Metaphysics versus Mysticism
There remains among spiritual seekers a great deal of confusion with regard to metaphysics versus mysticism, with many simply believing them to be one and the same. Practitioners of metaphysics usually see it as being higher than organized religion, while at the same time organized religions are decrying metaphysics as the work of the devil.
There is a perfect path for every evolving soul. Those who in other lifetimes believed in nothing, may now be ready for and need the experiences of organized religion. Others who have outgrown the structure and discipline of organized religion find themselves open and ready for metaphysics, and a few finished with both traditions find themselves ready to move into mysticism and a consciousness of oneness.
Because metaphysics covers a vast variety of different paths, there is no one metaphysical teaching. Its openness to non-traditional practices ranging from Wicken to Druids, to psychic development causes those locked in narrow belief systems to fear it, and believe it to be evil.
New ideas, especially with regard to truth and healing always frighten those who believe they already have all the answers regarding God and the world. Narrow beliefs based in duality and separation automatically exclude anything other than what one has been told and accepted.
Metaphysics provides seekers with the essential foundation necessary for journeying into the deeper truths and its many forms offer a variety of tools and practice all geared to assist the practitioner physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Metaphysics is at its root, about manipulating and utilizing energy to change an unwanted physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual picture into a desired one which of course will vary with every individual. Manipulation of energy is achieved through the use of crystals, chants, hands on energy work, oils, sound, color, and many more modalities most of which are not generally accepted by medical or religious communities.
In the past and even today, there are those who choose to use their knowledge of energy for self serving purposes which is how the "black arts" began and is why so many decry metaphysics, believing it to be the work of the devil. Anything that can be utilized for good or for evil, represents the third dimensional belief system, one of duality and separation. This is why metaphysics is simply a path along the way to deeper truths, and must not become a stopping point.
Metaphysics utilizes crystals, candles, chants, ceremony, drums, and many more tools in working with energy to bring about some desired result. Generally it is taught and practiced under the supervision of a Guru or teacher of the particular path. For many centuries and even now these tools have been a powerful and effective means for changing a bad picture into a good one but it is often the result of the power individuals have endowed them with.
Ancient healing temples successfully used color, sound, oils, touch, and many other modalities in combination or individually with great success. Many present day healers believe that they are introducing new healing techniques to the world, when in fact they are simply remembering prior work in the ancient healing temples.
When the energy of the earth became very dense, many healing techniques were hidden away. Now that the resonance of many has again risen to where it was when they did this work, these ancient practices, modalities, and techniques long stored in cellular memory are once again able to be re-accessed.
Mysticism is an attained state of consciousness in which an individual lives, moves, and has his being in a realization of Oneness--oneness with Source and all its expressions.. The mystic knows that because there is only One Divine Consciousness forever expressing ITSELF as..., nothing really needs changing, fixing, or healing--because everything is already complete, whole, and perfect. This truth is the evolutionary goal of every soul as all will at some point "come home" and remember who they are.
Mystical consciousness is usually attained after a person has lived within metaphysics for one or more lifetimes. When someone seems to jump into mysticism with no background of religion and very little effort, it usually means that they did the work necessary for this level of consciousness in other lifetimes. This can be delayed but never avoided for it is the truth of every individual's being.
Problems arise when students of truth hold tightly and refuse to leave behind the tools and modalities of their particular path. These tools may have served him well along the way and thus he has come to believe that he needs them. This is especially true for teachers or healers that have built their reputation around a certain practices and modalities.
Continuing to depend upon some tool or outer practice after that state of consciousness has been outgrown will hold a spiritual student locked in an energy and belief system he is ready to move beyond thus blocking his evolutionary process. Beliefs of duality and separation tell us; "I am not whole and I need this tool or practice to make me whole" whereas the truth is; "I already am that which I seek".
Every soul chooses the earth experience in order to learn and spiritually grow in wisdom and knowledge. The attained wisdom and knowledge must then be practiced and lived until it becomes one's state of consciousness at which time it can never be lost or devolve.
Evolution is simply the dedicated process of removing the self created illusory debris one has ignorantly draped upon oneself over lifetimes in order to eventually expose the reality--the perfect expression of Divine Consciousness.
This does not mean that a seeker must throw away their crystals, oils, music etc that they love in order to evolve. Enjoy these things, feel their energy and use them in your work, but do it in full awareness that you do not NEED them. They are tools, helpers, helping to bring you and those you work with ever closer to the realization of "I Already Am".
