A lot of people have a hard time with this word ‘mystic’, so I decided to clarify my own use of the term. Some people consider ‘mystic’ derogatory, equating it with delusion, and don’t like that I use that label for teachers they respect. Others reserve it only for those with dramatic abilities and experiences, such as prophetic visions, out-of-body encounters, and the like.
A mystic, like a shaman, is someone who answers a call and is initiated into a deep mystery housed within us all. Mystics and shamans are offered the opportunity to use their spiritual power, insights, wisdom, and ability to access unseen dimensions to serve others. As technologists of the sacred, they can serve in any number of roles. They embark on paths to become healers, psychic advisors, psychologists, poets, visionary artists, musicians and spiritual teachers.
Few born-to-be-mystics seem to actualize their destiny because they feel it necessary to conform to the norm and the expectations of their culture. They are prone to doubt or mask their intuitive abilities, seldom revealing them to others. But for those who recognize their gifts and use them, their life is a meaningful journey of enlightening experiences and a rewarding call to serve the consciousness of others.
Is there a mystic in you waiting to be reborn? Here are some common signs and mystical qualities that may suggest you were born to be a mystic:
You Are the Last of the Unicorns
As a child you liked to sit alone and draw for hours. With crayons and colored markers your imagination was a wondrous thing. Purple was your favorite color and every landscape shown purple flowers with purple sunsets as a backdrop. Four legged animals wore purple robes and possessed magical powers, often sprouting wings to fly. Perhaps your favorite animal was the unicorn, the mythical archetype and emblem of the mystic.
You Have Clairvoyant Powers
As a child you may have seen ghostly figures in your room, fairies in the garden or angels in your dreams. But as you grew up, these experiences became a bit less frequent as you grounded into the material world. Now at peak moments, your hunches about others prove right, you seem to know who is on the other end of the line when the telephone rings, and you dream about events on the news before they happen. Your clairvoyance may seem like a burden at times and you are afraid others won’t believe you or worse – think you a witch. But the truth is that your psychic ability should be viewed as a gift that is meant to be developed, exercised and used to serve others.
Your Ancestors Dabbled in Metaphysics
How lucky you were if as a child you had an elder to guide you. Maybe your grandparent helped you interpret your dreams or you watched them cook up herb potions in a big pot that were used as medicine. Some of those who are rooted in the metaphysical world chose to come into a family who could nurture their innate gifts, pass down a legacy and help them forge the path of their destiny. Whether a spiritualist who read Blavatsky out loud, a Native American medicine man or woman who taught them to be reverent of nature, or a Jewish rabbi who taught them the ancient esoteric wisdom of the Kabbalah, they were instrumental in initiating the adept student and transferring a body of knowledge.
You Are an Adept in the Occult
If Harry Potter had been published when you were a child you would have wanted to learn the mystical secrets of wizardry. As it was, you probably preferred the Greek myths over history, learning about the Seven Wonders of the World, and enjoyed stories about the ancient land of Egypt and the Knights of the Round Table. As an adult, your thirst for spiritual knowledge propels you to pour over books on occult subjects such as, hermeticism, tarot, astrology, sacred geometry, and dream interpretation. Or perhaps you prefer to study comparative religion, mythology, philosophy and psychology, all branches on the tree of wisdom. You intellectual quest for the Holy Grail brings meaning to your life and to the lives of others.
You Are an Empathetic Caregiver
One a scale of 1 to 10 on the empathic scale you consider yourself at least a 9, feeling the feelings of others and often taking their burdens on your shoulders. As a child, you put band-aids on your animals, your doll and teddy bear, parented your younger siblings and shouldered your parent’s problems. As an adult, you are an “intuitive/feeling” type on the Myers-Briggs Scale of personality types and have what are called “fuzzy” emotional boundaries, meaning it’s hard for you to separate other’s feelings from your own. Some empaths receive psychic feeling cues in the form of discomfort in their bodies when in the presence of someone who is ill and tend to absorb energies from their surroundings. Until a higher light is integrated, this sensitivity can seem more like a curse than a gift.
If you are a mystic, your worldview is expansive, surreal, magical, otherworldly, if not dreamy. Your “Kansas” undoubtedly has a bit of “Oz” in it and the Great Mystery unfolds everywhere your ruby slippers take you. You are meant to contribute your mystical genius to the world no matter how difficult it seems. All the great mystics, such as Helena Blavatsky, William Blake, Rolling Thunder and Black Elk contributed a great deal to our understanding of the divine and the divinity within us.