One Life and the Inner Mystic
By Shannon Vecere
It has been said for centuries that Spirit is an infinite circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. This One Life is expressing itself through all of creation in every place and at every moment. This life is unified and cannot be divided against itself. It is whole, complete and eternal, and has been called by many names throughout the centuries.
The gift of mysticism is understanding that we are one with The One; we are a strand in the sacred web of life, a centre in the infinite circle. We belong. Our very presence completes the universe and is necessary for the correct functioning of life. As it is true for us, so it is true for all of creation. Every person, every aspect of nature, is part of a system of wholeness.
Becoming an inner mystic means recognising the One Life in ourselves and everyone we meet. This isn’t always easy when human fears and judgements demand our attention. It can be challenging to stand in the Oneness of Spirit when we look at our world and see the appearance of conflict and deprivation.
We do not deny that pain exists in our humanity - it does; but we can choose not to be defined by inner pain and outer struggles. We can remember that we are more than any single moment of life - for we are expressions of the One Life. We are whole and eternal in every moment, whether we feel it or not....so is everyone else.
It is important for the mystic not to judge others by appearances alone. We must release sanctimoniousness in order to know peace. We cannot sit in the oneness of Spirit if we choose to leave anyone out of the infinite circle. It cannot be done, as the whole is indivisible. Either everyone is a manifestation of Spirit or no one is. Spirit does not play favourites. This does not mean that we have to like or agree with everyone we come into contact with; it does not mean that we do not create strong boundaries and speak up about injustice. It simply means that we recognise the humanity back of all people regardless of circumstance.
As mystics, we are called to become more than our limited thinking, and this calling comes from deep within. The mystic uses an inner spiritual sense that does not come from external circumstances or validation. It is not found in books or ritual or dogma. It is found within the heart of the seeker as an intuitive understanding of truth. The mystic lives from the inside out: the invisible truth is more real than the appearances and conditions of the world.
We are all evolving mystics with the ability to intuitively know the Divine within ourselves and those around us. As we are open and receptive to the innermost Presence, we realize and live our mysticism by looking within for truth, guidance and direction. Our understanding of the Universe and our place in it creates the foundation from which we live. That which will save us can only be found in the depths of our very own selves.
Charles Fillmore writes, “...truth is written in the inner sanctuary of every soul, and all know it without external formulas. It is the intuitive perception of what is right in the sight of God. It is the truth and justice that every man recognises as the foundation of true living.” True living requires that we come from a place of inner integrity where our thoughts, words and actions are in alignment to the best of our abilities.
Does this mean that we, as budding mystics, never fall short or miss the mark? Not at all. However, we are aware of the power of our thoughts, words and actions in everyday living. We understand that our interpretation of life shapes our experience of that life more than any other factor, so we keep our eyes raised as we focus on the oneness back of appearances.
We embrace our humanity along with the foibles and challenges that come with it. Most importantly, we are willing to love and forgive ourselves when we don’t live up to our own expectations. It can be challenging to pick ourselves up after a fall or to release self-criticism and harsh judgement. Yet we must if we are to embrace our inner mystic and accept ourselves completely.
Ultimately, mysticism is the democratisation of Spirit. We are no longer required to have a second-hand God. No intervention is necessary, no intermediaries, holy scripts or edicts. The light we are searching for lies within and we can trust ourselves to find it. As we begin to truly know our connection to our Source, all sense of separation falls away and we are left with the understanding that we live in a world of oneness, of wholeness, of completion; moreover, we are whole and complete ourselves.
Shannon is a certified Practitioner through the Santa Fe CSL in New Mexico, USA. She received her Ministerial qualification from the Emerson Institute in 2018 and currently resides in Dublin, IE