It’s all very well practising meditation, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself what you’re working towards? What does it mean to be enlightened and what’s the price for seeing into the true nature of reality? This post tries to answer some of these questions: What is Enlightenment?
A spiritual emergency or crisis is what happens when the natural process of spiritual awakening becomes intensified. It moves faster and deeper, and becomes enmeshed with earlier wounds that are yet to heal. This experience can be triggered by spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer, or yoga. But it can also be triggered by drugs, or by any major turning point in your life. The death of a loved one, illness, accident, divorce, or the loss of a job, can all trigger a period of profound questioning which leads to a spiritual awakening.
In some ways, meditation is the easiest thing to do. It just involves focusing your mind on one thing at a time. You enter a meditative state quite naturally when you’re concentrating on something important that requires your full attention, like reading a challenging book or listening to a friend share a difficult emotional experience. Another kind of meditation happens when you get into the ‘zone’ or a flow state: listening to music, doing creative work, or dancing, for example.
The simplest answer to this question is: 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 or even feared. At the very least, they tend to be viewed with suspicion, as if their mere presence is a challenge.