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the Philosophical and Political Advice of the Mystics: A New Years Unfolding

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"Give them the stone of Sophia (Wisdom) and you'll find philosophy gone, and what's left?

The Stone!"   Goethe, Faust

I first learned I fit the definition of being a mystic when a person who had read my on-line spiritual, philosophical and scientific meanderings informed me that I was a mystic.   To this day I rebel regarding being anything, for to lock one's self into a categorical box of philosophy, religion, scientific creed and so on is to be placed into a prison of sorts.   Yet I also realize that I did indeed fit the definition of mystic; even in my fussing about being called a mystic.

Why all the fuss?

To be a mystic is to get beyond all boundaries.   Absolute acceptance of all entails absolute rejection of everything.   Hence, mysticism is often seen as apolitical, a-religious, a-theoretical and a-theological.     In my case, you could also add atheistic for I do not "buy" any theism of religion.   To be a-theistic in my view is to rid one's self of dogmas and creeds inherent in theology.   For me, dogmas and creeds are the clothing Sophia (Wisdom) wears.   I want Her with nothing on at all.   Though She is a bit of a tease, I do feel I have been gifted with some glimpses of that naked Beauty.  

While wanting Nature/Sophia naked, mystics do indeed have an underlying code of ethics regarding their practice of insights and intuitions that are beautifully summarized at   Some of these are:  

" Mystics established the value of human experience and personal truth over traditional beliefs and scriptures . Their philosophy can be summarized by the words of Buddha, who reportedly said,

" Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said   it

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Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held

Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books

Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin

Believe nothing just because someone else believes it

Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true."

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The modern mystic of 20th century J Krishnamurti stated, "Truth is a pathless land"

            Think of that last one, "Truth is a pathless land."   Now meditate on all the books, seminars and so on designed to make

  you happier, enlightened, and more successful.   "Follow these 10 pointers and you'll have better sex, well behaved children and you will have the world at your command!"   All these promises with all these paths to choose.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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