My calling card reads, “Artist, Writer, Mystic.” I get a lot of curious looks at the term ‘Mystic’, especially coming from a straight-laced career in human resources. My Christian friends fear I have lost my way – I assure them I have not. I am reminded of the phrase:
“Not all who wander are lost.”
I am curious by nature – I’m a seeker, a Christian, a Buddhist, a Taoist, – a lover of humanity and the magic of this human experience.
My friends continue with their “snarkasm”, “Oh, so now you’re a fortune teller!”
“Well, no,” I respond, “but sometimes I read ‘runes’ to access my inner knowledge. ” To which I get a chuckle and the eye roll. So, rather than rattle off a long explanation on Mysticism, I refer them to the quote on the back of my calling card. It reads:
“It is as though you have an eye that sees all things but does not see itself. This is how your mind is. Its light penetrates everywhere and engulfs everything. So why does it not know itself?
It’s usually at this point that they either smile and walk away or ask 101 questions, depending on their comfort level. I’m more than happy to share my experience on the spiritual path – it’s one of the reasons I chose a spiritual theme for the A to Z Challenge.
As for Mystic or Mystical, there are varying definitions. I like this one, “inspiring a sense of spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination.” I am easily fascinated by the mystery and magic of our world. We are surrounded by it. Miracles and magic are found in all the major religions and science is still unraveling the elegance of our universe and the human condition.
As Mystics go, I have a favorite – let me leave you with a quote from the great Sufi Mystic Rumi
“I will soothe you and heal you,
I will bring you roses.
I too have been covered with thorns.”