A mystic is someone who believes that human beings are designed to have a direct connection with God (please insert whatever word makes sense for you here). They believe that no religious institution, leader or teacher can be the shepherd or go-between between you and your spiritual connection.
This may sound very religious but it really isn’t. My thoughts are that it is actually very practical and simply part of what it is to be human.
In the West, we tend to be more physically based. We focus on our physical lives, our medicine is based on the physical processes that they can touch and see. In the East, there is more of an energy focus. Spiritual growth is important and the health of the person is seen as an energetic system.
One of my all-time heroes was Albert Einstein and his famous equation: e=mc(squared) brings these two worlds together beautifully: energy = matter times the speed of light squared. Matter and energy are interchangeable when multiplied by the speed of light (we can use our imagination to ponder what that might be).
And so, a mystic lives her/his life with the goal of perpetually blending these two worlds.
Although I have always studied the great religions, it was always the mystics (those who desired a direct connection with God) of each religion that fascinated me the most. It was Thomas Merton, Rumi, Gandhi, Meister Eckhart, and so many more who really spoke to something I knew deep inside of me.
Although my professional career began as a mathematician/computer programmer, my life ended up taking a very different course. In 1993, I married a dairy farmer, had babies, and lived a very “grounded” existence for the next 20 years – many, many opportunities to apply my spiritual perspective to real day-to-day work and life. In 1999, I had a health crisis and met my first true teacher “Jim”. Through my journey with him (that ended in a miraculous healing), this mystical way of living became very real. His greatest advice to me was that I had to fully connect with my spiritual side. It could not longer just be a theory. I had to live it every day. And luckily, the fear of dying was enough to break through my logical walls. (You can read my whole story and journey with my teacher in my first book What If You Could Skip the Cancer?).
Since then, my life has been a series of incredible experiences – owning a dance studio, renovating a train station into a wellness centre, teaching kundalini yoga and meditation, dancing in many shows (ballroom, latin, bellydance, etc), and then being called to understand, experience and teach the world of tantra. My second book, Tantric Intimacy: Discover the Magic of True Connection was released in August 2017.
In November of 2018, I felt the call to give all of my possessions away, pack a backpack and head out into the world, listening for the next step all along the way.
Since then, my travels have taken me to Ireland, Scotland, Malta, Portugal, Italy, the United States, Bahamas, and a short return visit to Canada. As I write this, I am in Sicily with my next stop being Greece.
I would love for you to share my journeys with me. I believe that when we all access our spiritual and intuitive abilities, this is when our lives truly become interesting because we are accessing all of who we truly are.
This is why although my online courses have different topics, their foundation is all in fully living in this blended spiritual/physical way. It is like that old saying that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is the same here. We can be just physical. We can be just spiritual. But when we put them together and they play together, this is when really amazing things start to happen.
See you soon,