All-Access Mystical Experience

whisper-ear_jpg1I have what might be a failing in me in that I believe everyone can converse with the gods without intercession of any kind—without any sort of special props or preparation or particular woo. The only block, I believe, is self-limitation. Somewhere along the way a person was taught that talking to gods should be scary and hard, so they’ve made it exactly that. They get bunged up. They walk around in tight circles. They spend a lot of money on books and incense and beads and baubles for the altar. The gods get bigger and sterner and more remote. Their voices get muffled by all the anxious expectations of the supplicant expecting the GOD experience.

It shouldn’t be that way. I does not need to be that way.

Whenever I get asked the question, (and it is VERY frequently), how to talk to gods, receive GodMail, etc., I am always a bit flummoxed. How? I have no idea. I just do. I do because I always assumed I could.

Hubris takes the mystic a long way towards communion. I’m full of it… apparently.

And this is not some singular gift. This is not something only some rarified kind can do or be. It is as open and accessible to everyone as each individual should choose to make it.

It’s like having an orgasm. The more you worry about whether or not you’re going to have one, and should it feel this way or that, and how do I know when I’ve had one, the less likely you are to get there at all.

Relax. Let your natural faculties do what they were designed to do. Open up. Let go. Let it happen. Let the experience itself reveal to you its own nature.

I was raised Mormon. From the Book of Mormon, I always found this bit of scripture particularly compelling, “…for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.” 2 Nephi 32:8. Although I’m a big ol’ apostate now, for me, that scripture still holds true. Evil teaches a person she should not pray. Evil teaches her that she is unworthy. Evil teaches her that her gods are too good for her. Evil keeps her mouth closed and her anxiety high. Evil separates her from the companionship of her deities.

It may not be a personification of evil or a horde of mischievous demons, but any doctrine that teaches a person they are too lowly, flawed, inept to approach their own gods and receive communication from the same is evil. Any doctrine that puts the presentation of flowers, washing of the hands, or covering of the head before simply opening up your mouth to speak and your mind’s ears to hear, is evil.

But I’m getting into dangerous territory there, so I’ll end this for now.

I’ll leave you with this: The mystical experience need not be a rare and remote thing. Each and every one of you are more than capable. All of you are deserving.

Speak. Listen.

-M.

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About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.
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