THE “MYSTICAL” IN AFRICAN TRADITION
In African Tradition, “Mystical” means intricacies of what defies fundamental thoughts and understandings of inner Truths lying hidden within the core of Knowledge concerning foundational Realities. Ancient Africans were aware that Spiritual Mystical Power is ultimately from God. But in practice it is inherent in, or comes from, or comes through, physical objects and Spiritual Beings. By God designing Cosmic Mystical Elements to orchestrate all spiritually related creatures and creations implied the necessity for Africans to harmonize with Nature’s Rhythms. The earliest formalized Mystical search to uncover these Mysteries was by Very Ancient Africans in c20,000 BC. They intensively focused on the Mysterious things about God; the things belonging to God; and the things revealed by God to humans. African philosophy says knowing the Mystical is to intellectually understand the process of existence, the reason for life, and the means to master aspects of the maze of life through Intuitional Wisdom. Ancient Egyptians Mystical Philosophy said there is an all encompassing “force” –Sekhem–that binds the universe together (called Prana in India and Ch’I by the Chinese)—a force able to be controlled by mental discipline. Making up 99% of the Universe, modern science calls this the “Dark Matter.” This means that not only is the world one interrelated mass but it is part of the greater mass called the “Universe” (Ashby, Egyptian Yoga p45). To be aware of this and how it relates to ones life—and by living ones life according to this Ma’at Principle, understanding leads one to discover and realize the deeper truth behind ones own Being. Such is a Mystical Experience—the true African practice of Religion (Ashby, Book of Dead p21). The end of that journey is the Mystical experience in the Afterlife of being absorbed into God. As a result of this research, one of an earlier-known discovery concerned the mystery of biological Death and Regeneration.
Mystical Dying, Regenerating, and Rebirth are foundational practices of African Tradition since, with death of ones mortal Soul, an immortal and eternal “Controlling Center” emerges. The Egyptian Mystery System first elaborated on this in c12,000 BC. The “Mystery” part implied a secret religious involvement whereby one sheds ignorance and replaces it with “Wisdom”–i.e. being able to intuit and apply the will of God to ones activities of daily living. In other words, the Mysteries of Ancient Africans Spirituality concerns its Mystical ways of achieving Personal Freedom (act fully). Its most important objective is the deification of humans and teaching that the Soul of humans, if freed from bodily fetters, would enable them to be God-like; see the Gods in this life; obtain the beatific vision; and hold communion with the Immortals. Ancient Africans who strove to reach the heaven Afterlife knew they had to go beyond the boundaries of their minds and cross over into the Immaterial world to have a Mystical experience. This stepping across, or above, the limitations of the human mind expanded conditions inside ones Consciousness to thereby go above and beyond ones Selfhood and transform ones mindset.
The journey to the heaven Afterlife begins by following “The Way” course of the Benu Bird—and proceeding through three stages. First is undergoing a Mystical Death of ones False Self. Second is purification (Regenerating) during Resurrection so as to undergo a Spiritual Transformation. Here one recognizes the Dignity (God’s image) within all Beings and has Compassion for their pain and suffering, even if what they do is detested–since they are one of God’s creatures to which all are spiritually related. Third is emerging into a Rebirth that allows one to go forward with inner strength, inner Peace, and clarity in destination. One now knows what Unconditional Love really is and how to spread it in order to do the most good—for the most people—over the longest period of time. The maturing process following Rebirth requires learning what destruction was done to change the African Ma’at way of life; finding how to get back on the right path; and engaging in works that move forward both oneself as well as others. Such harmonious balance constitutes the Inner Self Stability Platform from which all choices, decisions, creations, and solutions spring forth. For Ancient Africans, the reason for striving to achieve a Spiritual Mystical Experience was for its effects—i.e. the acquiring of Private- Self Safety, Security, Sureness, Stability, and Strength. These “5Ss” constitute Life’s platform for evolving into a state of serenity or profound Peace—ones pre-birth state called Hetep. jabaileymd.comv