Theme of the morning walk was to amplify the word discipline. A Discipline, as defined by the dictionary, has a number of meanings. ~ One definition is “training to develop moral character or a mental discipline”.
For the expansion of spiritual awareness, discipline is a method or methods used by the seeker to increase mental focus in order to clear the mental field. “Clearing the mental field” means to put the mind in a state of emptiness. As the mind empties, the power of concentration increases and spiritual awareness of the silence deepens. Spiritual discipline can come in many different forms. There is no one form better than another.
Spiritual discipline is, in many ways, part of the culture from which various religions develop. All religions have developed various spiritual disciplines to deepen one’s connection to the Divine mysteries.
It is through the power of Divine mystery that the mystic begins the journey. For many mystics, it is not so much a matter of choice as it is a demand made from the experiences the mystic is given.
Throughout the history of all great religions there have been mystics. The manner in which their mysticism manifests is in part affected by the discipline they choose to practice. Their goal is to be a clear vessel immersed into the Oneness. The journey, then, is to become a vessel, a vessel emptied of self. What replaces self is Divine love and a deeper walk and communication with the one Great Spirit that is called by many names and worshipped by many different cultures. One does not have to be religious to be a mystic, only spiritual.
From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan. © Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.