There is a new domain of mystical awakening that can only be discovered together. You cannot gain access to the secrets of the WeMystical path or the sacred dimension of the ‘Higher We’ as an individual practitioner. This realm reveals itself only when we approach each other in a particular way, when we are turned towards the space between us with reverence. Evolution is beckoning us to collective communion.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20, King James Version
You’ve probably been working your way down the path of self-development for years, spending hours in meditation to reach an expanded consciousness. You drop easily into a sacred space, crossing the portal into the vastness that is the divine. It is where we come to find the silence that allows us to cognize what is available to each of us as our potentiated selves.
But what happens when we transcend the material world while connected to the deepest origination point of being?
So first, let’s look at what mysticism is….
“In mysticism that love of truth which we saw as the beginning of all philosophy leaves the merely intellectual sphere, and takes on the assured aspect of a personal passion. Where the philosopher guesses and argues, the mystic lives and looks; and speaks, consequently, the disconcerting language of first-hand experience, not the neat dialectic of the schools. Hence whilst the Absolute of the metaphysicians remains a diagram —impersonal and unattainable—the Absolute of the mystics is lovable, attainable, alive.” Evelyn Underhill
Clearly, being a mystic is not the same as being a philosopher, scientist or a teacher that works with the laws of metaphysical realities. In the work of the Evolutionary Collective we are birthing a new dimension of mysticism – a collective mysticism that represents the emergence of the next step in consciousness.
Before we explore WeMysticism, we should look at mysticism itself. The mystical domain is a deeper reality that is hidden from view in our more ordinary experience of the world. The great mystics in every tradition have tasted this deeper reality. They realize that what they see on the surface, and what their society has told them is real, is only an exterior reality, and that beneath it there are much deeper currents of truth streaming through us. Once they taste this mystical realm their heart bursts with love for this mystery and they will never be satisfied with less. The typical image of the mystic is the lone individual obsessed with the desire to taste the Absolute and come into perfect alignment with it. Mysticism is not the domain of understanding-about deeper realities; it is the direct personal experience of them. In many of the great religious traditions, the ultimate goal of mysticism is described as eternal union with the Divine. And the path of the mystic is relentless obedience to the sacred longing for ‘Oneself’ that has erupted in the heart.
The path of a mystic is one of complete surrender and a total giving of oneself. Mystics are not trying to understand or learn something they can share with others, or discover the laws of healing or reliable ways to access certain states of consciousness. A mystic passionately wants to stay as close to the Divine Mystery as possible. They long for complete union, to become One and never be parted again.
It is a selfless endeavor and though it may benefit others to be close to them, to feel the radiance of their surrender to truth and love, they are not doing it for others. Their only motive is closeness to the Divine, to be one with the ultimate reality. That union is not a means to another end. It is the end. They’re not going anywhere; all they want is to be in contact with the most sacred. It’s completely selfless, like being in love. It is being in love – in love with the truth. A mystic never wants to be apart from the beloved… ever.
Traditional mystics leave the world behind. Some move to monasteries, or retreat from the complexity of the world in other ways. The movement of the mystic is to remove their attention from the external world and place it on the subtle and causal dimensions that lie in within.
We-Mysticism is not a solo journey; it happens between two or more people. The movement of WeMysticism involves leaving the external world behind, not to retreat into a private inner world, but to place all of your attention on an interpenetrating reality that exists in the space between. The WeMystical space is a liminal space that can be entered into together. It’s an inner-space of relatedness that exists between us, but it is still an inner space. Inter-subjective awakening is the awakening to ‘reality’ together. When an individual mystic awakens it is a private experience. A mystic can experience timeless unity and Divine Communion and yet the person sitting next to them may be in an entirely different space in consciousness. In WeMysticism, when we give ourselves to the space between and follow what emerges, we experience a simultaneous sense of being completely withdrawn from the ordinary world, yet completely together in a world of mystical unfolding. We are inside of ‘reality’ together and our shared recognition is one of the most unspeakably joyful experiences most people have ever known.
Turning towards that deeper reality dissolves our experience of separateness. There’s a particularity that I discover with you; we dissolve and change, and there’s a new way of being that shows up and is unique to us. When that work occurs in a group the new way of being is unique to that group. We are actually entering into new worlds and structures of consciousness that are being born out of the coming together. And as the mystic is transformed by his or her journey into mystical depth, there is a transformation of our relatedness that occurs in WeMysticism. We are transfigured. There are now new possibilities in relationship that were not there before. It isn’t relationship, as we have known it. We are aware of things now that were not available before. We can do things now, say things now and perceive things now – together – that simply did not exist before.
Interest in shared spiritual practice and the relational ‘we-space’ is not uncommon today and it is being explored in different ways. It is a core aspect of the work of the Evolutionary Collective and in this work we are approaching shared practice in a distinctly mystical way. Traditionally the path of mysticism is love of the divine, and in the Evolutionary Collective one of the things that we are exploring is a path of shared love of the divine and a profound commitment to the evolution of the love and consciousness.
Entering into this realm of being awakens a higher source of wisdom that guides us further. It creates a feedback loop with a WeMystical divine that represents a higher possibility for humanity. As we become more and more available to this possibility and engage together with increasing sincerity and commitment in a space of ever-greater depth, this feedback loop gets stronger. Together we generate new possibilities of love, creativity and intelligence through our surrender to those very same possibilities. We are responsible for creating this opening by surrendering to it with the heart of a mystic.
There is a poetic quality to the innovation, creativity, love and intimacy that occurs in this way of being. It is so far beyond our normal sense of self that we find no way to categorize the experience. To the uninitiated this possibility sounds so extraordinary that it might be difficult to relate to. We are speaking about realms of experience that are simply outside of our ordinary perception of reality. But that is the realm that mystics have always worked in. In order to gain access to this level of experience we must suspend a certain kind of knowing. We have become accustomed to being certain of what we know. We carry such a strong sense of knowing what is possible and what is not; knowing who we are, and who we’re not; knowing who the other is, and who they’re not. This assumed certainty has to be set aside.
We also learn to communicate inside this space of not-knowing. To do this we allow our language to formulate itself spontaneously in direct response to our experience in whatever forms and directions it dictates. We allow a certain poetic quality to overtake us. We allow our language to be non-literal. Adherence to the literalness of language keeps us planted in the way we’ve always understood things to be. When we let language unfold more poetically, and follow where it’s taking us, rather than using it, we create a space for the unknown to come through us. In this way we find ourselves moving beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary.
I hope you can join me on Sunday, August 12th to find out more about We-Mysticism and Mutual Awakening at a conference in Sacramento. https://mysticmarketplace.net/patricia-albere
With evolutionary love, Patricia