Category Archives: Mysticism

Turns Out I Find Mysticism Pretty Gross

I’ve identified as a mystic for several years but only looked up the definition yesterday. Turns out I’m not that. Turns out I’m anything but that. There are also OJ references and swears in here. Continue reading

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“The physical is not the absolute highest expression, nor is the spiritual ‘purer’ than the base. The only difference between the physical and the spiritual is that the former is denser.” -Scott Cunningham, Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner

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“Disease is not cured by pronouncing the name of medicine, but by taking medicine. Deliverance is not achieved by repeating the word ‘Brahman,’ but by directly experiencing Brahman….” -Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philadelphy 

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All-Access Mystical Experience

I 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 … Continue reading

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God at Rest

“All I mean to imply is that, other things being equal, a heroic figure at rest has a greater transporting power than one which is shown in action.” -Aldous Huxley, Heaven and Hell I think this is less about the … Continue reading

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On a Mystic’s Relationship to the Sciences

“Knowing as he does (or at least as he can know, if he so desires) what are the chemical conditions of transcendental experience, the aspiring mystic should turn for technical help to the specialists— in pharmacology, in biochemistry, in physiology … Continue reading

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Divine Doings

I balk at the notion that the height of paradisiacal enlightenment is one long, lovely, do-nothing day. The gods “do things” constantly. One of Hermes’ sacred epithets is “Busy.” Why should we consider ourselves “blest” if we are not god-like? … Continue reading

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