. Some pray and meditate daily for the health and well-being of the planet. A mystic may walk into a coffee shop and shower light and blessings upon all who are there—most having no idea of the blessing given them. Healing mystics often intercede for others in matters of physical, mental, and spiritual health.
What Should You Look for in a Spiritual Path?
Mystical paths are specialized approaches that people follow to further their spiritual development. Some are founded on well-established religions, others follow the teachings of a living guru, and still, others study the writings of an ascended master or those long since departed.
Open versus Secret
Some mystical paths are shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Initiates are warned, under serious penalties, to remain silent about its teachings. Others, like ours, are thoroughly discussed on the internet, YouTube, and social media in hopes of reaching (and impacting) a broad audience. Since we live in somewhat open times, where, for the most part, little harm comes to those who study the occult (secret teachings), we opt for openness. Sadly, in some parts of the world, it remains essential to keep one’s nontraditional beliefs a secret.
The modalities used in the various paths differ. Some are meditation based; some are based on service or a combination of the two. Some utilize a single technique such as daily mindfulness, meditation, mantras or chanting. Others use eclectic approaches. We divide the methods into inner and outer forms. Inner-forms are those which require the student to meditate, visualize, or engage the spiritual imagination in techniques designed to make connections and communicate with guides and places located beyond our immediate five senses. The outer forms require one to develop alertness and awareness of Spirit’s presence in our lives such as the study of synchronicity, omens, cartomancy and the like.
Finally, the desired outcome for the various mystical paths may vary widely. Some seek to create a peaceful demeanor or quiet spirit. Others measure success by the ability to astral travel, read the Akashic records, or bring evidentiary proof from a deceased relative to someone who wishes to hear from them. Most all paths will claim that their followers will develop heightened abilities of some sort and become awakened—potentially an enlightened human being.
The Mystical Path of Spiritus Lumine
The mystical path of Spiritual Lumine is open to all. Though it recognizes many Spiritual and Ascended Masters, there are no spiritual masters we require you to pay homage to, nor is there an earthly leader asking for your support. As a spiritual sovereign, your job is to learn how to listen to Source so that you may soak up what you need whenever you need it.
The Divine Light
The basic concept of this mystical path is that Source distributes its amazing spiritual gifts through the Spiritus Lumine—the Divine Light of God. When studied as a path, the student learns how to connect their soul light—Lux Animae—with the Spiritus Lumine. This is the path of spiritual growth. One does not have to study these specific lessons in order to learn how to do this—but an orderly path is certainly helpful. When the two bodies of light are linked, the student receives what is appropriate for their level of Soul development. Spiritus Lumine is generous and always gives each student as much as it can possibly receive.
All light, including the Lux Animae, is merely an aspect of the larger light. Spiritus Lumine is the agent Source uses to distribute its infinite and ineffable qualities across all planes of existence. This path uses multiple modalities to connect with Spiritus Lumine because there are as many ways to enlightenment as those seeking it. The more the student is willing to study and learn, the more pathways become available for Spiritus Lumine to connect and flow. As a path, Spiritus Lumine uses specific inner and outer-forms to help seekers make connections with Source.
What do you Seek?
It is for the seeker to decide what it wants to accomplish or how far it wishes to go. Some desire knowledge while others want to develop specific gifts such as prophecy, dream interpretation or soul travel. Some may care only to develop inner qualities of soul that bring inner peace and wisdom. The good thing is that all who faithfully journey the path of Spiritus Lumine will find themselves becoming more spiritually awakened and enlightened a step at a time until one day there is a realization of a great distance that has been traveled. The student stands on a mountain peak, as it were, and sees an awakened reality that was once only a dream.
Mystics are special people who usually are not satisfied by many of the answers to the big questions of life provided by society. They are driven to seek solutions for themselves. They are open to new information, but cautious about assuming they have all the answers. They believe in communing with powers greater than themselves. As they travel along a mystical path, they will usually practice a series of inner and outer-forms to help them better connect with the divine. Once they feel comfortable and gain more experience, mystics create a unique symbol for communing with the Divine.
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