Today’s blog is a continuation of the work begun on Monday morning, Jesus came knocking at my door which then led to yesterday’s blog The Mystic’s Manifesto. Today, we explore the job of a mystic, the reason we are here and what we are compelled to do. And here’s a little music to accompany your reading, from one of my favorite group of mystics: Kan’nal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J2_1FT7wZE
Walking among you
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, you will find some of us mystics within the hallowed halls of sacred institutions, but more often than not, you will find us walking among you. You will find us at the local coffee shops, library, art gallery, grocery store, gas station, book store, etc. etc. We dress like you (most of the time anyway). Some of us have real jobs. We have partners and families and some of us are single. For the most part, we do a pretty good job of blending in with the rest of society, though there are some telltale signs that someone you know (or maybe even yourself) might be a mystic.
Seeing and feeling in a different way
One distinguishing characteristic of a mystic is the way we see and experience the world. Mystics, unlike much of the world, see through the lens of potentials, possibilities, dreams, magic, wonder and awe. Mystics are attuned to looking for God in all things and asking the question, “where is God in this?” Mystics also feel the human experience in a very unique way. Instead of just going through the motions of the human condition, mystics feel the heights and the depths of this experience, perhaps like no other. The mystics are kind of a living barometer, forever measuring the sorrow, pain, joy and ecstasy of what it is like to be human. While it often feels like a rollercoaster ride, there is a purpose to the living barometers that mystics are. More about that in a bit…
Heretics, blasphemers, sh..t disturbers
The other distinguishing characteristic of a mystic is our ability to challenge. Mystics are not made to be silent unless spoken to. Mystics are not meant to be content with the status quo. Mystics are not followers and good luck trying to tell a mystic what to do or how to do it. Mystics follow their own path and as such are leaders in their own right. Mystics are kind of like the Pied Piper, but instead of leading you to your own demise, we lead you to your truth. Mystics confront and challenge. We are the catalysts for change and transformation. We compel the world to become its best self. But in order to do that, we have to color outside the lines, dance naked around the bonfire and howl at the moon. And if you look really closely, we just might have a magic wand in our hand and a broomstick in our back pocket.
Only the courageous need apply
One thing I will warn you about a mystic is that if you are content with the status quo, or afraid of your own truth….when you see one of us coming, you might want to run the other way. One really weird thing about us mystics is that whether we want it to happen or not, by simply being in our presence, your truth will be stirred. So…if you decide to spend time in our presence…BE FOREWARNED, your world will be rocked, your illusions confronted, your tightly held perceived safety will be nudged. If you don’t want to live your truth or if it scares the crap out of you, spending time with a mystic might make you REALLY uncomfortable. And if you don’t like the way we make you feel, I’m sorry for that, but we really have no choice in the matter. It is just something over which we have no control. And if it is too much to take, we mostly understand if you need to close the door and walk away. Eventually, your truth will lead you to another mystic, and you will have an opportunity to choose again…and again….and again….until you are ready. And if you’re not…that is ok too. Because in the end, mystics have one purpose and one purpose only and that is to lead the world to love.
Leading the world to love
The real job of a mystic and the ultimate purpose of all this disturbing is to hold the world accountable to LOVE. It is our job, first to know what love is (hence the inner barometer), then to challenge the world for its non-loving actions and to inspire the world to return to its origin which is LOVE. As such, the ultimate job of the mystic is to embody love and to inspire the world to love….continually asking and challenging humanity with this question: WHAT WOULD LOVE DO? So, if we make you uncomfortable, if the truth stirring you feels painful, know that all it is really doing is leading you to a more authentic and deeper experience of love, for love is who you are and what you are called to be and to do and it is the mystics job to help you claim that love. And the more who remember the love that they are, the more the world becomes loving in itself. It is for this purpose that mystics exist and walk among us.
copyright 2013 Lauri Ann Lumby