I believe there comes a time in life when you are called to question what you have been told is the truth, especially the truth about God and who you are. That’s when the mystical journey starts. It can be a wild ride, and a lot of us decide not to take the chance and choose to stay within the safety of the herd. That’s okay. God’s patient and the call is always open.
People use terms like the ‘dark night of the soul’ to describe how it feels when you lose the certainties you thought you had but, like everything you encounter in life, that too will pass and, eventually, you will discover the truth that sets you free – if you persist.
I am a student of A Course in Miracles and the Way of Mastery, and I’ve been exposed to Buddhist and Sufi thought. When you read outside the sacred texts of your religious tradition, you discover there is only one truth expressed in many forms. There are many roads leading to the top of the mountain but the view from the top is the same, no matter how you get there.
I am what is called a modern or urban mystic. I don’t live in a monastery. I’m married, have children, and live and work in my local community. My lifestyle is nothing like that of St Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa, or any other saint.
This is a book for modern mystics like me, who walk a different pathway to the one followed by the holy men and women of history. The ancients, like St Francis of Assisi, got to hide away in monasteries and ashrams or a cave in the mountains. Today, we get to answer the call to the spiritual journey while walking the way of the householder in the streets, offices, shops, and factories of the world, right here where everybody else is.
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