Interested in Mystical Experiences and the Insights of the Mystics?
Why Seek and Explore Mystical Practices & Experiences?
The objectives of Mysticism are to deepen and enrich the human experience of life and to harmonise our inner and outer spiritual connection and resources. The Mystics, ancient and modern, teach us how to experience and participate in the "divine" or spiritual dimension of everyday life and how to feel and act more "at one" with all creation.
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Human Beings are Mystical Creatures with Mystical Needs!
Not just mystics, but also psychologists and psychotherapists believe that mysticism lies at the heart of human nature. There is a basic human need to transcend our mundane everyday life from time to time to experience being part of something (community, life, earth, Cosmos) bigger and more important than our individual, insecure, egocentric self, which at times struggles for survival in the competitive human jungle of a demanding, dog-eat-dog world where everyone competes for attention, love and resources or seeks mindless oblivion in alcohol or drugs.
Authoritarian (and often patriarchal) formal, fixed-doctrine religions meet this need for some people, but others need to find their own mystical path based on the evidence of their own personal here-and-now experiences, rather than solely the word of long-dead prophets or modern priests. To hear, read and blindly believe that you have a soul, and that it is part of a greater "soul", is one thing, to test this belief in the crucible of your own experience is quite another. Faith grows best in an environment in which it is challenged and tested.
We live in a very self-centred post-modern culture, obsessed with the short-lived "highs" of a consumer society in which there is growing inner emptiness and restless dissatisfaction with our life which can only be met by filling our basic need for transcendental (uplifting us above everyday boredom and limitation) experience. Our current epidemic of obesity is a direct symptom of an inner hunger which cannot be filled by food or a couch-potato TV/computer-addicted lifestyle.
Safety in Numbers when Engaging in Sacred / Magical Activities
Our mystical and spiritual needs can to some extent be filled by working on our own, but for Mental Health, Psychic Safety and even for greatest Effectiveness, filling these metaphysical needs has to be balanced by simultaneously meeting our earthly physical, social and emotional needs. Sometimes people over-balance their metaphysical activities as an escape from, or desperate seeking of answers to, the challenges and problems of everyday life, work and relationships. Working with mystical experiences in a group setting is often both safer and more effective (due to the group-generated atmosphere) than going-it-alone into unfamiliar, or even potentially overwhelming or disorientating, territory.
The training approach of this Practical Mysticism Course:
The emphasis of these classes is on guided and supported personal exploration - at a speed and depth chosen by each individual - via a range of mystical practice portals such as meditation, mantric sounds, symbolic gestures (mudras) and postures, sacred mantra chanting, storytelling, purification rituals and sacred circle dances. We will also be working with some of the sacred poetry and prayers of St. Francis of Assisi, Rumi, Lao Tsu, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Kahlil Gibran and others, plus any personal mystical experiences that participants might wish to share.
Content of these Practical Mysticism Workshops:
The content will influenced by the interests and experience of you who attend plus focus on some of the common themes that mystics throughout the ages have drawn our attention to:
Is it Dangerous to Explore these Practices?: We will be paying strict attention to minimising Health and Safety risks when working with mystical experiences, including self-preparation, psychic protection, grounding and clearing practices. Alcohol and Recreational drugs are strictly banned. Participants must be in good mental health. If you are taking any kind of medication or have any medical problem or symptoms this must be discussed with the course tutor and with your medical advisor beforehand - if participation is agreed it will be at your own risk.
Religion?: The course is suitable for folks of any religious persuasion, or none, no particular religion or spiritual path is promoted in this course - you are free to put your own interpretation on your experiences - or to just accept them at face value without too many labels or explanations.
Mysticism is a scholarly path of seeking spiritual truth through personal experiences that directly access our "inner knowing", intuition, or insight - as opposed to only following logical or formally taught beliefs or doctrines. The 21st century is seeing an upsurge in interest in the mystical branches of all the world's great religions e.g. Gnostic Christianity, The Kabbalah, Sufism, Tantric & Zen Buddhism, Yogic Hinduism and Kundalini Sikhism. Also the esoteric practices and principles of the "New Age" and the "Lightworker" movement based on The "Ascension theory" of the Mayan calendar.
The objectives of Mysticism are to deepen and enrich the human experience of life and of our inner and outer spiritual connection and resources. In particular to experience the "divine" dimension of everyday life and the "oneness" of all creation.
In this course we will be reviewing some of the common themes and practices that are found in these ancient traditions and modern movements, with an emphasis on guided personal exploration via sample practices involving meditation, mantric sounds, symbolic gestures (mudras) and postures, sacred chanting, storytelling, purification rituals and sacred circle dances. We will also be working with some of the sacred poetry and prayers of St. Francis of Assisi, Rumi, Lao Tsu, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Kahlil Gibran and others, plus any personal mystical experiences that participants might wish to share.
We will be taking particular note of health and safety considerations for working with mystical experiences, including self-preparation, grounding and clearing practices. The course is suitable for folks of any religious persuasion, or none, no particular religion or spiritual path is promoted in this course.
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Recommended Reading / Practical Mysticism Study Resources
"Psychic Protection: Art, Science & Techniques".
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The Law of Attraction. The amazing documentary film on DVD: "The Secret" which features a panel of international "happiness and success" gurus, accompanied by an array of real-life examples, drawing on five thousand years of science, psychology and mysticism for key tips on how and why you can create the future of your dreams - happiness, love, joy fame, wealth, relationships, adventures, top sports performance etc.
These "change your life for the better" teachers, with the help of actors acting out dramatic scenes, teach the keys to making your affirmations, ambitions, dreams, prayers and visualisations actually work this time! The experts are a team of psychologists, psychotherapist, spiritual masters, physicists, sports performance trainers, wealth creation gurus etc. A really life-transforming experience full of simple, practical, everyday tips on how to transform your health, wealth, relationships and happiness..
"If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat " (see also Manifest Your Vision) - A Christian approach to realising our dreams but useful tips for non-Christians too!
"The Alchemy of Healing".
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