‘Mysticism is living Love’s oneness’ so says contemporary Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.
At first I mis-read the title as ‘Mysticism: Living one’s Oneness’. I am wondering if that also is true?
Another way to put that is to say how far does integration of the individual’s (false) self a prerequisite for purity and lack of self-deception in our preparedness for mystical experience.
Perhaps a useful metaphor here is that of radio interference – from thoughts, feelings or the ‘world’ that keep us suffering negatives from the past – fear, etc – or from the ‘future’ anxiety etc.
I take it that almost everyone is a mystic in the same way that most people can walk, run and throw but not at Olympian levels. But it is part of the soul’s experience, in basic forms, for most people – except sociopathic and psychopathic people or those in whom there is a complete take-over by the egoic self.
I work with a simple definition ‘a mystical event is an experience, via truth, goodness or beauty, that enables us to transcend our little, frightened egoic self’. Such an event has probably happened to you today, or recently, when you were moved by a smile, or something a child said, or a beautiful landscape etc.
A third way of asking the question is ‘is our sensibility to possible mystical events conditional on a substantial degree of transformation of disturbing negatives into a higher degree of integration?
The article by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is HERE – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/llewellyn-vaughanlee/mysticism-living-loves-oneness_b_1304518.html