Category: Mysticism

Wisdom vs. Knowledge

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, a group of Seven Pillars Guiding Voices met for one hour via conference call to discuss the topic: What differentiates wisdom from other forms of knowledge?   On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, a group of Seven Pillars Guiding Voices met for one hour via conference call to discuss the topic:…

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Why Hatha Yoga Is The Friend of the Mystic

Sufism, Buddhism and Yoga are three great rivers that carry many people toward the light. Yoga in particular is surging across the globe. A February 2005 Harris poll commissioned by Yoga Journal, the leading American Yoga magazine, found that 7.5 percent of U.S. adults, or 16.5 million people, now practice Hatha Yoga. Sufism, Buddhism and…

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Traveling Dream Pathways Within and Between Landscapes of the Soul

Traveling dream pathways provides a valuable source of information about, and an empathetic understanding of, spiritual phenomena. Such phenomena occupy a paradoxical space located neither within our bodies or minds, nor outside in the natural world. Rather they exist in a sacred space located between the tangible and the intangible, the visible and the invisible,…

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To See With Eyes of the Soul

When inspired words are used in the service of an eye that sees deeply, they  have the magical power to awaken latent forces, as well as human hearts. The tradition of the seer-poet has been largely lost in modern Western culture. It is startling to come across someone who has that long-forgotten gift, like a messenger…

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The Garden of Mysticism, Part II

When we consider the diversity of spiritual paths, we can delineate three domains of mystical perception which each contribute to the fullness of the sacred human. These domains cut across multiple spiritual traditions and are not reducible to any particular path. The first domain is incarnational, i.e the sensory mysticism of direct bodily perception. Every…

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The Garden Of Mysticism, Part I

The garden of mystical teachings has many flowers, each unique in beauty and each offering a nuance and variation on the possibilities of the mystical life. The flower that attracts, the specific form, delicacy, and brilliance of a particular blossom, indicates a path whose attributes are shared by other members of that species. Flower image…

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Sufi Dreamwork

There are many paths in which the dream is regarded as important. Some paths emphasize the practice of studying one’s dreams more intensely. The Naqshbandi Sufi path is among these, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee speaks eloquently of some of the benefits that may derive from this type of study. The dream is a little hidden door in…

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Meditation

A.E.’s The Candle of Vision is an eloquent poetic prose description of the author’s personal experiences, his reveries and inner openings. A.E. uses a form of writing that directly reflects the quality of his inner mystical experience. His emphasis is on the imagination as reality and on the critical importance of the development of concentration….

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Honoring the Founding of the Chartres School

Early in the second millennium, the Chartres school was a center for healing, arts, the honoring of the earth and the Divine Feminine Principle, as well as for the use of alchemy as a tool for personal transformation, and for the revolutionary perspectives of world citizenship and interconnectedness. As author Jim Garrison writes, our work…

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Thoreau, Mystic of Walden and Beyond

Review of Letters to a Spiritual Seeker by Henry David Thoreau, edited by Bradley P. Dean, New York: W.W. Norton, 2004, 192 pp. In this essay, Coleman Barks, today’s leading ‘Voice of Rumi’ in the ‘West’, writes eloquently about Thoreau, as a great American mystic of the 19th century who is, sadly, often a mere…

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