Finding Your Mystic: Listening Beyond the Voices

Finding Your Mystic: Listening Beyond the Voices

Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.
Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself
more highly than you ought to think… Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when
you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. – Romans 12: 2-12

We often have a “cast of characters” living inside our heads that love to carry on endless
conversations–each from their own perspective. The chatter of our minds can sometimes
keep us from a deeper listening and it is often difficult to decipher exactly what constitutes
a mystical connection to God. Getting our True Self into the chairperson’s seat in the
committee meeting does not mean ignoring those voices of pessimism, people-pleasing or
accusation, but instead listening intently to them and not letting them bully us into action
based on fear. Letting them in and letting them go is the prayer of the mystic within.