The Mystic is one of the most david hoffmeister church youtube on Earth, not to mention one of the most ridiculed. It doesn’t matter whether he is a Christian mystic, a Buddhist mystic, a Sufi, a Shaman, a psychic, a master teacher, etc., because all genuine mystics have gone beyond the fundamentalist mentality and entered the inner world of God’s Reality. The Mystic is more comfortable tuning into the spiritual world because he feels more awkward in the physical world, and never seems to fit in anywhere. He is often judged as being rather eccentric if not blatantly strange. Mystics tend to be shy and introverted rather than gregarious. They find it somewhat difficult to socialize, however, when they have become used to a certain group of people, especially a spiritual gathering, they feel right at home.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee in his book, The Bond with the Beloved, clearly says, “Mystics are usually introverts, more at home in the inner world than in the outer world… they have often been misunderstood since childhood.” He also says they often feel like strangers in this world. As strangers in a strange world in the earth plane, they feel more at home in the spiritual realm. This is one of the reasons they tend to act shy or distant around others.
Now of course, this is not true with all Mystics, as there have been a number of outgoing and socially comfortable individuals who have walked the road of Mysticism. Obviously, they have gained inner balance and confidence, and a good degree of self-mastery, whereas many Mystics are still unfolding on the Spiritual Path and are still seeking this balance. Sometimes they feel as if they are walking a tightrope, seeking a balance between the physical and spiritual, and a spiritual Master is one who has found that balance. Nevertheless, there are successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, millionaires, and ordinary people, etc., with naturally outgoing personalities — but they are not necessarily mystics. There is something about walking the Mystical Path that causes the Mystic to feel awkward and out-of-place in the physical world — until he has found that balance and reached mastery over both worlds.
The Mystic lives in the way of the heart more than he does in the way of the mind. He tends not to be an intellectual, but he is more of an intuitive, although he seeks the balance of both mind and heart. The true Mystic has a purified heart, for he has renounced the negative ways of the world to a large degree, and he feels compassion for others, and love for the Beloved, the God within. He lives by the affirmation, “I strive to serve God by serving mankind.” He follows this scripture from the Bible: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind… Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22: 37 and 39, KJV)
He sees the unseen and here’s the unheard, for although he is a transient in this world, he has gone beyond the Veil and entered the invisible world of Spirit, but he can move between the two worlds. He sees things most people do not see, and he hears the still clear voice of God within his heart. Some Mystics are in tune with angels and spirit guides, or other light-beings in the spiritual realm, but not all of them are this spiritually sensitive. There are varying degrees of Mystics, for some can perceive realms of higher vibration more clearly than others. Some are beginners or even initiates who are still learning the ways of the Mystical Path, whereas others are Masters who now lead the way for others.
The Mystic may have studied various esoteric teachings or numerous traditions, but he has not necessarily attached himself to any one of them, for what he seeks is not without, but within. He realizes that many paths can lead to God, but he has discovered that the inward way of the mystical is a more direct path. Although he may associate with a particular church or group and interact with its people, he remains detached to such religious organizations, for he has found what he has been looking for within his own self, because it is not something to be found in a physical group. He will associate with a particular group to serve and uplift its people and not so much for his own benefit or personal goals. He knows that finding the right religious group is not the goal, for he knows that the idea of “one true religion” is erroneous. He knows that his real purpose is finding and experiencing the God-Being within, and then teaching and demonstrating to others how to find this inner reality.