Wouldn’t You Like To...
Calm your nerves
Develop peace of mind
Come into wholeness
Live with greater clarity?
You can. Simply apply one of the mystic’s greatest treasures — The Mystic Gaze.
Have you noticed already that mysticism is a more satisfying and interesting way to live? When you raise your level of awareness, you find so much more in your daily life to appreciate and think about. Your senses come alive.
You notice many aspects of earth and sky you’ve habitually ignored. You see Nature is dancing. Also, you recognize, for the first time, so many acts of tenderness and kinship among the people you meet with everyday. You see loved ones and colleagues anew. The routines of life become more fun and worthwhile. You notice it’s greatly satisfying just to be alive. You look forward to learning more about life.
This time we are focusing on the questions:
“Become adept at the Mystic Gaze” is a marvelous answer. And you will receive this technique in a few minutes. But, before you learn the Gaze, here are some extremely important general pointers.
How To Awaken Mystically
The Greatest Wealth
There is no wealth but life.
—John Ruskin, UNTO THIS LAST (1862)
The Acme of Life
It is the acme of life to understand life.
—George Santayana, LITTLE ESSAYS (1920)
The Mystic Gaze
The Mystic Gaze is designed to raise your level of awareness from its ongoing, habitual flow of thoughts and feelings into a realization of clarity and unity. Allow this technique to be a pleasant, even happy, period in your day. Do the Gaze ten to fifteen minutes daily and you will enjoy many benefits. Not only will the Gaze give you mental/emotional centering and renewal, but your mind and emotions will become your allies all day long, giving you richer, more fulfilling experiences of life in general. The Gaze also develops your mystical faculties which in time will give you spiritual awakening.
Let me first mention two important cautions:
First Caution: Please note that all these teachings and techniques are designed for people who are mentally/emotionally healthy and stable. If you are suffering from mental/emotional illness, these Mysteries may be helpful to you but it is important that you first seek the advice and ongoing directions of your doctor or therapist regarding your study of the Mysteries.
Second Caution: Remember, never strain in any mystical technique. Tension blocks success. So, regarding the Mystic Gaze, sit comfortably throughout the practice and don’t stare. You’re gazing, not staring.
In order to do the following technique, you’ll need “gazing room” — at least 20 to 25 feet. You can practice the Gaze indoors by looking out a window or across a large room. It’s also enjoyable to practice the Gaze outdoors if you won’t be disturbed by others.
Stretch First and Sit Comfortably
Further, in preparation, you’ll be sitting fairly still for 10 to 15 minutes so it’s quite helpful to first stand and stretch your body before doing the Gaze. Simply raise your arms and reach your fingertips toward the ceiling (or sky) as you stand on your tiptoes. Then sit down and relax. Sit comfortably with both feet on the floor and arms at your sides or relaxed on the chair arms.
Close your eyes for about half a minute and relax. Now open your eyes and gaze off into space — at no particular point and at least 20 feet before you. Now, without raising your head or tilting your neck upward, let the angle of your gaze lift upward in space to a comfortable degree.
For most mystics, an angle of 20 to 30 degrees above the horizontal is preferred. Feel free to blink your eyelids when you like, but as you become more serene, you won’t blink much at all.
This calm, elevated gaze into space 20 feet or more before you is the Mystic Gaze. Maintain and enjoy it for 10 to 15 minutes.
What do you look at? Space. Instead of paying attention to a tree or a painting on the wall, look at space with your gently uplifted gaze.
What do you think about? Observe and appreciate space. You are giving your mind leave not to think of its normal parade of physical objects and inner images.
What should you be feeling emotionally during the Gaze? Feel whatever you like at first, but let the feeling nature lift; let it become free and clear as you maintain the Gaze. As your eyes relax and your mind becomes less busy, your feeling nature will, in all likelihood, grow peaceful and happy.
Goal of the Practice
The goal is to be attentive and aware. Become as fully conscious of space as you comfortably can. Don’t seek to think of nothing, nor to make your mind blank. Simply enjoy the Gaze and the beauty of space. Most likely you’ll get the knack and pleasure of the Gaze within a week.
The Mystic Gaze calms the nervous system, the mind and the emotions. It helps the mind to rise above old habits and patterns of thought. An intuitive sense of unity and harmony gradually fills your awareness. The mind becomes more and more clear — and at peace.
Be patient. It takes most students several weeks to establish the Mystic Gaze and experience the clarity of mind and the unity of life.
Isn’t it marvelous? We can rise above normal mental/emotional turbulence with a simple gaze.
