Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Mystic Path: Awakening

Going through my notes from Jean Houston's workshop on Women Mystics, and reviewing the journey of a mystic, I thought it would be a great idea to create SoulCollage® cards to represent the stages of the mystical path.  As I am a visual person I find image really grounds information I am learning in a meaningful way.  But my SoulCollage® cards were, as usual, ahead of me, and I found that many of the cards I was inspired to make shortly before I left for the workshop already spoke of the stages of the mystic path (which according to Evelyn Underhill in her book Mysticism are Awakening, Purification, Illumination, Voices and Visions, Contemplation, Ecstasy and Rapture, Dark Night of the Soul and Unitive Vision).

This card speaks to me of Awakening, which is the stage in which the mystic begins to have absolute knowing of his connection to the Divine.

"It was like entering into another world, a new state of existence.  Natural objects were glorified.  My spiritual vision was so clarified that I saw beauty in every material object in the universe." (Underhill, page 132)

This card says to me:
I am the one who is open to the beauty of everything around me.
I am the one who is ready to be cracked open.
I am the one who is held safely in the ancient hands of Divine Love.
I am the one who has wings to make the journey.


Jay said...

Catherine, I so love everything you do, thank you! I am in the UK, and if I lived closeby, I would be on your workshops for sure. I hope you will consider offering online webinar kind of workshops at some point, or even simply posted video clips of workshops where we can pay online and then access. Thank you again. With love and gratitude, Jay.

Catherine Anderson said...

Jay, I really appreciate your comments. Inspiring others makes me happy! I'm planning to have online workshops up and running within the next couple of months. Thank you for the encouragement.