Here’s another short one from Dana Horton:
Mystic or Psychic?
(3 minute read)
We’re going to tackle a topic that’s been on all your minds this week: What’s the difference between mysticism and psychism? Or to put it another way, are you a mystic, a psychic, neither, or both?
Mysticism. Mysticism is mostly connected with spiritual or religious practices. Ernest Holmes (writer, founder of the Science of Mind religion, and professional mystic) says, “A mystic is one who senses the Divine Presence.” Holmes goes on to hypothesize that inspiration for music, art, philosophy, and even science can come from mystical experiences.
There is a challenge here: It’s difficult for those of us who have never had a mystical experience to understand and appreciate it. Maybe that’s the point: If you try to put the experience into words you lose the mystical experience altogether. It’s like an athlete getting in the zone. She cannot explain it. Or if she does try, she loses it.
Psychism. This is not much easier. But at least psychics can put a little more color around their experiences — they are able to see that which is pictured in another dimension. This picture might be something from past ages or something at the current moment.
Before trashing this entire post as nonsensical, New Thought blather, consider the following as examples of psychic experiences:
- Receiving a phone call from someone you were just thinking about.
- Having a premonition about a family member’s health.
- Feeling that someone is looking at you in a store, and turning around to see them.
Let’s go metaphysical. This “other dimension” accessed by psychics is sometimes called the subjective consciousness. Those who like to debate these things (you know who you are) would further define subjective consciousness to be the thought of man. Comparatively, mystics tune into the thought of God (and God is not an old man in the sky). That should clear things up.
So many rabbit trails here. But we like to keep these short. So we are going to stop for this week and contemplate how these ideas could be useful in dealing with the IT department when my laptop won’t work.
Dana Horton is from Ohio, United States and is currently (though not for much longer) working full time as Director of Energy Markets a large utility company. In August 2019, he earned his ministerial license through an organization called Centers for Spiritual Living based in Denver, Colorado. This is a New Thought organization following the principles of Ernest Holmes. He acted as interim minister at the Columbus Center for Spiritual Living and, after eight months, he decided to leave and has no interest in returning to a formal religious organization. But he enjoys investigating spiritual principles, how they originated, and how they might be applicable to everyday living. I also enjoy discovering the history of both the Old and New Testaments, and how it differs (greatly) from the traditional Christian interpretations.
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