The word for today is presence. Presence is a word that is difficult to define in relation to the internal awareness of a mystic. The force of presence is recognized by others in the external world. It is another principle of spiritual awareness.
Presence is recognized by others when they are in the company of someone who has it. People externally experience the internal awareness of the mystic as a deep sense of knowing. The reality of what they experience is the presence of the fie ld of unfettered love and compassion in the mystic.
Mystics can draw Divine power from the internal awareness they cultivate. The power comes not from the individual but from the Divine Spirit that works through the mystic. It is confirmation to the mystic that the Divine Spirit is totally possessing him or her. When a mystic is a clear space, there is only room for presence. Both presence and Divine Spirit work together to produce Divine power. This Divine power is what a person experiences in the external world. It is a force that sits on top of the Divine mystery.
The notion of presence is found in many traditions where the Divine spirit is operating through persons who are mystics. They are called by various names: Shamans, Medicine Men and Women, people filled with the Holy Spirit, Yogis, Avatars, Saviors, and Prophets as well as other names.
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.