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Flag Beliefnetsabee October 19, 2007 9:48 PM EDT
Hello and welcome to your new board. Please tell us about yourself and your interest in mysticism.
Flag stardustpilgrim November 29, 2007 3:08 PM EST
[QUOTE=BeliefnetSabee;9598]Hello and welcome to your new board. Please tell us about yourself and your interest in mysticism.[/QUOTE]

Hey, thanks. ........... (I just kept hating to see that "goose egg' up there........ :-) .........
sdp
Flag Flowupstream November 29, 2007 6:59 PM EST
[QUOTE=stardustpilgrim;103365](I just kept hating to see that "goose egg' up there........ :-) .........
sdp[/QUOTE]

OH!!! SDP!
Is "nothing" sacred? Some say "IT" is.
Sorry, couldn't resist the pun.
kip
Flag Bearsky January 4, 2008 7:59 PM EST
Although I started and hosted this forum under the old BN format I had forgotten about it.  Thank you Hatman for reminding me if it! Dennis
Flag Bearsky January 4, 2008 7:59 PM EST
Although I started and hosted this forum under the old BN format I had forgotten about it.  Thank you Hatman for reminding me if it! Dennis
Flag reinar January 17, 2008 2:44 AM EST
Just a quick hello and good night.  It is good to see familiar usernames.  I enjoy reading all your posts!  : D
Flag reinar January 17, 2008 2:44 AM EST
Just a quick hello and good night.  It is good to see familiar usernames.  I enjoy reading all your posts!  : D
Flag Brønwyn January 21, 2008 9:05 PM EST

student of many paths wrote:

Thanks for the warm welcome. I am "dennis" also, but  I see we already have one, and one is usually enough!


One is enough, indeed, my friend!

student of many paths wrote:

I use "dusty", or "daso" in some places, but names mean little.


Your words warm my heart.... I shall call you "daso". It sounds fun.

student of many paths wrote:

When I'm too focused on one definition, explanation or approach say to a question about our existence, or to anything else for that matter, I cannot be as open as I'd like to be.


Please be as open as you would like to be. :)

student of many paths wrote:

I offer blessings to all, and ask in return for help in visualizing a world where peace reigns, where love transcends, and where light shines. d


Thank you for your blessings, and now be welcome....

light shines sometimes in the darkest of places....

welcome to the land of the Mysticism board where lovely folk dwell.....


:D (it is a green face, but I hope the smile is shining bright)

you can call me "bron", if you like.

Flag BBarton February 1, 2008 5:58 AM EST
I'm happy to have found this forum, where you all are so willing to share.  I love the flow and rest easy with your words of wisdom, peace, love, and joy.  Thank you!
Flag FantasiaSmith February 6, 2008 5:47 PM EST
Hello, Lovely People!

I'm an old hand at Bnet -- was on it way back when all the boards were classified by religion, and us poor "spiritual" types had nowhere to hang out until we hi-jacked an unused "Christian Spirituality" board...  man, those were lean days! -- but although I'm not new to spiritual seeking, I've only begun to study eastern mysticism as of the 1st of this year.

December 31st I started reading a book titled "Power vs. Force -- The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior" by David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD, and I had devoured it ravenously before the end of New Year's Day.  The first 25 pages blew my mind, and it has remained permanently blown -- what, a white guy experienced spontaneous "enlightenment"?

I want that, too!

So I've been learning and exploring hungrily since then, and have had plenty of help from the universe in the process...  Strange words come into my mind, words I've never heard before, each word carrying a message that I understand as soon as I look it up...  words like "kundalini", "prana", "bindu", "Nisargadatta"...  and just last night, "dasha shani" and "suramuni"...

This morning as I lay on the edge of not-sleeping-not-yet-awake, I was talking with my elders in Tibet, my masters.  I don't remember what they said, but I had the sense that they were advising me, and comforting me that they were there for me...  had never left me.  (I've never been to Tibet.)

So now I pray several times a day, "Suramuni, I need you!"

Listening to chants, I almost understand the words.  It's as if I were listening to a language I used to speak long ago...  like French, a foreign language I learned as easily as breathing, no mystery after I went to Versailles and somehow knew intimate features of the landscape and grounds ahead of us before they came into sight...

