|A mystic is someone who seeks to know God
This may or may not involve religion or conventional definitions of ‘God’. Mystics transgress boundaries and colour outside the lines. They are notoriously difficult to pin down and get a straight answer from. For this reason, mystics are often misunderstood and even feared. At the very least, they tend to be viewed with suspicion, as if their mere presence is a challenge.
And that is exactly the point.
Mystics wake people up
They get under your skin. They show you the truth of your soul, whether you like it or not, whether you ask for it or not. Mystics undermine the status quo and overturn all power structures, all hierarchies. They are the ultimate rebels, the ultimate spiritual warriors. Lauri Ann Lumby brilliantly describes mystics as ‘shit-disturbers’.
A mystic sees reality in a different way. They see through the ego games, the stories and the fear, to the truth and light within.
What is Real?
In seeking to ‘know God’, a mystic is trying to understand the true nature of reality. It’s not enough to just think about it or believe in a nice story that makes them feel better. Mystics want the Truth. They want to rip away all the bullshit and stand naked in the divine fire and scream with joy as the flames devour every last falsehood from their being.
That may sound crazy to a so-called normal person, but in reality we are all mystics. We are all burning in the heart of life. To see it you only need to lift your eyes from the ground.
You may be a mystic but go by another name: artist, shaman, prophet, visionary, wizard, witch, seer, healer, priest, priestess, or alchemist. The name doesn’t matter. It’s just a label, and if you’re a mystic you know reality can’t be labelled.
What is a mystic?
This is my favourite definition of a mystic from Andrew Harvey:
What is the truth?
There is nothing other than God.
A mystic knows this. Not just in their heads or as an intellectual exercise. A mystic knows it in their bones, their blood, in every breath and every heart beat. To be a mystic is to live in the heart of the mystery of Life without turning away from suffering or cruelty or evil or stupidity. To be a mystic is to understand we are all trying to find our way home and to do your best to help.
To be a mystic is to love.