The Mystic Path

David Price
3 min readOct 25, 2021
Brian Kershisnik

“Two exercises are especially prescribed by the adepts of the mystic path. The first consists in observing with great attention the workings of the mind without attempting to stop it. Seated in a quiet place, the disciple refrains as much as he can from consciously pointing his thoughts in a definite direction. He marks the spontaneous arising of ideas, memories, desires, etc., and considers how, superseded by new ones, they sink into the dark recesses of the mind. He watches also the subjective image which, apparently unconnected with any thoughts or sensations, appears while his eyes are closed: men, animals, landscapes, moving crowds, etc.

— Alexandra David-Néel

Jung said you can cure a patient if you can make him creative. In other words, if what is destroying him from within can be brought forth in writing or painting or some other form, then he can be cured.

— Marie Louise Von Franz

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“I have lived for a long time, and I have seen so many things and met so many people, and I have yet to see where cruelty is justified. There is simply no place for it, and I find it unforgivable. Honesty can heal and clarify and elevate, and we all must learn how to share it without pain, and there can not be a trace of cruelty in it. No one on the planet is alien to you, or should be. Everyone is a mirror of you, their lives a lesson. There can be no cruelty.”

— Marian Seldes

We are citizens of an unknown continent. Our minds, our mental landscape is largely unconsciously lived. We don’t know what’s there and don’t want to know. To look at it without trying to shape and control it is considered impossible, if not downright morbid. Yet it’s the major player in our lives. It creates constantly. We’re inducted into the group-mind of the culture we’re born into, unbeknownst to us. We pick up cultural assumptions and the unquestioned logic of how we can and can’t live our lives by osmosis almost before we can speak.

By the time we reach adulthood we have incorporated our culture. If there’s a cruelty at the foundation of our particular culture we will consider it normal. We will accept and perpetuate it. We’ll sell it to ourselves as human nature or God’s Law. Only the renegades will dare deviate from the norm, from the worst to the…

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.