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Mysticism, Sufism, Kabbala, Daoism, Shamanism, and You!

Mysticism is as familiar to our spirit as food is to our body. Mysticism feeds our soul.

~Kat Kanavos

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I? Why am I? And, why am I here?” These are mystical questions that have intrigued us since the beginning of time. How can we find the answers for which so many of us hunger?

Mysticism and Mystical expression have been a part of our life, health, and healing since the dawn of humanity. There is a hidden meaning in life called Mysticism.

Perhaps it began one cold night while gazing at stars and pondering, “Why am I here? Where did I come from?” Our transcendental thought became expression through sound as we danced around a warm fire.

We discovered answers to our soul’s origins by encouraging our mystical spirit to express.

During my Dreaming Healing Video Podcast on DreamVisions7 Radio Network, shared in a link below for your viewing pleasure, I asked St. Petersburg First Unity Revs. Jon Scott,  Serena Hemmer, Sandra Kitt, Carolyn Ballenger, and businessman/author Peter Canova to discuss their ideas and concepts of  Mysticism and how they will share that information at a unique Mystical Retreat, August 19th-21st on the First Unity Campus. I asked, “How can we tap into our mysticism?”

Their response was, “There are many ways to tap into your Mysticism.”

The guests gave examples of embracing mysticism such as participating in interactive expression growth through dream work, soul-writing, reconnecting through quantum spirituality, sound vibration, drumming, deep meditation, and forgiveness cleansing culminated by fire. In other words, send your written words to the higher realms by smoke from a fire.

The term mystic is derived from the Greek noun mystes, initially designated an initiate of a secret cult or mystery religion. Mysticism is still practiced and respected worldwide by many religions.

Sufism1 is Islamic mysticism or asceticism. Through belief and practice, sufism/mysticism helps Muslims attain nearness to Allah through direct personal experience.

Christian2 Mysticism is some form of contact with the divine or transcendent, often understood as involving a union with God. It is the practice of religious ecstasies, also known as spiritual experiences during alternate states of consciousness. This state of consciousness, combined with whatever ideologies, ethics, rites, myths, legends, and magic may be related to them, creates a Divine connection.

Mystical experiences can also be induced voluntarily3. Trance states can be brought about by many forms of concentrative meditation that fix attention monotonously, such as mantras, Buddhist samadhi (Sanskrit: “total self-collectedness”), Sufi dhikr (Arabic: “reminding oneself”), the Eastern Orthodox Jesus prayer (a mental invocation of the name of Jesus Christ), and staring at a crystal, a burning flame, or a drop of oil.

Whereas Hinduism and, in Islam, Sufism generally aim at unity with or absorption by the divine, Buddhism and the esoteric Jewish mysticism known as Kabbala are directed toward nothingness; Buddhism also emphasizes meditation as a means of moving toward enlightenment. Other mystical traditions can be found within Daoism and shamanism.

How prevalent are mystical experiences?

According to surveys, roughly one-third of the population of both the United States and the United Kingdom has had one or more spontaneous mystical experiences; almost all of these were reveries. Yes, indeed, we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and mysticism is as familiar to our spirit as food is to our body. Mysticism, no matter how we experience it,  feeds our soul.

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Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavoshttp://kathleenokeefekanavos.com/
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the award-winning author of Surviving Cancerland, and co-author of Dreams That Can Save Your Life. She’s a three-time cancer survivor, and co-publisher/editor of WEBE Books Publishing. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Dreaming Healing on DV7Radio/TV Network, Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCATALYST 360°, Dream Columnist in Positive Tribe Magazine, and Desert Health Magazine, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @USF, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. She is co-author to the inspiring books; Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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