The Subconscious Assumption

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March 4, 2017 10:55 AM

A few moments ago I finished the core outline for The Mystic. This outline consists of the key points to be discussed and the way they fit into the story line.

I often gather my ideas by going for a long walk, focusing my mind on the Moment (sort of a walking mindfulness meditation), and waiting for the inevitable inspiration.

One of the “villains” of the story is the Scholar. The Scholar uses logic—logic based on unexamined assumptions—to manipulate his followers.

The Scholar would say the inspiration for the ideas of the story came from my subconscious.

The Mystic would say they came from the Divine.

The Scholar’s theory is just as mysterious and unexplainable as the Mystics. No on knows what the subconscious really is or how it works. It’s just a theory. No one has ever seen a subconscious.

The same could be said of the Mystic’s theory.

The Scholar gives the mysterious thing a name—subconscious—and assumes it is real.

The Mystic does the same thing.

The only difference is the Mystic doesn’t state it as if he understands it. He doesn’t assume he understands the Divine. Indeed, the Mystic knows he doesn’t understand the Divine.

To understand the Divine—to know the Divine’s will—is the tool of another villain in the story. It is the tool of the Priest. The tool he uses to manipulate his followers.

(Note: These are uber-early plot lines and are subject to change. Please don’t hold me to them.)

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8 thoughts on “The Subconscious Assumption

  1. Inclusive awareness, collective enlightenment beyond the personal bubble:

    Perhaps you can include some elements from this video, your story is very relatable. Is the priest really a villain? He is teaching from a fixed perspective, a system, a dogma, doctrine, organized and therefore dead. Is there room for a living teaching, which can accommodate a wider perspective at any given moment?

    Is the divine only good, the “protagonist” perspective only?
    Can the divine be the villain, and the villain divine? The scholar, the mystic, the priest – from YOUR perspective are they same or different, or just part of the whole?
    The greater aspect of your story is the evolution of one’s (individual) to everyone’s (collective) journey from the unconscious to consciousness and everything in between.

    Just a few working ideas for you to bring to life. 🙂

  2. Another difference between the scholar and the mystic is that the scholar believes while the mystic experiences.

    Buddhists tend to stress the experience a bit more than some others and I like that.

    Christians (after killing off the Gnostics) elevated the act of believing the right thing, to the highest status and the sole thing necessary to come to God.

    The Gnostics, said that without experience of the divine, belief, however correct, was a hollow thing.

    I’ve also noticed that the mystics of any tradition can talk to and understand and appreciate each other while the believers spend a great deal of time condemning the incorrect beliefs of others while extolling their own.

  3. Just one more bit. The same practice can be something quite different depending on how you approach it.

    The Eucharist, the mass (basically the eating of God in the form of bread and wine) which stems from the earliest Christians, is seen by the Romans Catholics and I believe by the Orthodox as obligatory in order to get into heaven and avoid suffering God’s wrath. And of course they have a good deal of theology and dogma to back up their positions.

    Whereas Gnostic Christians, such as the Valentinians, also practiced the Eucharist but as a means to create and deepen mystical experience. This isn’t meant to denigrate any traditional religion as certainly there are many in every tradition and those with none, who do manage to enter deeply into the mystery some refer to as God. But there is a big difference between believing in the divine, redemption, enlightenment, liberation, and experiencing it.

    • Wow Jack. I think you too should write a book (along with Maddie). Historical fiction perhaps? The Mystic is just going to be uber simple and approachable. Nothing too deep but, hopefully, still life altering.

  4. Thanks Wayne.

    BTW I’m going through Mystical Oneness and am at reincarnation. And congratulations, it’s not easy to write about these things, especially to say anything new or even differently, much less make it accessible. But this book does all those things. I love your personal stories which which give more meaty examples of your system. And I am impressed that you give such cogent proof of the soul which both the materialists and many of the non-dualists would consider to be a superstition.

    The spiritual arena is rife with extremists brandishing their narrow pointed swords of the one truth but you bring wholeness as well as clarity. And as far as I am concerned, we aren’t teaching with compassion unless we can recognize and even love the messy, unbounded and uncontainable nature of things: what Alan Watts called the wiggly world.

    Thanks again.

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