The Mystic Gaze, when established, is one of a mystic’s greatest treasures, especially helpful in times of difficulty and stress.
To Conclude Your Gaze Practice
To conclude the Gaze and not seem too serene to your loved ones and colleagues all day long, “gear down.” Maintain the wonderful sense of unity and clarity you’ve gained, but close your eyes, relax them, and then direct your eyes to quickly dance from one nearby object to another and another. Then go about your day. Your eye movements will seem normal to others. As to your increasing patience, clarity, and happiness, that will be a mystery to them.
The Mystic in the World
Refresh your mind and emotions whenever you wish with the help of the Mystic Gaze. The Gaze is especially helpful in times of challenge or trouble. With the Gaze you can begin to sense your spiritual resources — the higher wisdom, love, and strength within you. But mainly, with the Gaze, enjoy the developing sense of clarity, coordination, and attunement with life in all you do.
I look at Things
I don’t see Substance
A Great Mind
A great mind is one that can forget or look beyond itself.
—William Hazlitt, COMMONPLACES, The Round Table (1817)
My soul bows to your soul. Now that you’ve learned the Mystic Gaze, how does the world look to you?
May you, with your gaze, behold a beautiful life for yourself and your loved ones. May you see the way to a better world and life experience for all of us.
Our Key Points of the second Mystery are short and sweet.
How can a person wake up mystically?
Let’s briefly review Mystic Gaze meditation:
As you now know, sit calmly and relax your eyes. Then gaze out in front of you twenty feet or more. Gently raise the level of your eyes 20 to 30 degrees (whatever angle you find most comfortable) and gaze into space. Gaze, don’t stare or strain your eyes in any way. This is an excellent way to meditate, to center your mind and heart.
When you have meditated awhile, your mind becomes clearer and more peaceful. Your emotions grow content, at least to a considerable degree. Your mind and heart become more integrated, more at one. Mystics call this state wholeness.
The purpose of our contemplation this month is to maintain the newfound state of wholeness we’re beginning to experience in Mystic Gaze meditation. Why not live with greater clarity, mental-emotional harmony, and a sense of unity for hours and hours each day?
When you conclude Mystic Gaze meditation, remain fully aware of your state of mental-emotional well being as you slowly lower your gaze and sit still.
Then, continue to be fully conscious of the clarity, harmony, and wholeness as you look around you. If you lose your state of mental-emotional wholeness, go back into meditation briefly, center again by means of the Gaze meditation and come back down again. When you can maintain your state of wellness and wholeness as you look around your environment, get up and walk around while maintaining the centered state.
Of course, if you lose your mystic equilibrium — and you likely will, many times — simply sit back down and meditate with the Mystic Gaze until mind and heart once again come into wholeness. Then lower your gaze and try this “moving around” contemplation again.
Take awareness walks. Walk around your neighborhood or a park in a clear, peaceful state.
Take awareness breaks in the middle of hectic days.
But, if you’re with other people, do practice coming down and moving your eyes around (while, of course, enjoying great well being and wholeness) or you’ll look like a sleepwalker — perhaps a zombie. Retain the equilibrium, not the far-off gaze.
Meditate. Contemplate. Then wander the world and enjoy the beauty everywhere!
Now I can see
Any questions? Please share them.
Yes, of course. Never strain or allow discomfort to enter the Gaze practice, or any mystical technique. Discomfort and strain are counterproductive and prevent you from receiving good results.
Feel free to blink whenever you please, but try to keep them open for at least five minutes or so in order to develop the Mystic Gaze itself and realize its worthwhile benefits. Then, if after five minutes of the Gaze you wish to close your eyes and enjoy the inner peace and clarity, feel free to do so. But do try to develop the Gaze. It will serve you well the rest of your life.
After developing the upward Mystic Gaze many mystics go on to practice a downward gaze as a form of contemplation and soul-searching. However, it’s important to first develop the upward Mystic Gaze for six months or so. The downward gaze often stimulates too many subconscious thoughts and negative moods.
Yes, you will. But please go and tell an eye doctor about your problem if you haven’t already. Your eyes may need attention.
First develop the Mystic Gaze with eyes open — for at least five minutes or so. Then feel free to close your eyes and mentally maintain the flow of awareness from your forehead outward and slightly upward into space. You are making progress.
This classic technique is one of the mystic’s greatest treasures.
It is designed to stimulate your mystical faculties and begin the process of spiritual awakening.
With the Mystic Gaze enjoy the developing sense of clarity, coordination, and attunement with life in all you do.
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