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Religion, mysticism and psychology

Mystics do not distinguish between religion, mysticism and psychology in that they are all aspects of the mystical journey. Religion is the outer framework: it provides a set of guidelines and rules to make the journey easier. Psychology, in its real sense, is the study of the mind, and it is through levels on consciousness that the journey takes place. According to the ancient historian Plutarch, the admonition “Gnothi se auton” (“Know Thyself”) was inscribed on the Sun god Apollo’s Oracle of Delphi temple in ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks inherited their religious symbols and gods and goddesses from the Egyptians who were monotheists. ┬áTheir gods served a similar purpose to archetypes propounded by the psychologist Carl Jung. Before the days of television and soap operas, archetypes served the purpose of showing human traits in their stereotyped forms. The idea was that people would be able to observe these traits in themselves and gain insight into their own behaviour. The gods and goddesses were of an archetypal nature that went deeper into the soul of humanity than just behaviour patterns. Throughout the universe there are energy currents. These pulsate through our own bodies, through the Earth, the solar system and the galaxy. Understanding that energy in microcosm in our body helps us to understand the energies in the world. For example, some days have a very charged, positive energy. At these times we feel motivated and energetic. At other times the energy is heavy and we feel lethargic. Sometimes we feel emotional; at other times we may feel inspired to paint or write. Most people have a better relationship...