This is a very fun post, I am very interested in Magic, Magick, Alchemy, Mysticism, etc... Hermeticism anyone?
I agree with Laughing God about many of his statements if not all.
As far as Mysticism vs Magic I would consider Mysticism is the pursuit of scientific discovery when applied to magic. Magic of course in the sense of
wielding abilities/psychic power/influence/all phenomena natural/supranatural/luck/chaos/synchronicity. To give you a sense of how that relationship
would work, consider that the scientific method would change as our consciousness does, in other words the mind itself would be able to validate
existing hypothesis without the need for forum, etc, IF and WHEN the mind becomes sharp enough to do so.
Someone here has stated something along the lines of science being a far cast off sister to magic, and this is kind of where I am going. Science in a
sense is considered absolute objectivity of the working of the physical world, however the application of these values have been far removed from
their original purpose which was to absolute objectivity to the human experience in totality.
In other words, Mysticism is ABSOLUTE objectivity. It is a level of objectivity that provides knowledge through direct experience by the sharpening
of our intuition as well as our various inner processes, of which we actually have a massive amount. In a way it can hold hands with science, for
although the mind would be able to differentiate between its different states, we already have FUN tools such as our logical processes that allow us
to retain memory of such unknowable experiences.
Engaging in mysticism:
Meditating on Breath(Vipassana) Meditating on the existance of various emotions(primarily difficult ones)
Invoking emotions for extended periods of time during meditation
Meditating on the Randomness of Thought(And learning to control)
It may seem as though Mysticism is redundant and repetitive when faced with the exercises that one may find, but If you can carry the excitement you
have for magic into the admittedly daunting task of discovering your true mind, you might have what it takes to become a true wizard.
What helps is to be humbled, and a map.
Here is my personal metaphor, which helps me understand the world and its underlying processes and how I can interact with it more consciously. In a
way, I accept all belief centered viewpoints, as they usually fit snuggly with my perception like a well placed puzzle piece, however I understand
that some are positive and some are negative. I consider mine to be a somewhat more positive version of the MATRIX enslavement ideas. I say this to
offer a more positive explanation to the questions that such a paradigm would raise. They may not be true for you, but they could be one day if you
We are sealed into a human experience. We were previously some kind of higher consciousness entity, but for the sake of multiplying our collective
consciousness as well as creating new forms of existence, we created an experiment which would allow our true(higher) minds to disconnect with the
experience we were creating. This is what creates unforgettable moments, the urge to hold on to beauty at all cost, even though the higher mind knows
it is infinitely there. On one hand you want things and require joy and experiences and on the other hand there is a part of you that knows that none
of this matters. It is the fusion of these aspects of the human seal which will unlock and fulfill the original wish of our preeminent selves. However
when we return to being ONE we will be a very large sense of ONEness. Many One's all being one.
Linear time, karmic ties, these are all things that are new to our experience as souls. So in turn, they are the qualities that are expanding, and
that require the most presence and work. We have a deep sadness when we turn to our self that says "it is okay" sometimes it is more of a "nothing
matters " at first but once confronted, the magic begins. This lonely self can actually reveal itself to be incredibly robust and open once enough
time is spent here. Becoming familiar and comfortable with this emptiness is the first step towards mysticism and understanding magic. Most of what I
am saying is true for me, but here is one thing that I believe applies to us all.
Being Human at all is a Miracle and the first act of magic in the(your) world. With all the pains, the unfulfillment, the lack of glory, all of it is
opportunity. Here I begin again with my personal views. As I said we are sealed. We are driven towards reaching out for beauty, but the seal restricts
us from ever reaching true fulfillment in the traditional manner. If we retract our tenacious hands from life, and allow it to give us in return, we
can find that the world is magic, and that there are mysteries behind every interaction. Every emotion experienced is what lies behind these
mysteries, for it is what keeps our needy hands grabbing at life. Through mysticism we can refine the experience of these emotions, and then find the
direct links they have to our manifestations, both physical and spiritual.
So that is the purpose of the seal, to humble us, and to remind us that we are greater than the feelings we allow to hold power over us. These
emotions themselves, are like spiritual hands that you yet to identify with, and once you do, you will find that they are more than just feelings, but
additional limbs in a plane of existence that we are slowly regaining memory of. Literally, one could do magic with the correct application and
connection with ones emotions.
And such is magic... to me.
I was going to go on and describe what I've learned specifically about the emotions but such correlates to me, and itself is part of the great work,
and we must all do that for ourselves. Thank you if you have read what I've said.