Mysticism and mystery

 

Mysticism is an interesting word.

Colloquially, it often means obscure or irrational.

In a more technical or traditional sense, it is about clarifying and demystifying, and also revealing the utter mystery of existence.

It is a process of demystifying. Depending on our path, we may get more familiar with the dynamics of the mind, what happens when there is identification with stories and viewpoints, and when this identification is released, what we really are, and so on.

And it is process of recognizing, in our bones, the utter mystery of everything. We may be deeply familiar with something, have sophisticated and useful maps, or clearly recognize that what we are is not the story of “I”. And yet, the essence and root of all of this is a complete mystery.

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  • mysticism and mystery
    • mysticism
      • ungrounded, airy fairy, wishful thinking etc.
      • or – moving in the direction of realizing, in ones bones, the utter mystery of absolutely everything
      • (a) insight, recognition – especially identification or not with the image/story of an “I”
      • (b) utter mystery

– demystifying certain things
— dynamics of the mind, especially around identification
— recognize all as awake no-thing appearing to itself as something
— recognize “I” as an image only, which can be identified with or not
– utter mystery of everything

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Mysticism is an interesting word.

Colloquially, it is often used to mean obscure or irrational.

In a more technical sense, mysticism is equally about demystifying and mystifying. The demystifying aspect helps us get more familiar with the dynamics of the mind, especially around identification, and what we really are. And the mystifying aspect helps us reveal to ourselves the utter mystery of everything.

Through mysticism, we get more familiar with the dynamics and processes of the mind. We get to see what happens when we take our world of images as real, “out there” in the world, and inherent in the world itself. And we get to see what happens when our world of images, including the images of me and I, are recognized as images, inviting a softening or release of identification with these images.

And we also get to recognize, in our bones, the utter mystery of everything. No matter how familiar we are with something, or how detailed and useful maps we have, everything is an utter mystery. What happens can be said to be awake no-thing appearing to itself as something, whether there is identification as an “I” or not. But the root and essence of even that is an utter mystery.

So mysticism is a process of demystifying, perhaps especially the dynamics of the mind around identification and release of this identification. And also of complete mystification and receptivity.

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Mysticism can also be used in a more technical sense, and is then equally about demystifying and mystifying.

It is a process of demystifying. Depending on our path, we may get more familiar with the dynamics of the mind, what happens when there is identification with stories and viewpoints, and when this identification is released, what we really are, and so on.

And it is process of recognizing, in our bones, the utter mystery of everything. We may be deeply familiar with something, have sophisticated and useful maps, or clearly recognize that what we are is not the story of “I”. And yet, the essence and root of all of this is a complete mystery.

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