Wednesday, November 23, 2011

pagan art journaling {week 43}

This week's prompt: magic vs mysticism

Wow! 9 weeks to go. That's just crazy. I can't believe that the year has passed by so quickly. If I haven't said it lately, thank you all for joining me on the adventure. It's been lovely hearing all your feedback, comments, etc.

Ok, back to the topic at hand!

This is something I've been thinking about a lot over the past few months. In fact, I spent most of the summer contemplating this issue and on some levels it filtered into my posts here. For a long time I've debated whether I was more drawn to a mystical or magical path, and whether the 2 could intersect or were mutually exclusive. And, if they are intersecting, how can I realize that in my path.

I spent a lot of time wondering why I even needed magic, if it was necessary for me spiritually. And honestly, the answer for me is no, I don't need magic and magic isn't a primary part of my spirituality.

I am, in fact, much more drawn to the Hermit figure, yet realize that such a path is not feasible for me in the life I lead. It's too extreme and my renunciation of the world wouldn't make for a happy marriage! Go figure. My husband just isn't on board with living in a yurt in the forest, meditating and doing yoga. Or moving to India and becoming a pagan, yogi, Mother/Father Teresa. And, let's face it, while it appeals to me in theory, in practice I would probably go a bit stir crazy.

That said, how then does the path of magic enhance my spirituality?

The answer, after much angst and indecision was simple: magic is a part of my studies towards mysticism and towards the divine. Once I realized that, I started to have an inkling as to how the 2 could work together for me. And I realized that all of my woe and searching was ridiculous because, the 2 are in fact, so incredibly interconnected that ever seeing them as separate was a fool's mission (that's what I think, you can disagree... I'm ok with that).

But this brings me to you, because it's not just all about me... (most of the time, but not always!) What moments of realization have been profound in their simplicity? Do you find yourself ever questioning the use of magic or mysticism in your path? Is one more important than the other? Or does one element not feature into your path at all?


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