It's all very strange to someone who has always been immersed completely in the Judeo-Christian culture.  Miracles and angels and reincarnation and spirit guides were only a few steps out of the normal boundaries, I see now, although it seemed rather bizarre to some that I had experienced them...  but the spiritual concepts that are expressed most eloquently in Hinduism and Buddhism are completely foreign to most westerners, including myself.

Yet dramatic as the change in viewpoint has been, it seems the most natural thing in the world.  There is a feeling of, "Of course!  Why didn't I see that before?" along with, "Why hasn't this wisdom been shared with all?"

Is it simply spiritual xenophobia that has prevented wider exposure of westerners to the wisdom of the east?  Or is it more fundamental than that?  Is it just that westerners don't have enough "suramunis" (divine sages) to spark the tinder and blow it into flames?

My words are failing me again...  as they do, often now.  It's time for silence.

Love, Light, and Blessings to all of you!

Claudia
Flag wonderment February 7, 2008 12:21 PM EST
Hi Claudia, and welcome to the Mysticism board!

FantasiaSmith wrote:

Hello, Lovely People!

. . .Yet dramatic as the change in viewpoint has been, it seems the most natural thing in the world. There is a feeling of, "Of course! Why didn't I see that before?" along with, "Why hasn't this wisdom been shared with all?"



Yes, it seems when we touch upon something that simply feels right we know it and we just keep going.

Is it simply spiritual xenophobia that has prevented wider exposure of westerners to the wisdom of the east? Or is it more fundamental than that? Is it just that westerners don't have enough "suramunis" (divine sages) to spark the tinder and blow it into flames?

Claudia



I surely don't know the why's of it. Xenophobia has got to be right up there at the top of the list. For whatever the reasons, fortunately the eastern traditions and philosophies have been slowly, but surely, moving west and making in-roads. Just as centuries ago Buddhism moved from India to China to Japan and other Asian countries, now in the last hundred years or so it's been making its way across the Pacific, as have other eastern traditions and philosophies.  It's a good time to be alive!

Another aspect that's exciting to me is the impact that movement is having on western psychology and science. Whole new ways of looking at the "western" mind.

I also think people like the Trappist Monk; Thomas Merton, who was actually given permission by the Catholic church to practice sitting meditation with Zen Buddhist monks, helped so much to dispel the notion that if one opened the mind to the Zen practice of sitting meditatation one was somehow renouncing the church and God.

Anyway, glad you are here!

Flag queenmeanest February 8, 2008 1:27 AM EST
I am new to the Bnet sight but have been a Mystic most of my adult life and it seems for years and sometimes still
ppl ask what it is? I got a lot of strange looks so I finally started telling them to look it up. Anyways I love this sight and am still trying to find my way around, but the things that I have read are so inspirational to me, its awesome!!!
Flag wonderment February 8, 2008 2:44 PM EST

queenmeanest wrote:

I am new to the Bnet sight but have been a Mystic most of my adult life and it seems for years and sometimes still
ppl ask what it is? I got a lot of strange looks so I finally started telling them to look it up. Anyways I love this sight and am still trying to find my way around, but the things that I have read are so inspirational to me, its awesome!!!



Hi Queenmeanest, Welcome! I keep forgetting to look at this "Welcome" thread. Hopefully we who post here with some regularity don't miss opportunities to welcome people like you who are new to the site.

Funny about when you tell people you are a Mystic and get strange looks as a response. I can relate:). Mysticism is so very much misunderstood and hard for people to relate to as any kind of "religion". To me it's like a "wayless Way". I've thought for some time that mysticism is not like any tradition or religion that you decide to "join". It's a way of life - of being, that you more or less fall into by default.

Flag Freawaru February 9, 2008 2:53 PM EST
Hello again,

I see many familiar names here :-)

Dennis, I am glad you returned  :-)
Flag queenmeanest February 10, 2008 1:28 AM EST
Wonderment,
thank you for your
welcome..
queenmeanest
Flag Brønwyn February 10, 2008 3:19 PM EST
Welcome, Claudia!
Welcome, queenmeanest!
Welcome back, Freawaru!

