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FSIM strives to provide educational news and information from the various schools of Feng Shui thought and related perspectives on space, design, and environment. The following articles were written by speakers at FSIM meetings or by Practitioner members. The topics are wide-ranging, from dowsing to design.

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September 2019

Practical Mysticism

Practical Mysticism

- The Way of the Future -

 

By: William Meader

 

Humanity’s yearning to understand the spiritual dimension of life has been an instinctual impulse within us since the dawning hour of humankind. Indeed, it is an urge woven into the fabric of consciousness itself. Yet our understanding of spirituality evolves over the vastness of time, as do all things. Though mysticism has been the emphasis of the past, it is gradually evolving into a new and more enlightened approach to soulful living. Referred to as Practical Mysticism, it is a spiritual view of life believed to be the way of the future. 

 

Mysticism has historically emphasized the importance of relating to God’s love. It is based upon the conviction that God is love, and that to find a deep love within oneself is to find divinity. A practical mystic would not refute the truth of this notion. Yet practical mysticism declares that God is not only a representative of love, but also of intelligence. Both represent sacred attributes of divinity seeking expression through humanity. Indeed, the practical mystic believes that service to humanity needs to be centered in compassion, while at the same time expressed intelligently. It demands that we learn to establish a deep connection to the soul’s love while simultaneously applying the wisdom of the mind in practical ways. 

 

One of the perceptual differences between the mystic and the practical mystic has to do with the nature of creation and its relationship to the Divine. Historically, Western theologies have held the view that there is a gulf between God and creation. However, the practical mystic sees this differently. To such a person, it is not God andcreation that is foundational to our existence, but God ascreation. This is the essential reason why the practical mystic sees God within every facet of civilization. Every societal institution is understood as an aspect of divinity struggling to evolve toward a more perfect expression. 

 

Practical mystics understand that the heart and the mind are equally divine, and both must be used in service to humanity’s betterment. Such people advocate the importance of bringing spiritual wisdom into practical expression. They seek to build a new civilization where humanity’s oneness is recognized and outer societal structures evidence this recognition. This is done by inwardly aligning with the soul while simultaneously keeping one’s feet on the ground. Such is the formula for bringing heaven to earth, and is the mandate of the practical mystic.

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