The mystic is the person who has awakened from the dream.
I cannot will, cannot command certain things in my life (e.g., happiness).
I must have patience, must wait for certain things.
I must be helpless for certain things to happen.
For example, belief can be willed; faith cannot be willed.
"Desireless action" = flow = contemplative in action.
Meaning -- man needs meaning to live.
But the layer of meaning called mystical is hard to come by.
Awareness is an end in itself, not a means.
Anything you become aware of changes. [TJF Aug. 2012: e.g., experiences of nature mysticism.]
Tony de Mello says that those who can sit in the lotus position claim that one cannot think in that position.
In general, keeping one's back erect helps one to avoid distractions.
3:00 p.m. session
God is only in the present.
But we don't live in the present because we live in our heads. [TJF Aug. 2012: We also may not live in the present because of psychological baggage we carry around within us.]
July 15, 1980