What is a Mystic?
A mystic is not a mysterious person but is one who has a deep, inner
sense of life and of his unity with the Whole. Mysticism and psychism
are entirely different. One is real while the other may, or may not,
be an illusion. There is nothing mysterious in the Truth, so far as
It is understood, but all things seem mysterious until we understand
A mystic is one who intuitively perceives Truth and, without mental
process, arrives at Spiritual Realization. It is from the teachings
of the great mystics that the best in the philosophy of the world has
come. Who was there who could have taught such men as these? By what
process of mentality did they arrive at their profound conclusions?
We are compelled to recognize that Spirit alone was their Teacher;
they were indeed taught of God.
Our great religions have ben given by a few who climbed the heights
of spiritual vision and caught a fleeting glimpse of Ultimate
Reality. No living soul could have taught them what they knew...
Man has compelled nature to do his bidding. He has harnessed
electricity, caught the wind, trapped steam, and made them do his
will. He has invented machines to do the work of thousands. He has
belted the globe with his traffic and built up a wonderful
civilization; but in few cases has he conquered his own soul. The
mystic reveals things that do not pass as ships in the night. He
reveals Eternal Verities and plainly teaches us that there is a
Living Presence indwelling ALL. This constitutes the greatest
intellectual and spiritual heritage of the ages.
The mystic does not read human thought, but rather he sense the
atmospere of God. The mystics of every age have seen, sensed and
taught the same Truth! Psychic experiences on the other hand, bear
the exact opposite testimony, as they more or less contradict each
other, for each psychic sees a different kind of mental picture. A
psychic see largely through his own, or anothers, subjective
mentality. Consequently, his impressions are more or less colored by
the vibration of his own or anothers thought. He is subject to false
impressions thereof. That is why, generally speaking, no two psychics
see the same thing. Mystics sense one identical Reality, and their
testimony is in no way confusing, because the Spirit within them has
borne witness to the same Truth.
Mystics have been perfectly normal people. They do not think of
themselves neccessarily as mystics, this is their language and it is
natural to them, perfectly normal.
The teaching of the mystics has been that there should be a conscious
courting of the Divine Presence. There should be a conscious
receptivity to It, but a balanced one. As one of the Apostles said,
in substance, that he would rather speak ten words with his
understanding than ten thousand with confusion. "God is not the
author of confusion but of peace." Unlike the great psychics of the
ages who have been more or less confused, the great mystics have been
intensely and pre-eminently sane people, sound people.
The philosophy of Jesus will remain sound when the belief in a
material universe shall have been rolled up like a scroll and
numbered with the things once thought to be real. So will the
philsophy of Buddha, Plato, Socrates, Emerson and Walt Whitman, and
the philosophy we are writing about today. But the more or less
unconcious disclosures of most psychics are not entirely true, even
in the day in which they are given. While psychism is an interesting
field of study, we should undertand it for what it is worth.
It is through the teachings of the illumined that the Spiritual
Universe reveals Itself, imparting to us what we know about God. What
we directly experience ourselves, and what we believe others have
experienced, is all we can know about God.
Jesus taught a Power transcendent, triumphant, absolute, positive,
against which lesser laws meant nothing. By Its very Presence It
heals. The mystics do not contend or argue with people. There is
nothing to argue about. They Saw and Knew. They are the great
revealers to man of the nature of the Universe, and the relationship
of man to God.
excerpted from "The Science of Mind"