The Mystical Attitude of Mind

Has mysticism a practical value? Does it contribute only to the ascetic temperament and to a transcendent idealism that have few, if any, roots in the demands of everyday life? Since mysticism plays a prominent part in the motivation of religion, even in its rituals and symbolism, it ordinarily would appear to be quite distinct […]

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Silence

Before he would initiate a neophyte into the mysteries of his teachings, the philosopher Pythagoras would subject the candidate to various ordeals which were designed to strengthen his character and which would allow the great sage to judge his personality and future prospects. The newcomer amid the sages of Croton, was therefore permitted to listen […]

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Peace Profound

Whether spoken to be heard or written to be read, the expression Peace Profound is much more than a simple polite letter-ending or fraternal greeting. It is a mystical invocation, the benefits of which are intended for the person whom we are addressing. The more we inwardly feel the essence and power of these two […]

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Realising our Divine Nature

As students on the Path, we often fail to realise just how far we have progressed in our journey on the path of perfection. All too often, we fail to realise just how great a change has taken place in our consciousness. This is because we judge ourselves from a personal standpoint, in terms of […]

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Self-Healing through Cosmic Love

Augustine of Hippo, a disciple of both Christ and the neo-Platonist Plotinus, said in regard to faith “Unless you believe, you shall not understand.” This seems like a vicious cycle until we come to realise that there is, inherent in man, a pre-existing revelation of God’s existence. This light from within becomes the very first […]

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Overcoming Fear with Love

Looking back through history, one of the most prominent facts which stands out to me is that in one form or another, humanity has been ruled by fear. Both church and state have controlled people by fear. Fear of punishment—whether it be in cell or gallows, or in the vividly imagined fiery hells of damnation—was […]

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The Obscure Night

There is not one single Avatar, Messiah, Master, or Prophet who has not alluded to a period of great confusion which, at one time or another during his or her quest, every Seeker must confront and, if possible, overcome. I expressly say “if possible,” for it may happen that the Obscure Night will prevent us […]

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As within, so without

As student of mysticism, we know that the mind within has a profound effect on our circumstances without. Whatever the outward circumstances, the material expression is only a re­flection of some belief or concept that was first within the mind. The kind of body you have, the kind of home you live in, the type […]

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Whispers from One’s Higher Self

We each possess an inherent guidance system made up of gentle impulses from within, such as intuition, an Inner Voice, dream messages and synchronicities. These inner and outer communications are said to originate from one’s Higher Self. The Higher Self is the pure Self at the core of one’s being. It is the true centre […]

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Practical applications of Mysticism

In discussing the subject of mysti­cism, certain questions immediately arise: How do we define mysticism? What is its meaning? How is a mystical philosophy ap­plied in life? Mysticism is simply the awakening of the self to a consciousness of a divine reality. The self for the first time becomes aware of Cosmic beauty in contrast […]

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