By Fr. Dr. Briggs Daminabo Sonny
A goal is something that you hope to achieve. This equates to an ambition, object of desire or aspiration. A mystic is a person who tries to unite with God or seeks union with the Creator in prayers and meditations, working assiduously to perfect self through applying God’s laws. In fact, a mystic is one who seeks direct communication with the Creator.
So what is the goal of the mystic? The goal is to learn to live in harmony with NATURE, HUMANITY and GOD.
Living in harmony with Nature includes how we relate with the Earth. We need to take care of the Earth so that the Earth will take care of us. We are not in harmony with the Earth if we do anything to increase carbon dioxide emissions, thereby causing global warming. This will inevitably lead to melting glaciers, rising sea levels and flash and dangerous floods. We are not living in harmony when we continue to flare gases and pollute our environment. The resultant effects are contamination of the air, soil, seas and mangrove forests, leading to the decimation of all aquatic species. Hence, we need to avoid environmental degradation, stop artisanal refineries, and conduct urgent remediation as soon as an accident occurs.
Living in harmony with Nature will also include how we interact with plants and animals. The love we express to our fellow humans should also be extended to plants and animals because we are all animated by the same Primordial Energy. One example of how to live in harmony with Nature is to plant a tree for every tree we cut down and avoid the indiscriminate burning of forests.
The goal of a mystic is also to learn to live in harmony with humanity. Harmonious living should start with ourselves. The body in which the Soul resides should be conducive to harmonious living. The type of food we eat, fluids or water we drink, the air we breathe and how we breathe, level of sleep and rest, exercise and positive thoughts and emotions all contribute to how successfully we relate with our fellow humans.
So the goal of a mystic is to eschew all forms of negative emotions and thoughts, such as hatred, anger, jealousy, and animosity.
The mystic, therefore, reminds themselves of the Rosicrucian Code of Life. So the goals of a mystic are numerous: selfless service to humanity and God, extending love to all creatures and being responsible, trustworthy, honest, truthful, industrious, compassionate, generous, and tolerant.
A mystic has no fear but should be prudent and sensible. However, a mystic is not a fanatic or a believer in superstitions and does not believe in dogmas. A mystic knows that change is constant and inevitable and does not have a fear of death. The mystic chooses their friends and acquaintances wisely, the types of TV programmes to watch, the websites to visit and the type of books to read.
To live in harmony with God entails numerous narratives. First, we must wage war against our weaknesses to purify ourselves worthy of reintegration with the Divine.
Thus, the mystic needs to develop character and latent innate powers by applying the lessons learnt from our Rosicrucian teachings. In so doing, we develop our Soul Personalities with the ultimate goal of seeking union with God.