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Magical Thinking:Mysticism PART 5

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In the past,we've discussed Magic,as an artform,a science,a system,a mystery,and a fundamental force.Something,we confuse so often with Magic,is mysticism.Mysticism is not magic.We've defined magic as the ability to use supernatural means to alter the world around oneself.The external transformation is always preceeded by internal alchemy,that alchemy is mysticism.

Mysticism is "a constellation of distinctive practices, discourses, texts, institutions, traditions, and experiences aimed at human transformation, variously defined in different traditions."

Mysticism means applying the supernatural,towards a direct exaltation of the self,and a Right Hand Path aimed communion,not with the all that is around the magician,but the purity,that is within,into becoming a more perfect person,and returning into the core of creation.

The mystic seeks to assimilate his ego,into the world around him,through the Eternal Source,the Khaotic,and the Holy,becoming one with everything and tapping into all presence.This process,is called Liberation.

The mystic seeks to use various physical means,like abstinence,to tear the tethers that bind him to the world he is a part of,in order to enter a point above it,wherein he may observe it objectively and come to the realization of his greater purpose in life,as well as his knowledge and conversation with a greater side of himself.This process,is called Enlightenment.

The mystic seeks to come back to his world,pulling the fullness of the powers and knowledges and experiences,back with him,in order to push himself and his life into a state of both gratification and improvement.This process,is called Perfection.

These three processes,are the end goal of the mystic.The ability to know himself and his own life,to improve himself and his own life,and then be rid of it,by returning into the old manifestation on higher planes.

There are many kinds of mystics.Mystics who strive towards Perfection more than anything,are called Vamacharas.Mystics who strive towards Liberation are called Samadhis.Mystics who strive towards Enlightnement are called

Much like a magician practicing in various arts is called an eclectic,so too is the neutral mystic striving for all three ideals are eclectic mystics too.An eclectic magician,is called a Pathworker,for they practice the varying arts in a form of pathworking.An eclectic mystic,is called a Kaulchara,for they practice the varying arts in a form of Kaula-Tantra.

The ideal of the mystic is unachievable.It can only be approached,in consecutive work.The ideal of the mystic is referred to as an ascendant.The process of striving towards the ideal of the ascendant is called ascent.The state of the ascendant,is a state of maximum perfection,liberation,and enlightnment.It is a state of maximum power,knowledge,and presence.

The Yogi specializes in anything attained towards receiving knowledge.This includes knowing the great mystic secrets,the eight siddhis as they are known,and the inner mechanics of reality as a whole.These siddhis give the Yogi intimate contact and knowledge of the world around him.The flaw of the Yogi is that he knows,but he cannot act on that knowledge or execute it.He can only be questioned,or act as a guide and a teacher,to enlighten others,or elevate himself.

The Samadhi specializes in anything that means connecting with the divine.His assimilation into the world around him does grant him a great experience,that is almost indescribable,but at it's base shows the limitlessness of the inner workings of the Samadhi.The Samadhi sees the world around him,as a reflection of himself,and thus tries to become more like the world around him.The Yogi knows the experiences,but does not experience the knowledge.The Samadhi experiences the knowledge,but does not understand the experiences.

The Vamachara specializes in anything that involves creating certified change in the world around him.He understands that things move downwards,and sees striving towards escape from this plane as ludicrous atrophy and regression,demanding to enter a state more primitive and safe,rather than moving on towards one's own evolution as a being.THe Vamachara understands the secrets,and experiences the experiences,but in the end,he sees them as a means to results in the physical world rather than tools for going back into the heart of creation.He sees the world as a reflection of himself,so he improves himself in order to improve the world.He knows the knowledge,but solely for it's application in reality rather than the deeper meaning of it all and use for less mundane purposes.The Vamachara truly is the closest a mystic can come to a magician.

