A week ago my wife asked me what was up with the old tagline for this blog. That got me thinking. So I changed the blog’s tagline from “I’m a writer and martial artist who’s trying to save the world” to the new “I’m a Writer, Martial Artist, and Mystic.”
I did this because:
1. Saving the world is still my goal, but instead of whining about what’s wrong, I’ve started talking about what I’m doing. Most intelligent people already know what the world is up against. What they don’t know is what the heck they’re supposed to do.
2. A tagline that says you’re trying to save the world translates as “Get ready for a preachy blog full of pie-in-the-sky bullshit written by a whiny guy who thinks he knows everything.” Since I’m no longer whining, and I never thought I knew everything (and still don’t), a change was in order.
3. I’d like to sell some books. People who come here won’t read them if the tagline makes them think my stuff is preachy and whiny.
That is all.
My fiction contains mystic themes, my martial art promotes a mystic’s mindset and my love of the environment stems from the experience of divinity through the window of the natural world.
First of all, Pythagoras, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross, Brave New World author Aldous Huxley, Beatles musician George Harrison, psychologist Carl Jung, author of the definitive work on the subject of mysticism Evelyn Underhill and most of the poets who ever lived, were all mystics.
That’s what I call good company.
Simply put, a mystic is someone in pursuit of a direct connection with the Divine. According to the 1911 Britannica, mysticism is
“the endeavour of the human mind to grasp the divine essence or the ultimate reality of things, and to enjoy the blessedness of actual communion with the Highest.”
Some people call themselves mystics and give mysticism a bad name by making outrageous claims, like being able to levitate or go months without eating or drinking.
That’s not mysticism.
Mysticism is about seeing, perceiving, experiencing, and perhaps communicating, with the Divine.
Posted in Green, Martial arts, Writing
Tagged definition, ginsberg, harrison, huxley, john of the cross, jung, mystic, mysticism, pythagoras, teresa of avila, underhill