Mystics have long been an enigma. Cloistered monks, fortune tellers with crystal balls, whirling Dervishes… Each immersed in the profound ancient wisdom that seemed to be promised to the selected few.
Now, as the digital hum consumes our world and the daily grind constantly churns, a yearning for something deeper, beyond the familiar, begins to stir. This subtle tug towards transcendence whispers the possibility of a different way of being—the way of the mystic.
Making a resurgence, mysticism is no longer seen as exclusive to devotees. Now, anyone can learn how to be a mystic, integrating ancient wisdom into the rhythm of modern life.
What Does “Mystic” Mean?
Stripped of the romanticized imagery, a mystic is simply this:
Someone who’s in search of a deep, personal connection with something bigger than themselves, like God or the universe.
“All human experiences are generated from within,” explains Sadhguru, a yogi and profound mystic of our times who’s also the trainer of Mindvalley’s A Yogi’s Guide to Joy. “If you feel happy or unhappy, miserable, joyful, ecstatic, in a state of agony—it doesn’t matter what happens, what is your experience, pleasantness or unpleasantness—just know that it’s happening from within.”
That’s why being a mystic requires a level of quiet reflection and inner exploration. And more often than not, you’ll find these spiritualists, when they’re seeking to reach a higher understanding, in meditation, prayer, or the like.
For them, the ultimate goal is to have a spiritual awakening, like a lightbulb turning on in their soul. It helps them see the world in a whole new way, with knowledge that goes beyond ordinary thinking.
How to Become a Mystic: 5 Things You Can Do, According to Mindvalley’s Spirituality Teachers
Modern mysticism offers a beautiful path to personal transformation and deep connection—no robe, crystal ball, or cape required. Here’s how to become a mystic, weaving the magic of this practice into your daily life, even without subscribing to a specific faith:
1. Embrace stillness
The constant soundtrack of notifications and obligations bombards our senses. So cultivating stillness becomes a radical (and essential) act of self-care and a key gateway to mystical experiences.
Meditation is often the popular go-to. It’s designed to “remind us of those elevated states that are possible for all of our minds,” explains Dawson Church, Ph.D., a neuroscience researcher, in his Mindvalley Quest, Mystic Brain.
As a matter of fact, research from Harvard University suggests that meditation, even in short spurts, can rewire the brain. The study—after eight weeks of mindfulness meditation—helped improve attention, focus, and self-regulation.
But this practice is one of many. It could also be as simple as sitting quietly, focusing on your breath, and gently observing your thoughts without judgment.We can make a conscious decision to lift our attention from ordinary local reality to the sublime nonlocal signal of the universal mind. — @dawsonchurch Click To Tweet
Whatever form you opt for, the mental chatter quiets and a deeper awareness unfolds. You may begin to notice the subtle sensations in your body, the rhythm of your breath, and the whispers of your intuition.
This inner sanctuary becomes a refuge from external noise, a fertile ground for cultivating a happy brain, self-understanding, and even a profound connection to something larger than yourself.
Start now—listen to this 14-minute meditation and embrace the stillness within:
2. Connect with nature
The beauty of nature is that it’s a living altar. For countless cultures and spiritual paths, it’s the very ground of their oneness with the universe—think of a Shinto priest purifying a sacred forest or a Native American medicine man communing with the spirits of the wind and trees for spiritual guidance.
Even for Tibetan Buddhists, the ascent of a mountain is a symbolic climb towards enlightenment. And for the ancient Egyptians, the Nile was a life-giving artery.
But this isn’t some exotic relic of the past. Modern mystics, like yourself, can too find solace and guidance in nature’s embrace.
Whether it’s a barefoot walk on the earth, a silent meditation beneath the stars, or simply the mindful tending of a garden, each interaction is a portal to a deeper reality.
3. Cultivate compassion
In both religion and spirituality, compassion is a bridge that connects us to the larger universe. It’s an acknowledgment that we’re all part of something bigger. So it’s no surprise that this aspect is also a major aspect of mysticism.
“Your spiritual nature is loving, period,” explains Agapi Stassinopolous, a world-renowned spiritual teacher and trainer of Mindvalley’s Speaking with Spirit Quest.
By cultivating compassion, you not only enrich your own life but also contribute to a more loving world. This is the very heart and soul of becoming a mystic: a journey of love, understanding, and deep connection with all of life.
Compassion, too, acts as a powerful mirror for self-reflection. As you extend kindness outward, it naturally reflects, cultivating inner peace and harmony. This emotional balance is crucial for your journey inward, allowing you to navigate the depths of your own being with clarity and acceptance.
Remember, mysticism goes beyond seeking personal enlightenment; it’s also about radiating its warmth outward. Through acts of compassion, however small, you become an agent of positive change, fostering a ripple effect of understanding and care in the world around you.
4. Engage with your creativity
There’s an aspect of mysticism that’s about expressing the ineffable through vibrant creativity. As Agapi points out, every atom in the universe sings with creation, and so do you.
“Your creative expression is a gift,” she adds. Sufi mystic Rumi with poetry. Anchoress Julian of Norwich with her book, Revelations of Divine Love. Even Agapi herself with her work, Speaking with Spirit.Opening to your creativity is a form of prayer. You allow yourself to go beyond your personality, beyond your ego, and your judgements, and you crack the door open to your creative, soulful nature. — @AgapiSays Click To Tweet
So, how can you tap into this vibrant spring of creativity?
