These days there are literally thousands of religions to choose from and somehow most people are of the mindset that you have to pick and stick with just one. A person might begin with much enthusiasm to study Buddhism for example. They might rush out and get a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and study the Chakras. They’ll meditate and buy other appropriate books and accessories. They’ll go to seminars and events if they can afford it to be spoon-fed “the way” and then they’ll learn how to talk the talk and what to wear should they choose to walk it. Some folks might even go all the way to an Ashram in India and hook up with a Guru. They might jump through every hoop in front of them seeking the divine from their Guru who will ultimately tell them that the divine is within. So they’ll have an “A-ha moment” and move on.
Next, they might hang that all up and decide to go Native American. So they’ll buy all the Native American spirituality books they can find. They’ll have their genealogy done and proudly proclaim they are one sixteenth Native American. They’ll attend pow wows and spend hours sweating in sweat lodges; they’ll travel to sacred places and sometimes join groups that promise enlightenment and even the title “Shaman” for an extra $200 when you attend the weekend seminar. Have your credit card ready. They might be given a name like Sleeping Bear or Laughing River. Finally, on their spirit walk or their vision quest, depending on what package they paid for, they’ll be told to realize that the divine is within them already and also within all living things. So they’ll move on to the next thing and the next and the next only to keep hearing the same thing,
“You didn’t need the feather to fly, you had it in you the whole time, Dumbo.”
The Mission of Bohemian Mysticism is to encourage people to construct their own Religion or rather Spiritual path. The idea is to see the construct in whatever theology resonates and build on it. What has been presented as a sample here of a self-created theology is more spiritual than religious at its core. Pagan and similar practices, basically resonance with nature, is a great sample as there are so many options to choose from. I’m not looking for members, I don’t want anyone to join, quite the opposite, I want people to UN-join. I don’t want to change the world, no one can do that alone. I do want people to wake up and see that it needs change. Change is the natural order of all living things. My practice has changed as I have. Bohemian Mysticism is a foundation, a construct for my own practice but I practice it differently than I did 20 years ago and very differently than I did 30 years ago.
There are no levels, no rings or circles or hoops to jump through, the idea is to start off knowing that the Divine is within and then learn from one another and teach one another. Actually living spiritually in a non spiritual world is often not an easy task. The reason why spiritual self-help is about a 60 billion dollar a year industry is that people are looking for answers, Bohemian Mysticism examines the questions without expecting answers. There are no universal answers and never will be, Bohemian Mysticism recognizes that.
“It’s the question that drives us.”
-Trinity to Neo in The Matrix
It’s easy to be a seeker, always looking around the next corner to the next thing, acquiring a head full of tedious facts that ultimately have little to do with living spiritually as that is largely innate. The purpose of this site is to provide a means of support and discussion regarding taking that next step, living it. Eventually, one gets to a point where more can be learned by application of the knowledge gained over time as a seeker. Knowledge is great, especially innate knowledge as it is even easier to apply. The goal is balance between seeking and the next step which is often ignored entirely, turning knowledge into wisdom through its application. Applying it not for glory or recognition or as a means to acquire documentation to prove your status to others. The real challenge isn’t to cram ones head full of facts, theories and speculation, that’s easy. The real challenge is to live sacredly in each moment, to be the message, to apply in the real world what you have learned. To be spiritual in a non-spiritual world, that is the challenge.
Wisdom and knowledge can best be understood together. Knowledge is learning, the power of the mind to understand and describe the universe. Wisdom is knowing how to apply knowledge and how not to apply it. Knowledge is knowing what to say; wisdom is knowing whether or not to say it. Knowledge gives answers; wisdom asks questions. Knowledge can be taught, wisdom grows from experience.”
Spirituality isn’t about status or money, shiny bobbles or any of that tripe. A truly spiritual person is spiritual all the time not just on Sundays or at annual functions or when the moon is in the right phase. You won’t get a badge or a sash or a piece of paper that proclaims to the world how spiritual you are since to a truly spiritual person those things mean absolutely nothing. Spirituality is a personal journey; ultimately you’re on your own. I’m not saying there isn’t much you can learn from others, in fact, it is an absolute necessity to learn from others, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy into their ranks and pay their fees or promise them your soul. Religion might require your credit card number, spirituality never does. Spirituality is not a thing that can be bought and paid for. It isn’t something you attain one day, it is ongoing, a path that takes many twists and turns, has many side roads and rest stops but keeps going on and on for those willing to grow through the traveling of it. Ultimately actions speak louder than certificates, badges, sashes and shiny bobbles. A spiritual person just is…
“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
― Charles Bukowski
Live Awake, Live Connected.