:-)
Flag moonflower March 2, 2008 1:49 PM EST
i'm so happy to find this board and  like minded souls - i have been on a spiritual path for many years  reading the literature of mystics in all religions and concentrating on buddhism over the past year - the older i get the more convinced i become of the need for spiritual awareness and our connection to the universe on a very  deep personal level - i am disturbed by the devotion to organized religion and the fanaticism it spawns -
Flag wonderment March 4, 2008 2:48 PM EST

moonflower wrote:

i'm so happy to find this board and like minded souls - i have been on a spiritual path for many years reading the literature of mystics in all religions and concentrating on buddhism over the past year - the older i get the more convinced i become of the need for spiritual awareness and our connection to the universe on a very deep personal level - i am disturbed by the devotion to organized religion and the fanaticism it spawns -



Hi Moonflower. I'm happy that you found us too! There has not been much activity going on here lately. As I'm sure you know, all the boards ebb and flow. I hope you will feel free and comfortable enough with us that you will just jump and share.

I think age has also been a factor in my love of the mystics and the teachings of Buddhism. Getting older ain't all half bad, is it:)?

Flag spirthapppenings March 23, 2008 8:07 PM EDT
[QUOTE=BeliefnetSabee;9598]Hello and welcome to your new board. Please tell us about yourself and your interest in mysticism.[/QUOTE]

Hello,

I have been discouraged in the past whenever I started a new post.  Seems like the responses were all over the map,and some of those responding were trying hard to persuade you to their point of view.  However, this new Mysticism location has been pleasantly surprising.  The responses have been on target and helpful.  I am learning a lot from the responses.

Thanks
Flag Bricksee April 20, 2008 2:41 PM EDT
I am new to the Mysticism forum but am interested to learn as much as possible -- have been told that I am a 'mystic' but not sure why.

P.S.  Okay, I went and looked it up - 'seeing with the eyes closed' - yes, this "is" what I do, but have never thought of that other than just seeing things intuitively
Flag ElCid22 April 20, 2008 3:05 PM EDT
Ecumenical Christian with a strong Catholic background. Spiritual warrior for pan-Christian culture.
Flag Theanchorage May 4, 2008 9:13 PM EDT
I see Mysticism as the hope of the world.  It's been around a very long time, but organized religion has always wanted to repress it for the very reason that makes it appealing -- it can belong to everyone.  Maybe with the new forms of communication the message will get out in ways that can't be repressed.
Flag MistressofHaiku July 10, 2008 9:16 PM EDT
[QUOTE=BeliefnetSabee;9598]Hello and welcome to your new board. Please tell us about yourself and your interest in mysticism.[/QUOTE]

I belong to a Centering Prayer Group.

I have felt the calling to an intimate life with God since I was a child.
Mysticism has always been the path I considered my way.

Thank you for the welcome.

Love,
Always!
Flag whitephoenix November 10, 2008 5:55 PM EST
Hi all, I didn't actually know that htis board was here until just now. My interest in mysticism goes back a long way to my Christian days...I have a love affair primarily with Quakerism (Quaker spirituality was the topic of my dissertation at Bible College) and with Thomas A Kempis and his Imiatation of Xst....now as an atheist I find myself recycling these earlier influences, it is my opinion that silence is the basis of mysticism, whther the logic applied to it is theistic, athiestic or a/theistic practiced silence.....I look forward to expressing the practice of silence and learning with you all.
Flag wonderment November 12, 2008 12:55 PM EST

whitephoenix wrote:

Hi all, I didn't actually know that htis board was here until just now. My interest in mysticism goes back a long way to my Christian days...I have a love affair primarily with Quakerism (Quaker spirituality was the topic of my dissertation at Bible College) and with Thomas A Kempis and his Imiatation of Xst....now as an atheist I find myself recycling these earlier influences, it is my opinion that silence is the basis of mysticism, whther the logic applied to it is theistic, athiestic or a/theistic practiced silence.....I look forward to expressing the practice of silence and learning with you all.



Hi Whitephoenix. I just now noticed your post. Welcome! In my opinion there is no question silence can't answer. It's probably my favorite topic:). I too look forward to sharing with you.

"Who hinders thee more than the unmortified affections of thy own heart? . . .if we were perfectly dead unto ourselves, and not entangled within our own breasts, then should we be able to taste Divine things, and to have some experience of heavenly contemplation." - Thomas a Kempis, as quoted by Evelyn Underhill in "Mysticism - A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness.

Flag Redoak December 31, 2008 6:51 AM EST
I'll say "hi" here, though I'm not entirely sure how to describe myself except as "a mystic" -- no affiliation, not even what people often call "spiritual", by which they mean some variant on New Age beliefs.   