Start by visualizing your artistic desires. What beckons you, ignites your soul? See yourself embodying this creation, feeling the joy of it.
Are there whispers of fear, comparisons, or self-doubt? Acknowledge them, then gently set them aside.
Remember, you have a responsibility to your creative spirit. “So go for it,” says Agapi. “The expanded version of yourself will be there to meet you when you dare to open the door.”
5. Ask for guidance
Life can feel like a constant barrage of decisions, big and small. From health choices to dinner plans, it’s easy to get caught in the whirlwind of “what should I do?”
This is a great opportunity, according to Agapi, to “dial the Spirit for direction.” This guidance can come in many forms—spiritual symbols, divine whispers, synchronicities, dreams, visions, physical sensations, and advice from others, just to name a few.
The trick is to “be willing to listen to yourself, to stop the noise, and go beyond the fear,” she advises. “There’s a wise voice in us that will always counsel us if we can just make room for it to speak.”
What Are the Signs of a Mystic?
Identifying if you’re a mystic is not always straightforward, as the experiences and expressions can vary greatly. However, some common signs might indicate that you have a mystical inclination:
1. Introspection and self-knowledge
You often spend time in meditation, prayer, or other contemplative practices to explore your inner world and connect with deeper truths.
2. Intuition and spiritual insight
You may experience heightened intuition, flashes of insight, or a sense of connection to a higher power or universal intelligence.
3. Living beyond the ego
You may show a decreased attachment to material possessions and worldly desires, focusing instead on spiritual growth and inner peace.
4. Transcendent experiences
You may have moments of profound connection to the divine, altered states of consciousness, enlightenment, or mystical visions.
5. Sense of oneness or interconnectedness
You often report feeling a strong sense of unity with all living things, nature, or the universe as a whole.
6. Personal transformation
The mystical experience can lead to significant changes in personality, values, and outlook on life.
7. Simple living and non-attachment
You may simplify their lives and material possessions, seeking inner peace and freedom from external attachments.
8. Commitment to spiritual practice
You often dedicate yourself to specific spiritual practices or traditions, such as meditation, yoga, or prayer.
9. Compassion and a sense of purpose
You feel a strong calling to serve others and contribute to the well-being of the world.
It’s important to note that mysticism is a personal journey; there’s no single “right” way to be a mystic. If you’re curious about how to become a mystic, consider exploring spiritual practices, delving into spiritual texts, and reflecting on your own experiences.
Mysticism Demystified: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Perhaps some questions still linger about this intriguing spiritual practice. Let’s dispel a few common misconceptions.
What is mysticism, anyway?
Mystics are seekers, explorers of the soul’s hidden landscapes. So that would make the “mysticism” definition, in a nutshell, a quest to understand the universe’s deeper truths.
It has nothing to do with wearing robes, living on mountaintops, or levitating (though that’d be pretty cool). This form of spirituality is about seeking profound meaning and inner peace, whether you’re meditating in your living room or sipping chai in a temple.
Is a mystic the same as a guru? Or are there differences between the two?
Mystics and gurus are essentially two sides of the same coin. They both share a deep connection in their pursuit of spiritual understanding, emphasis on inner growth, and desire to contribute to the world around them.
So how can you tell one from another? Here are a few differences:
|Personal journey of inner exploration and insight
|Guiding others on their spiritual paths
|Seeker, adventurer, explorer
|Teacher, guide, mentor, spiritual authority and leader
|Direct experience and connection to the divine or ultimate reality
|Knowledge gained through personal experience and study, shared with others
|Relationship With Knowledge
|Deeply personal, intuitive, experiential
|More formalized, drawn from tradition and scripture
|Varies greatly, may be simple or conventional
|Often adheres to specific spiritual practices and disciplines
Both are crucial figures in the realm of spiritual exploration. And while a guru can be a mystic, not all mystics are gurus.
How can I start my journey to becoming a mystic?
In the wise words of Sadhguru, “The only way out is in.” That is the most direct path to becoming a mystic: inward.
So begin by cultivating a deep curiosity about yourself and the universe. Explore spiritual practices like meditation or prayer, and find one that resonates with your spirit. You can also opt to learn from diverse sources, whether it’s through texts, teachings, or even simply observing the world around you.You don’t have to be anywhere; you just have to be open. — @SadhguruJV Click To Tweet
Remember, it’s all about constant exploration and growth. So trust your intuition, listen to your inner voice, and never stop asking questions. The universe is waiting to reveal its secrets to those who dare to seek them.
Transform Your Mind, Elevate Your Spirit
Thirsty for more? Sadhguru, Dawson Church, and Agapi Stassinopolous—your spiritual squad—await at Mindvalley. Through their quests and guided meditations, you’ll dive deep into soul exploration. And with the vibrant community, you’ll truly feel the electrifying ripple of oneness.
Mindvalley Membership is more than just that; it’s a divine detour to a life brimming with peace, purpose, and an understanding of the infinite that whispers, “Welcome home.” So embrace your spiritual upgrade with Mindvalley—your soul will thank you, eternally.
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