Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – How a Mystic Succeeds
A true mystic lives in two different worlds simultaneously—the outer physical world, and an inner spiritual world occupied by the Presence of God. A mystic is a person who spends his or her life in pursuit of God’s Presence and Absolute Truth, which is one and the same as God’s Presence. Down through the ages, the primary method used to find God’s Presence has been meditation.
Once a mystic has either come close to, or actually experienced God’s Presence, there arises a different approach to success, and often a redefining of what success is. Success can encompass much more in its definition than merely physical or worldly success. A true mystic sees success as also including spiritual awakening, awareness, and enlightenment in one’s life.
A “wholeness of life” is more how a mystic would define success, and how he or she pursues it becomes the primary priority of life. Jesus encouraged his followers to “seek first the Kingdom of God and all else would be added to them.” The mystic seeks God’s Presence or inner mystical union with God for God’s sake alone, or for knowledge of God’s Presence.
In the process, an individual invokes the energy forces of their deeper unconscious mind en route to contacting God’s Presence at the center of their mind. When contact is made, from that point on a person is under divine influence or guidance, even though they may not, at times, choose to follow what God is prompting them to do to succeed in life. Remember always that God’s definition of success may vary widely from how the human mind conceives it.
To God, the measure for success is the achieving of a soul’s life purpose. To the mystic, the same definition of success also holds true, for the mystic seeks not only to know God directly through mystical means, but also to do God’s Will.
That means that ultimate success serves the soul as it makes its way through eternity, rather than to simply measure success by one lifetime. At the same time, as a mystic must also live in a more mundane world of paying one’s bills, outward or worldly success is part of the whole picture.
As a true mystic contacts God’s Presence through the practice of meditation, the attributes of God’s Universal Mind integrate with the mortal mind. Each time you meditate, the higher Universal Energies of God’s Mind travel into the human or conscious level of your mind.
What takes place is an integration of energies within you, of both mortal and immortal, personal and Universal. As this integration of energies occurs, the attributes of the divine—as energies—become a part of your conscious mind’s energies.
To bring about success, the key is to rely only on your inner oneness with God’s Spirit. Once you can clear your mind of other dependencies for your success, the Presence of God automatically takes over to bring you to success. It is as if you have totally let go, and knowing this, God enters your conscious mind with divine attributes to make it happen for you. True mystics, therefore, abandon the ego—giving it up to the Universal.
When this occurs, personal ego-based self-confidence is replaced with God-Self reliance to bring about success. When you put your trust in God as a true mystic would, you totally trust and have faith in the Ultimate Power in the Universe to bring success into your life, both inwardly and outwardly. Christ reflected on this truth when he said, “It is not I (the personal ego of Jesus), but the Father in me who doeth the works.”
The true mystic believes in the power of will. However, the will power of the human level of the mind is limited in its capacity, wisdom, and vision—the ability to see the whole picture in one’s life. Mystics know that by turning over their personal will to the Will of God for their life, they lose little, but gain a universe of possibilities.
The true mystic is also continually in motion. Many people do not succeed in life because they lack the personal ego-mind self-discipline to set themselves in motion. Especially in today’s fast-moving world, without being in motion a person falls behind and, therefore, does not succeed. The mystic knows that God is in Eternal Motion, and by proclaiming a Oneness with God’s Presence, he or she becomes an Eternal Self-Starter, constantly doing and thinking things that materialize success.
Finally, true mystics know that it only takes a single creative idea to change one’s entire life, and they know that such a creative idea is within them. Right now within you is a creative success idea that can vastly improve your life. By meditating and turning over your will to God’s Will, you do as the true mystic does: you remove the inner mental walls between the conscious level of your mind and the God-level of your mind, so creative ideas can rise to the surface of your conscious thinking, and so God can intuitively guide you to success in your life.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 4: Module 37.
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