I did put together the phrase "liberal Western mystic" to have some way of labeling myself.  Each component is accurate -- I fit within the framework of (theological) liberalism; though I am well versed in world religions I am rooted in Western thought and culture; and I'm a mystic.

Though, really, what I am is whatever it is that happens when persons seeking perfectly good degrees in mathematics go and think too much ;-)
Flag RaymondSigrist December 31, 2008 11:28 AM EST
[QUOTE=Redoak;987617]I'll say "hi" here, though I'm not entirely sure how to describe myself except as "a mystic" -- no affiliation, not even what people often call "spiritual", by which they mean some variant on New Age beliefs.   

I did put together the phrase "liberal Western mystic" to have some way of labeling myself.  Each component is accurate -- I fit within the framework of (theological) liberalism; though I am well versed in world religions I am rooted in Western thought and culture; and I'm a mystic.

Though, really, what I am is whatever it is that happens when persons seeking perfectly good degrees in mathematics go and think too much ;-)[/QUOTE]

Welcom Redoak.  From your description it seems you will fit in perfectly fine here.  Most of us are happy allowing the other person to decide for themselves what mysticism means to them. 

That is to say, some of us know the value of treating the other person as an autonomous subject, not as an object that needs to be corrected.

ciao,
Raymond
Flag Evisionary January 16, 2009 11:29 PM EST
I was just reading Jung on the Alchemists.  They were truely mystical and it was fascinating to read about the Philospher's Stone, which Jung saw as a symbol of the self.  I consider myself to be a mystical person and I look forward to learning alot here.
Flag RaymondSigrist January 27, 2009 10:05 AM EST

Evisionary wrote:

I was just reading Jung on the Alchemists.  They were truely mystical and it was fascinating to read about the Philospher's Stone, which Jung saw as a symbol of the self.  I consider myself to be a mystical person and I look forward to learning alot here.


Hi Evisionary

  Welcome.

I read on your profile that you are interested in the role of women in the history of mysticism.  You might like Amy Hollywood's "Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History."

  Given your interest in psychology, you also might enjoy the thoughts of Sitara Lewis who posts on the Mysticism page at facebook.

ciao,
Raymond

Flag Hcspirit May 28, 2009 5:49 AM EDT

Hello. I'm not sure I took an interest in mysticism so much as mysticism took an interest in me and I was in no position at the time to decline Laughing


I don't have a religion to point to and say "that's me" though I do have a shiny new blog, at www.hardcorespirituality.org, that I can point to and say "that's me", though the jury is out as to whether I'll be able to come up with frequent enough posts to maintain a blog.


I'm still wandering the halls of Beliefnet looking to see if I can find a "home" among these boards. I think I'll poke around here a bit and see if this is it.


 

Flag RaymondSigrist December 7, 2009 3:49 PM EST

Welcome ChiRho, there is also another forum you might be interested in on Belief Net.  It is "mysticism in world religions."


ciao,
Raymond

Flag Shamanmystic December 17, 2009 3:37 PM EST

Flag BIRK February 24, 2010 7:48 AM EST

I have been so pre occupied with Mysticism in the Worlds religions, that I forgot the forum even existed.


 Stop in and visit us at St Pete's Bar and Grille.


 Just take a left click @  General Mysticism junction and follow the signs.


 If you get lost don't Panic...


  I will send Ezra to find you and lead you in.


 Namaste  @Cool


    "Birk"

Flag BBarton February 24, 2010 10:04 AM EST

Feb 24, 2010 -- 7:48AM, BIRK wrote:


I have been so pre occupied with Mysticism in the Worlds religions, that I forgot the forum even existed.


 Stop in and visit us at St Pete's Bar and Grille.


 Just take a left click @  General Mysticism junction and follow the signs.


 If you get lost don't Panic...


  I will send Ezra to find you and lead you in.


 Namaste  @

    "Birk"




Can you post a link?  All I can find is this one forum.   Thanks!  I enjoy your posts.

Flag BIRK February 25, 2010 7:27 AM EST
Flag Ronkrumpos April 14, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

Oct 19, 2007 -- 9:48PM, Beliefnetsabee wrote:

Hello and welcome to your new board. Please tell us about yourself and your interest in mysticism.


See my profiles on:


Parliament of the World's Religions
www.peacenext.org/profile/RonKrumpos


Personal background on Google


profiles.google.com/11468182725956168971...

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