My working definition of a mystic is: one who experiences more than he can verbalize. But isn’t it ,oh, so exciting to try to explicate the unutterable as much as possible, even though some would instantly doom that attempt to failure. The beast called mind grabs to comperehend. It is unsatisfied by mere letting things be; it wants to bring things under its jurisdiction and wants to encompass the whole cosmos and measure it with its square. The thing is, we can linguisticaly refer to that which is beyond words – which isn’t the same as reaching it- and the mind can be used to understand its own limits. That to me is the only real chance of ever “silencing the mind”; namely to exhaust it so much that it stays within its boundaries and not try to do what is can never do – conceptually grasp the Infinite. The state of mental stillness does not exclude thoughts, they appear on the surface of consciousness, reflecting reality as clearly as the waters are tranquil.
Certainly, any terms that I utilize for the purpose of communicating my ideas can only have meaning for someone else if he/she can find within their own section of reality an experience equivalent to what I’m trying to convey. Language is to me a very peculiar function of the human mind, being as out-branched and sophisticated as it is in us, seemingly exceeding any and all biological considerations of an organism, but assisting with the social ones. Terrence Mckenna’s way of looking at nature as building new levels of complexity upon already established ones stuck with me; seeing nature as a self-developing and ‘novelty preserving’ mechanism really fits the bill. (He would give language an even more radical role though, but nevermind that now). Nature certainly seems to display a quality of liking to bring-out-оf-itself ever fuller expressions of itself, thus demonstrating its inherently creative nature.
I wish not to underestimate our fellow creatures by judging them according to our standards, but I can’t help but notice the very special relationship we,humans, as contemplative beings have with ourselves and the world, which we now understand as not seperate from ourselves. It’s this infamous capacity of self-consciousness that we posses…Deity, thus, whatever it may be, is not undestood to be complete onto itself (otherwise there’d be no need for a universe), but it is on a quest, or a role playing game of sorts: disguising itself as the Other in order to make itself an object for it’s own thinking. Self-referentiality is the key word these days. In this scheme, man plays a crucial role in God’s own self-discovery, or as Ibn al’ Arabi puts it:
“God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal.. and awakens in man.”
This is very much in line with the hermetic way of thinking, which was one of the influences on Boehme, as is clear from his seven-fold conception of creation, related to the seven days of creation, but understood non-linearly, as principles coexisting simultaneously in eternity. (Ref: Jacob Boehme The Cross in the Heart of God by Don Godfroy pg. 3-15)
In short, God’s essense is seeking self-expression through the creating universe.
“YHWH: 10.5.6.5, Existence-Life-Copulation-Life, expresses in existence the two lives (that of the container or shell or physical support, and that of the contained germ or inner life) that fertilze each other. This double impregnation can only occur in Man and as long as it does not occur YHWH is immanent but unborn.”
Suares, The Cipher of Genesis
Thus YHWH becoming YHShWH is akin to going from pure potentionality (kabbalistically speaking Ain Soph) to actuality, so that divinity is manifested in physical existence, and God’s inmost desire for self-knowledge is fulfilled in the life of a human being.
“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30
Thanks for reading! Author: Miodrag V.