All three states lead to different shells of apotheosis when worked through to the end,but in very different ways.The exact thing that happens after death is ambiguous and will be discussed in another profile.The true beauty of the unfolding is meant to improve oneself,and others.The mystic will always progess through the following seven stages:

1.The Seeker:
The Seeker starts at the primeval level.He wants to become more,but he fears entering too deep.He has attachments,and yet he understands that true piety does not come from it.He wishes to break free,perceiving a whole world outside of him,and one he could enter in a breath if he could master the basics such as astral projection.And yet,he is still shackled,by the flesh.

2.The Neophyte
At this state,the Seeker has gathered all the information he has needed,and has stepped out of the body and into the greater worlds of the spirit.His first exploits were short,even only a few moments.His trance was brief,and achieved only after several hours of meditation,but he has done it.Slowly,the shell does begin to break.He divorces from any notion of materialism,and accepts the fact that there truly is something to hope and strive for.The doubt that is inbred,is eliminated,in favor of the pulchritude of experience.

3.The Adept
It is at this point that the neophyte has progressed.He has explored past the Astral Plane,seeing the fullness of cause-and-effect,maybe even gone on to the realms of the mind,or pathworked via Shadow.He has seen what lies beyond the veil,and visited empires.He may even have created thought-forms to help him in daily life,or done extraordinary things.He has shed the form of the dabbler,dilletanti,and neophyte,and has embraced the world that lies beyond.At this point,his path may diverge,favoring one of three schools of mysticism,and if not so,then at least he will base his system more on one particular path(like choosing Templar mysticism over Moodhist),and the true eclectics are few in this case.But they do exist.

4.The Exiled
As a test of faith,and a great fall.First,a crisis will arise.The adept,having found himself at the top of the hierarchy,will desperately seek out a pupil.This is not because he cares for others,a lot of the time,it's because he's lonely.He sees the stupidity and underdevelopment of humans and he simply wants someone to share that too.And he also wants attention and or money,so he will charge a student with undeniable attention,in exchange for some spiritual tutelage.It is also at this point that his attachments are tested,he begins to lose everything he has.And then,the Dark Night of the Soul comes,life becomes hopeless,he is neither here nor there,but in between.There is no warmth in the heart of the eternal,just cold emptiness,and the heavens stop pouring visions,the demon's whispers turn to silence,and he is left weak,and deprived of power.His heart longs to go to the places where only a twinkle of an eye could take him,yet those places reject him like an outlaw.

5.The Master
The true mystic achieves the first level of his goal,having successfully survived the dark night of the soul that killed many people.He feels no loneliness,as he is either back among the mortals,liberated from his bindings,or enlightened enough to teach others and pass the time.The master is either free,better,or more knowledgeable.ANd he will strive to become more,be more,as he continues to maximize his skills,and go through this painful process again and again.The Master is only a neophyte,having stepped into a strange,and alien land.

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  1. Anne Radcliffe's Avatar
    Very interesting analysis, Felix! Now that you did such a nice job of carefully categorizing, I wonder, what do you think about these aspects being combined? Could a mystic seeking Liberation - seeking to immerse themselves in the Universe, in the Holy, then after that experience take it (I would assume that such immersions are temporary, of course, human beings being as we are) and seek also Perfection?
  2. The Hoodoo Master's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anne Radcliffe
    Very interesting analysis, Felix! Now that you did such a nice job of carefully categorizing, I wonder, what do you think about these aspects being combined? Could a mystic seeking Liberation - seeking to immerse themselves in the Universe, in the Holy, then after that experience take it (I would assume that such immersions are temporary, of course, human beings being as we are) and seek also Perfection?
    Well,the Vamachara does do that,entering a higher state,and coming back,grounding his abilities back into perfecting.

    However,the Kaulachara are eclectic jack-of-all-trades mystic,in the same way that the pathworker is an eclectic jack-of-all-trades magician.

    So,most mystics out there,are Kaulacharas,who strive for all three ideals.
  3. ShadowStrikeV2's Avatar
    I am curious, how would Jason fit into these categories? Is he a master? I think he's a Vamachra (hope I spelled that right), but there are some things in that category that don't quite fit him. Just want to hear your thoughts.
    Updated 05-12-2016 at 03:01 PM by ShadowStrikeV2