A Gang of Girls Radio - Mysticism - Show Notes
'the essence of the mystical quest is compassion'
belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.
noun. a person who claims to attain, or believes in the possibility of attaining, insight into mysteries transcending ordinary human knowledge, as by direct communication with the divine or immediate intuition in a state of spiritual ecstasy.
Compassion is fierce and comes from the heart as love. This doesn't mean you are a doormat and allow people to walk all over you. It means that you are loving and understanding. You know your limits and have the ability to set boundaries for yourself and others.
The heart is the fundamental part of mysticism. To be an energy worker or psychic we work from the heart to help heal our clients. All true energy work comes through the heart as love.
All mystics are intuitive, insightful and are always on the path of enlightenment.
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettescheim
B 9.14.1486 in Cologne, Germany
In the three books of his masterpiece, The Occult Philosophy, Agrippa divides the world in three sections: the elementary, the celestial and the intellectual, and believes that every inferior world is governed by its superior. His first book deals with the elementary or material world, whose main elements are: earth, water fire and air. In his second book, he deals with the celestial world, the magic properties of science and mathematics, and how the material world is influenced by celestial bodies and astrology. In his third book, he describes the spiritual world of angels, other heavenly beings and spirits, and the way one can communicate with them and with God, by using secret symbols and special talismans.
Teresa of Avila
Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada B 3.28.1515 D 10.4. 1582
Entered the Convent at age 20
After entering the convent she became ill, she suffered tremendously. During her illness she had moments of deep religious ecstasy. divine visions and long periods of inner peace. During this time she managed to read several books by medieval mystics that strengthened her faith and gave her courage to overcome her illness.
She admitted it was her surrender to the will of God that made her strong enough to endure her suffering with Joy - she transcended the physical pain.
But the clergy suggested that her visions and inner state of ecstasy were not divine but delusions of the devil, she performed acts of mortification - fasting, abstinence, pious kneeling for several years and lost her confidence in her faith.
Her confessor - Saint Francis Borgia reassured her of the divine nature of her visions and experiences - she started to regain her confidence and her visions.
She established the Carmelite Convent of St. Josephs 1562
She helped to establish the Discalced Carmelite Brethren in 1568
"You know, I no longer govern in the way I used to. Love does everything. I am not sure if that is because no one gives me cause to reprove her, or because I have discovered that things go better in that way. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything."
God alone is enough - Let nothing upset you, let nothing startle you, All things pass: God does not change. Patience wins all it seeks. Whoever has God lacks nothing: God alone is enough.
Dr. John Dee - Mathematician, Astrologer, Spiritual Seeker
John Dee B 7/13/1527 D12/1608
He had a great education and in 1542 John Dee entered St. John’s College in Cambridge - mathematics, geometry, latin, greek, philosophy and astronomy
He managed to obtain a BA degree in 1546 & was accepted as a founding member of Trinity College where he became an under reader in Greek.
During this time he used some special stage effects to simulate the Flight of Trygaeus in the representation of Aristophanes Peace - this is where rumors of him started as being a sorcerer. = which would also put his life in danger several times.
He travelled all over Europe learning, teaching and seeking. He had one of the best libraries during the reign of Elizabeth I.
During Queen Mary’s Reign he was charged with heresy and was imprisioned at Hampton Court
During 1558 he became Queen Elizabeth’s personal astrologer and advisor on scientific matters.
1580 he turned his attention to the secrets of nature, the supernatural, the summoning of spirits and encounters with angels. He met Edward Kelley, who was a psychic medium who used a crystal ball. They conducted spiritual experiments while traveling together across central Europe
He was appointed warden of Christs College in Manchester
A True Spiritual Seeker
John Dee was a "deep spirit" and as such he studied and practiced astrology, Rosicrucian and Hermetic theories, he studied the Hebrew language, the Talmud and the Kabbala, and practiced alchemy hoping to find the elixir for eternal life. He nurtured the idea that the human nature is definitely connected to the divine, and that the germs of supernatural abilities lie within every individual. He believed that with careful development and under the proper circumstances, the germs can become a path that will lead to a real communication with the Spiritual and Angelic World.
In most of his books he dealt with man's divine nature and the spiritual transformation of the mankind through knowledge. Even in his famous Preface to Euclid, mathematics was explained in such a way as to be easily applied to fields such as metaphysics, mysticism and philosophy.
No doubt, Dee was a man of God, despite the fact that he did not adhere to any formal religion of his time. He sought the guidance of God and he was keen on communicating with the unseen world of angels. Assisted by Edward Kelly who acted as a medium and using a crystal ball, he maintained that he managed to communicate with the angels, was able to make predictions, acquire secret knowledge and receive and reconstruct the Enochian Language, which is the language of God and Angels and which he describes in his Five Books of Mystical Exercises. The language is a kind of bridge that connects this material world with the spiritual world, it is the language of Adam and Eve which was recorded by the patriarch Enoch in his book "Speech from God" but was lost in the Deluge of Noah.