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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?

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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,

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

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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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
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