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One of the most difficult tasks for an awakening human being is to love self. There comes a point at which it becomes clear that if they are to really live from a place of unconditional love, they themselves cannot be excluded. It is in attempting to do this, that a great deal of inner conflict will begin to arise for almost every spiritual student.
Actions taken in an earlier and less evolved state of consciousness (self-righteous actions and words) may have seemed perfectly acceptable, but now, in the light of new spiritual realizations they are causing emotions of shame, regret, and embarrassment. Self-love seems an impossible goal because he is now blatantly aware of how completely he has missed the mark, making self-love even seem repugnant.
It must be understood that every individual is only capable of living out from their highest attained state of consciousness. Consciousness is all there is, and thus everything is lived and experienced from within it according to each one's personal belief system. Many pretend to be of a higher state of consciousness, in the belief that it will allow them to be more accepted by society or some other person. Scam artists are also good examples of pretense. Scam artists assume a consciousness not attained in order to take advantage of someone else's weak spot (relationships, money, health etc.) for personal gain while pretending to have another's best interests at heart.
Self-love is the ability to acknowledge, accept, and respect the un-desirable parts of one's self just as much as the desirable ones from a place of non-resistance. It is the recognition that these facets of self are who you are at this time. Try to recognize the personal qualities you wish to eliminate as old habits developed over lifetimes and manifesting out of cellular memory from a less evolved time. They have no real substance other than the power you endow them with and can serve as tools alerting you to lingering concepts and beliefs in need of examination.
There is a law of attraction--like energy always seeks to align with like energy. If you hold energy of self-loathing, you draw to yourself the experiences that will support that energy. This is the secret behind bullying. You are creators but have not known it.
Practices of resistance, hate, condemnation, avoidance, and self-abuse--physical and mental, never bring an individual to that place he ignorantly seeks of becoming more "perfect" and thus more worthy of love from self and others. Instead, these types of actions simply serve to hold one in alignment with more of these negative energies, strengthening his belief of unworthiness.
It is only through an acceptance of self, warts and all, that old habits can begin the process of disengaging for you are no longer feeding them with your energy. When resistance is put aside there will come a sense of relief as if a weight has been lifted. Unwanted personal qualities no longer need to scream and act out in order to be recognized and accepted.
Start to see negative qualities as the child part of you, your inner child desperately seeking to be acknowledged by any means and in need of love, support, and acceptance as much as the "approved" parts.
As you begin to really accept and love the whole package, the judgmental, critical, angry, and fearful parts of your energy field begin to gradually dissolve and give way without effort or even conscious awareness. One's energy field simply begins to align with the higher frequencies of love and action and you begin to create from this new level.
Whenever you feel yourself slipping into irritation, judgement, criticism, or some other habit regarding self or others, simply acknowledge it saying; "Oh I recognize you. No dear one, we are not doing things that any more. We are living and seeing the world in a new way." Then let it go, blessing the person or event that activated the old energy. You will soon find yourself quietly more the person you want to be.
Loving self is not difficult once it is realized and accepted that everyone (yes, even the rich, famous, and airbrushed) learns and evolves while on earth through illusory third dimensional experiences, until at some point learning the hard way is no longer necessary and learning takes place on easer and higher levels from within. Accept that you were right where you were meant to be and were learning exactly what you were meant to learn when you acted in the ways that now cause guilt and unworthiness.
The key to self-love is in the understanding and accepting of self as SELF, and not as a human being filled with sin and error needing to be eliminated by any and all means no matter how harsh. You are and always have been spiritual Beings. Everyone who has chosen to evolve within third dimensional energy has over their many lifetimes accumulated a bit of debris. It is as simple as that!
The sky will not fall down because you have a bad habit nor will you be punished or be forced to go back to square one. Consciousness never devolves backward. Because of free will you can keep it in a holding pattern, but you cannot go back to sleep after awakening.
The dirt in a pail of water never becomes the water. What you see may look cloudy and dark, but the water never becomes the dirt. Evolution is the process of adding more and more clean water (Light and awareness) until the water is clear. You don't rant and rail at the dirt, you simply allow it to dissolve through the realization that cloudy water is in reality, pure water.
You are infinitely worthy of love because it is what you are made of and if you exclude yourselves, you are rejecting the Source that formed ITSELF as you.