I wont claim to be an expert in the practices of mysticism or the religions that observe them. Many people observe mysticism even though they don’t associate to it religiously. I know many Christians who read Horoscopes. I know people of all sorts who see mystics, paid psychics, etcetera.
Its my observation that mysticism debunks and removes spiritualism from the equation.
I admit, most all mystics do believe in the spiritualism of their practices. They believe that their abilities, their “magic”, is a result of a “special connection” to the spiritual world. Claims that destiny can be known and other similar things is an appeal to a spiritual world that transcends the physical – that is the “source” of their power and their ability. After all, how can you know anything about the future in a non-spiritual world ruled by physics and reason?… The connection of an individual in the here and now defeats the possibility that such things are possible. They need to believe in spiritualism to justify the existence of mystical abilities.
But, never the less, I believe that mysticism actually undermines the mystics own claims of a spiritual connection, of a spiritual world.
I believe that true spiritualism, if it exists at all, transcends the physical world. We can agree to that much, I think. Our physical world does appear quite independent of a spiritual world – otherwise we would have objective and scientific reason to believe in spiritualism. As it stands, spiritualism a matter of faith and practice.
Many Christians and similar religions are spiritual. They believe in prayer and that God is listening in. They believe that a spiritual connection exists through the mind and soul… not the body.
Mystics, on the other hand, believe that the spiritual world is very tangible. They believe that spiritual truths about life and existence are manifest in the physical. This is seen in the use of:
- crystal balls and gems
- tarot cards that tell the future
- tea leafs at the bottom of a cup
- stars and planets align in the sky
- the lines on the palm of the hand or the shape of a skull
Do I need to go on? Get the jest, yes?
Like witchcraft, mysticism is the practice in which observing and manipulating the physical world can yield insights and power through a spiritual connection that doesn’t already exist in ones capabilities.
The way I see it, mystics and witches place their emphasis on the physical world. The physical world is the variable, it is what can be manipulated, it is what must be read and interpreted.
My conclusion is that mysticism and witchcraft and the like are quite Newtonian. A change in the physical world exacts a change in the physical world. I fail to see where the spiritualism actually comes into play.
If spiritualism were the dominant philosophy, then the soul must exist and free-will a consequence. But if free-will is a valid assumption to make about humanity in a spiritual world, does it make sense that I or you could be subject to magical spells and a mystics attempt at artificially molding my destiny? Do you think that a mystic can know my destiny before I do – even if free-will exists that should theoretically contradict destiny?
No, I think that true spiritualism not only transcends the physical, but it also guarantees that no “wisdom” or practice followed my another is capable of manipulating my world and my choices through non-physical means. It defeats the purpose of free-will otherwise, and undermining spirituality to believe that mystical practices have a non-physical but still Newtonian effect on my life. Simply put, if mysticism and witchcraft have credence, then spiritualism is untrue as it is replaced by a non-objective, non-scientific causality and removes all personal choice from existence.