It’s been said humans are dualistic by nature. In Sacred Text this is referred to as yin/yang, divine masculine/divine feminine, good/evil, light/shadow, and so forth.
These opposing energies are also known as the Higher Mind (metaphysical) and the Lower Mind (physics). Our Higher Mind is changeless and a unique expression of the Divine Mind. Our Lower Mind is basic human urges and biological needs.
The Lower Mind is cumbersome. Its role is to make things happen and adjust to changing conditions so we can feel safe and secure. The Lower Mind is a perfect hunter. It’s excellent at making sure the human race survives. It’s a wonderful mechanism that has kept humanity humming along for centuries. Unfortunately, it’s reactive and it’s not so great for manifesting.
Trying to manifest in the Lower Mind is problematic on two fronts:
- Its only focus is self-comfort and/or self-recognition.
- It has very little faith.
As any skilled architect knows, a blueprint is created before the building is constructed. The Divine Mind is the Architect of Life. The Higher Mind is the closest way to access Divine Mind. A life of happiness and inner peace, is only accessible through Higher Mind awareness. This is why many Law of Attraction principles fail. Most people are trying to manifest the needs of the Lower Mind and are easily discouraged by outward conditions.
So how do we tap into this Divine blueprint and access the wisdom of the Higher Mind? Through Sacred Text.
What is Sacred Text?
Sacred writings are a global phenomenon. They give us access to cultures and philosophies we may never consider. Sacred Text are both written and oral traditions/teachings. They are ancient truths that endure the passing of time.
There’s a sort of mystical aspect of how these texts survive the ravages of time. However, their enduring qualities make sense. Sacred Texts are channeled through the Higher Mind. The Higher Mind is changeless. It is a unique expression of the One Mind and therefore, eternal. Enduring millennia after millennia. No beginning. No end.
Thanks to the Internet, most of these texts are easy to access, even the most obscure. These writings are called mystical, holy, secret, hidden, and yes, even forbidden.
Why We Fear Mysticism
When we talk about mysticism, a lot of people get nervous. The Hollywood horror genre has spent decades putting a negative spin on anything remotely “unknown” or “unexplained”. Mainstream religion has also done a good job of scaring people into thinking mysticism is bad or evil.
However, if we examine the word “evil” it’s actually “live” spelled backwards. So evil can simply be interpreted as anything working against life. We don’t have to look very far to see how many individuals and groups are failing to live happy lives.
Is inner peace and harmony attainable?
Sacred Text affirms YES if we filter through a metaphysical lens.
The Metaphysics of Sacred Text
All sacred knowledge is grounded in metaphysical principles. Sacred Text reveals to us what is hidden in plain sight. Let’s face it, most of us were never taught to explore sacred writings in relation to metaphysics.
We’ve been conditioned to accept literal or moral interpretations of holy writings. Metaphysics invites us to explore Scared Text beyond our physical (physics) world. We’re challenged to delve into the quantum field to discover the creative “spark” and develop that spark within. Once discovered, the Universe unfolds.
As mentioned, westerners are taught to read the Bible from a literal or moral perspective. Very few are able to fully practice these moralistic codes. This is because the pressure is on to “do good” so we can reap a reward later down the line. However, people do good all the time yet fail to reap their rewards. Frustration sets in, they lose faith and become bitter or angry at the world. This is the shadow side of the Lower Mind. It becomes regressive when our needs are unfulfilled.
We know this to be true when Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13: 11: “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.”
Paul isn’t talking about himself as a child. He is talking about transcending the Lower Mind. He is encouraging us to look beyond the obvious to access the deeper esoteric wisdom on offer. Paul challenges us to go beyond our basic understanding and study the Sacred Text through symbolism and metaphors.
When we do this, we find good deeds unimportant. They do not earn us favor. This can upset devout followers. They argue the Bible teaches us how to walk a good path. This is absolutely true. However, most of us already have a moral compass hardwired in our DNA. This is what keeps us from being too self-destructive. When operating correctly, the Lower Mind is an expert in self-preservation. Therefore, morals are not really the primary lesson here. These lessons are just primers for the Lower Mind to surrender to Higher Mind wisdom.
When we talk about Christian mysticism or esoteric wisdom, we’re defining it as something outside or hidden from traditional teachings. Thankfully, many scholars have studied Sacred Text and created comparative literature to make it a little easier for us to grasp the metaphysical principles behind these ancient writings.
Manly P Hall created an impressive anthology in his works titled: The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Helena Blavatsky synthesized both Western and Eastern Mysticism in her two-volume work titled: The Secret Doctrine. She also established the Theosophical Society to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science. To seek eternal truth above all else.
Sacred Text teaches us to rise above the physicality of existence. This includes fleeting emotions and temporary conditions that cause us stress or worry. Once we transcend to Higher Mind awareness, we find it easier to flow with life.
The Bible is very clear about this. Jesus affirms in John 17:14 : “… they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.”
Here “World” refers to the physical conditions we perceive as insurmountable. Most humans place their faith in temporary conditions that they can see/hear/smell/feel. Then mistakenly believe these conditions are fixed or unchangeable.
The above quote is showing us physical conditions are the product of the past thoughts, actions, and deeds of the Lower Mind. Jesus is telling us he operates in the Higher Mind. As such, fluctuations in the world do not trigger him. He is changeless. Symbolic of walking on water. Water represents emotions. Peter could not walk on water because he let his emotions overwhelm him. Therefore, he sank, unable to overcome his own doubts.
As much as we would love to believe our faith is strong, most of us are more like Peter than Jesus. We allow negative thoughts and feelings to rule the mind. They trap us in a mental prison.
The Bible’s sacred writings encourage us to transcend the Lower Mind. To trust the Divine Mind is always speaking to us and through us. We must renew our mind in order to fully surrender to the Divine Mind and trust where it leads us. Sacred Text gives us the blueprint to embrace the Changeless, Eternal Self; to become Christ-like. Rising above temporary conditions.
Eastern mysticism by nature, is a lot more flexible in its approach to metaphysical philosophies. It's much older than Christianity and flows easily with alternative paths to enlightenment. Eastern Mysticism does not polarize itself in the same way as Christianity.
Buddhist teach the middle way, avoiding extremes of any kind. This is only achievable after a series of life experiences has occurred. Buddhist believe one must experience the ups and downs of life before the Lower Mind can even surrender itself to the Higher Mind.
Eastern Mysticism understands the symbolism and metaphors of an impartial Universe. It focuses less on self-concepts and embraces the intrinsic value of all life. New Age, Pagan, and Mystery Schools most often build on Eastern Mysticism. Yet depending on who is doing the interpretation, many Sacred Texts in Eastern Mysticism are also hyperbole versions of their original intent.
Take Karma for example. Humans continue to impose a moralistic value on karmic principles. Karma is not a punishment or a reward. Morality is a Lower Mind concept. A response based on emotional triggers and personal biases. Karma simply builds on the Universal law of cause and effect. Plant weeds, you will harvest weeds. Plant corn, you will reap corn. Whatever seeds (thoughts/actions/deeds) we plant, is the harvest we produce.
Eastern Mysticism reveals the impartiality of the Divine Mind. The Sun rises and sets on all living things. This life-giving energy has no human prejudices or biases.
Once we learn how to interpret Sacred Text through a metaphysical lens, we uncover the beauty and wonder of our existence through Higher Mind awareness. We can appreciate the beauty of life no matter how it presents itself to us. We become less reactive. We know when to lean back and when to take inspired action. We feel fully supported by life and it is glorious.