Great, in-depth article breaking all of these concepts down. I agree (and have tried to live my life) by the axiom that unless something hits my heart, or soul–anything besides my mind alone–is a Mystery. It’s a “Truth” that I have discovered through my own lived experience. I did my time in academia and conciously decided after I finished my Master’s degree that I wanted to experience the world rather than just read about it. At this point, pretty much anything that I haven’t experienced as Truth is really just a working theory.
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14. What role does mystery play in your tradition?
Well, first of all, what IS Mystery?
A lot of people equate Mystery with Secrecy, but I think it’s important to distinguish between them. Both are often oath bound, in order to either keep some kind of control, or to avoid spoilers for initiates who will have a stronger experience if they face the unknown than if they face the sort-of-known.
I tend to say that a Mystery is that which can only be understood – truly known – via direct experience. Lon says the difference between a Secret and a…
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