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The Path of the Mystic

Do you like categories? Do you enjoy taking psychological – personality-type tests? Are you ENFP? Where are you on the Enneagram?  On those types of tests, I usually come out in the center between two choices, and I have a very hard time with black and white answers. My world has more colors than that. I’m not big on such tests, but I had to take plenty of them in seminary.

Well, that said, on a lark I took a Spiritual Types Test from the Upper Room website, and my result was Mystic. I’ve posted a version of the result below.

You are a Mystic, known for your imaginative, intuitive spirituality. You value peace, harmony, and inner silence. Mystics are nurtured by walking alone in the woods or sitting quietly with a trusted friend. You may also enjoy poetry, meditation, wordless prayer, candles, art, books, and anything else that helps you connect with the Sacred.

Mystics experience the holy best through rich images and symbols. You are contemplative, introspective, intuitive, and focused on an inner world as real to you as the exterior one. Sensing the divine in life is more important to you than speaking to God. Others may attribute human characteristics to God, but you see God as ineffable, unnamable, and more vast than any known category. You are intrigued by this mystery.

Mystics want to inspire and persuade others, and need to live lives of significance. At times you push the envelope of spirituality, helping the rest of us imagine who we might become if we followed your lead.

Sometimes you may feel a bit guilty about your need for solitude and silence. If so, you probably have bought into the American myth that says being alone and doing nothing is lazy, antisocial, and unproductive. Stop it — now. Give yourself permission to retreat and be alone. It’s essential for your well-being.

On the other hand, don’t get so carried away retreating that you become a recluse. That only deprives the world of your gifts and deprives you of the lessons that come from being with others. Some Mystics may have a true vocation for solitary prayer, but the rest of you need to alternate retreat time with involvement and interaction.

Definitely! Retreat time alternated with action! The other types mentioned at the Spiritual Types site are The Lover, The Prophet, The Sage. I could discover parts of myself in each of the descriptions. Maybe you will, too. Have fun with it!

Comments on: "The Path of the Mystic" (6)

  1. Very interesting blog entry, Katharine. I would think that the Mystic would fit you perfectly! I, evidently am a Sage. The description did seem to fit pretty well. Thanks, that was fun! ~Sharon

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  2. Hi Sharon,

    I am from the caregiving group at Elderwomens Space. I took the test and I am a Sage. It makes me sound a bit unpersonal until the end. There it describes me best. “You often are the ones who feel a duty to serve, give, care, and share with the rest of us.”

    I look forward to following your blog.

    Huggles, Ann

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    • Hello, Ann,
      Thank you for your comment. I’ve discovered that Sages abound among my friends and loved ones!
      Yes, do visit again.
      Katharine (not Sharon)

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  3. Almost everyone has had a genuine mystical experience at some time or times in their life. although they may not recognize it as such. The feeling of being at one with all (around you, on Earth, in the Universe) is awesome and, for most people, unfathomable. Unfortunately, the leaders of many of the major religions would not recognize it as such unless framed in the terminology of their institution

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    • Thanks for your comment, Ron. You’re right – mysticism, though it’s a universal experience, is framed in various ways by different traditions. Wayne Teasdale’s book The Mystic Heart explores mystical spirituality in and across many religions, including what he calls “Natural Mysticism.” Near my home is a Sufi center – Sufism offers a rich tradition of love mysticism, as well as an interspiritual focus in celebration. Spiritual traditions are in conversation with each other; we live in interesting times.

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