How to Be a Mystic: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Be a Mystic: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Be a Mystic: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

Becoming a mystic is a long process of learning and deep contemplation. Identify the spiritual practice or tradition that communicates with you and start answering the questions that interest you by checking step one. However, this is where the real work begins. If you want to establish a personal connection to the spirit world as a mystical thinker, you can learn to build the foundations of contemplation, prayer, and meditation, as well as deepen your practice through serious understanding. Are you willing to take on this challenge?


Part 1 of 3: Think mystically

Be a Mystic Step 1

Step 1. Feel the presence of a guiding hand

Regardless of whether he sees himself as a spiritual person or not, a mystic is one who seeks to find order in chaos and gather evidence of that orderly dimension. If you are the type of person who sees every odd coincidence, elegant metaphor, or the simplest rainbow as signs of something greater, you may begin to feel that there is a guiding hand guiding your existence.

  • Religious mystics place their trust in a greater power, a powerful being who creates and controls the world and people. In some cases, such as among Zen Buddhists, religious mystics also believe in the practice of asceticism and meditation as the true ways of understanding the world.
  • Mystics are not always religious, although this is the most common. Studies of quantum physics and Jungian psychology often approach the mystical question when they go deeper. Any system, being or practice in which you place your belief must be evidenced.
Be a Mystic Step 2

Step 2. Notice the interconnections between the things around you

Seek order and balance in the world rather than emphasizing differences and disparities. Look for things you have in common with your enemies.

Regardless of your mystical or religious tendencies, it is good to read and study a wide variety of writings from different disciplines and dogmas. Christian writer Thomas Merton devoted considerable time to studying Zen Buddhism

Be a Mystic Step 3

Step 3. Gain experience

What is a mystic? What is the difference between a regular Christian and a Christian mystic, or a Buddhist mystic and a regular Buddhist? Across different practices, disciplines and cultures, mystics have one thing in common: a deep, spiritual connection to their belief system. For the mystic, a spiritual and personal experience is always more important than learning from books or classes. Simply going to church is not enough for a mystic.

Avoid the materialistic pitfalls presented by some religions. You don't need a rock garden, space, and expensive meditation mats to be a Buddhist mystic. You don't need a thirteenth-century crucifix to be a Christian

Be a Mystic Step 4

Step 4. Live the present.

Mystics need to be centered and completely focused at all times. A mystic is not distracted by electronic devices, stress, or complex schedules for the day. Instead, he should be totally focused on doing one thing at a time. When you're having lunch, just eat. Just focus on nourishing your body, slowly enjoying the food. When reading a newspaper, just focus on learning, reading the words and understanding the concepts. Dedicate yourself fully to each task.

This can be surprisingly difficult and won't work overnight. Annoying text messages and 21st century noise can make it difficult to concentrate and calm down. Try to simplify your life as much as possible. Start slowly. Put your phone away, except when you really need it to make a call or send a message

Be a Mystic Step 5

Step 5. Question everything

Mystics want personal connections to the spirit world and their self rather than rumors. The knowledge and banalities received are meant to be questioned by the mystic. If you want to develop your mystical connections to the world, both hidden and visible, start by asking big questions. Regardless of what your spiritual and religious beliefs are, learn to address the big questions:

  • Why are we here?
  • What does it mean to live a good life?
  • Who I am?
  • What happens when we die? What does death mean to me?
Be a Mystic Step 6

Step 6. Trust your intuition

Nothing is more important than asking these big questions, but trust that your instincts will lead you to the answers you are looking for. Believe in yourself. Develop your intuition and self-confidence. Eliminate doubts and believe that you will have the conviction to find what you are looking for.

Part 2 of 3: Build your mystical foundations

Be a Mystic Step 7

Step 1. Read the writings of the mystics in your tradition

Studying the writings and tomes is an essential way to learn about the lives of mystics. Each tradition has a wide variety of dogmas and beliefs and it is important to be aware of the breadth of the variety of writings. So everything will look interconnected and will become more similar than different. The works below are good suggestions:

  • “No Man is an Island” by Thomas Merton
  • “Confessions” of St. Augustine
  • "The Cloud of the Unknown" by unknown authorship
  • “Revelations of Divine Love” by Julian of Norwich
  • “An Introduction to Zen Buddhism” by DT Suzuki
  • Nasruddin's Stories of the Sufi Tradition
Be a Mystic Step 8

Step 2. Identify the core elements of your practice

Mystical practice is a combination of self-imposed meditation and contemplation, with the specific guidelines of your religion or belief. Every religious life will be different because every religious person is different. Deciding what's most important to you and doing it is a decision only one person can make: You.

For some Christian mystics, living as closely as Christ lived is the most important aspect of the practice. For others, spreading the gospel is essential. Both ways of thinking can lead to mysticism and deep appreciations of the spirit world

Be a Mystic Step 9

Step 3. Make your spiritual practice your top priority

You can't be a part-time mystic. Regardless of your connections to religion and its issues, you need to make these things the highest priorities in your life. Not your job, family or hobbies. Your connection to the cosmos needs to be your biggest commitment.

For many people, being a mystic is going through a lifetime of solitude. Many mystics are monastics for a reason. If you want to be a mystic, it's hard to go out on a Saturday night for fun. Are you ready for the challenge of commitment?

Be a Mystic Step 10

Step 4. Accept the mystery

Part of Zen meditation revolves around letting go of big worries and embracing emptiness. For the mystic, emptiness must be his living room. Believing your instincts and focusing on the big questions tends to lead to more questions than answers. It can be frustrating or liberating to realize that you can't know what will happen after you die or if your way of interpreting the world is really “correct”.

Part 3 of 3: Go Deeper

Be a Mystic Step 11

Step 1. Develop a deep belief system through meditation and prayer

Regardless of the religion or belief system you align with, or even if you are not part of an organized religion, you need to set aside time in your schedule for meditative training and deepening. Praying, meditating and contemplating constantly.

  • To begin praying, focus less on a specific yes-or-no question and more on sensing your feelings. How to feel touched by the greater power you believe in? How does talking to your god affect your soul?
  • For some monastics, time must be divided evenly between reading the great texts, meditating, and experiencing the world. As a general rule, do not spend more time praying than studying religious texts and vice versa.
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Step 2. Develop your awareness in meditation

There is no specific goal or purpose in meditation. You are not going to achieve good meditative states by establishing feelings as if you necessarily have to learn something or if you are solving the big problems you are chasing. Instead, focus on yourself and increasing your awareness, and then bring it out into the world.

  • To begin meditating, learn to stabilize your thoughts and watch them float through your mind without actively identifying them. Just sit down, concentrate your breath and stare into space.
  • Try to maintain the meditative state of your mind as much as possible during the day. Notice the little things. Calm down.
Be a Mystic Step 13

Step 3. Let go of unnecessary beliefs

A popular expression compares Zen to a boat. You use it when you need to cross a river, but you don't take it with you. Learn to leave Zen on the sidelines when it becomes unnecessary. Religion, meditative practices, and other aspects of your mystical experience should serve your understanding of the world rather than hinder it.

Be a Mystic Step 14

Step 4. Surround yourself with mystical people

It's important to spend time with people who take their mystical beliefs seriously. Learn to make observations and engage in complicated conversations with people in your church, organization, or other faith group. Share interpretations and ideas with each other. Learn as much as you can.

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