The Quest-affiliated Hawkins study group met on Monday, November 1. During our meeting, we read and discussed a section from Dr. David R. Hawkins’ third book I: Reality and Subjectivity. Altogether, Dr. Hawkins has written eight books. I’m reading two of them now. During our meeting, we also watched and discussed a portion of Dr. Hawkins’ DVD “The Mystic.”
|Dr. David R. Hawkins|
According to Dr. Hawkins, Jesus and Buddha were both mystics. Dr. Hawkins says that a mystic is someone who has transcended the illusions of this world. A mystic knows that he is a divine spiritual being and not just a physical body. He can laugh at the absurdities of this world which most people take so seriously.
As always, what I learned during the meeting enthralled me. To me, Dr. Hawkins is a mystic himself. The things I learned in our meeting left me wanting to know more about mystics.
Many people still think that a mystic is someone who engages in occult practices, renounces the world, and goes to live alone on a mountaintop. That’s a popular misconception.
Anyone could be a mystic. You could be. I could be. What qualifies us as mystics? Or mystics-to-be?
A mystic is someone who has undergone a profound shift in consciousness, or spiritual awakening. As a result of this awakening, a mystic enters into a sacred journey to try to find out what lies beyond the veil separating this physical world from the spiritual realms beyond. He seeks to learn the divine Truth. He hopes to establish direct and permanent conscious contact with God and dispel the illusion of separation from God.
A mystic is motivated by an insatiable quest for answers to the great spiritual questions: What am I? Why am I here? And what is God? Perhaps the mystic’s quest is a spiritual imperative that lies hidden within all of us. Sadly, most of humanity remains bogged down in the illusions of this so-called “physical reality” where the ego has firmly established its grip and won’t let go.
Throughout history, mystics have tried to show the way to the rest of us. But most of us have not experienced the kind of spiritual awakening that mystics have. So we have not been able to understand them. We have ridiculed and even despised them. That’s why Jesus was crucified.
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) published her best-known book Mysticism in 1911. In it, she describes the path we follow to become mystics. She says there are five stages on this path. They are:
1) Awakening, when we start to become aware of divine reality.
2) Purgation, when we discover our own imperfections and limitations.
3) Illumination, when we discover a new heaven and new earth.
4) Dark night of the soul, when we undergo a final purification and during which we experience a profound feeling of God’s absence.
5) And, finally, union with God, when we have liberated ourselves from the ego’s stranglehold and the illusions of this physical world and have achieved a permanent state of transcendence with a new sense of purpose in life.
I am fascinated by all of this in my own continuing quest for spiritual knowledge and wisdom.
Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism and David R. Hawkins‘ I: Relativity and Subjectivity are both available at the Quest bookstore.