There’s a big difference between thinking about a sunset and experiencing a sunset.
Thinking about a sunset is something we do with our minds. We share intellectual facts and information to learn that the daily disappearance of the sun is the result of the earth’s rotation. We discover that the brilliant colors we see are caused by atmospheric refraction, which distorts the path of light rays from the setting sun.
But, experiencing a sunset is different.
In that moment when the sun dips its last brilliant ray into the summer lake, a sense of awe rises up within us. A gasp. A wonder. We’re charmed by its mystery. We connect with life directly, authentically, through our senses.
We experience connection, synergy, a reciprocal bonding—between the sun, nature, and ourselves. We find a link, a sweet spot between our senses and our Soul.
As we experience a sunset, whether we realize it or not, we become a mystic.
A mystic is a common ordinary person who connects with God through direct experience.
Mystics are comfortable with the fact that many of life’s simple events, like the nightly setting of the sun, have a divine meaning that transcends human understanding, meanings that are beyond ordinary understanding because they point to an infinitely creative God.
Mystics find once-in-a lifetime experiences in common ordinary events through a deeper sense of awareness, as they look at life with the keen eyes of their heart.
They know mystical experiences are those that are so amazing yet often so simple they’re difficult to put into words.
Mystics know that the only way to truly understand God is to experience God first hand.
They know that the desire to find God in them and in all of creation is a natural desire common to all of us, and so they spend simple moments each day capturing the Quiet so that they might connect with their Soul.
Mystics aren’t concerned so much with intellectual knowledge about God, rather they want to touch and feel God in their Soul, on the inside through simple every day moments.
Mystics believe that God exists not because they can prove it, but rather because they’ve experienced God—beyond words—beyond description. Being. Knowing. Oneing.
A mystic’s path is one of on-going transformation, constantly evolving, unfolding, and drawing one deeper to their core, toward their inner being. There’s a synergy that reaches in and through them touching their Soul.
Whatever we call that interior place of connection with God—Deep calling to Deep, Quiet Whisper, Holy Spirit, Inner Compass, Gentle Flow— its beaconing freedom is real. It exists. It is as simple and as profound as the awe that rises up within us spontaneously as we stand staring at the setting sun.
We may never fully name or describe our personal experiences of God, but when we sense God’s presence with a knowing beyond words or definition, we know God has touched us, brushed us with God’s love. And in those quiet moments we are a mystic.
Think back to the most recent sunset you truly experienced.
Could it be at that moment and now, you are a mystic—one who seeks the direct experience of God?