Mystic

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 God.

 

The mystical tradition produces people who are imaginative, intuitive, and sensitive. Your ultimate goal is complete union with God, which you can experience in the artistic, spiritual, and physical realms. For a mystic, the symbolic dream world or the inner emotional world is as real as the outer physical world. You tend to be gentle, humble, visionary, and unambitious.

 

Mystics experience God best through rich images and symbols. You are contemplative, introspective, intuitive, and focused on an inner world which is as real to you as the exterior one. Hearing from God 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 God's mystery.

 

Mystics want to inspire and persuade others 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.

 

As a mystic, you need quiet contemplation, time to be in nature, and grounding in a community that values your gifts. John might be your favorite gospel for its use of symbol and metaphor. You might enjoy studying the meaning of dreams, practicing centering prayer, worshipping in the Taize tradition, or reading about the life stories of other mystics. In order to balance your mystical side, it might help to do some hands-on volunteer work or engage in a small group.

 

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.

 

Famous Mystics:

 

Thomas Merton | Joseph the dreamer | John (the Gospel writer) 
Brother Lawrence (Practicing the Presence of God
Desert mothers and fathers | Saint Francis 
Rumi | Pablo Picasso | Julian of Norwich

Luke | Anthony de Mello | The Who

Learn about other types: Sage | Prophet | Lover | Mystic