Fran Cruz

On THE THIRD EYE of Mysticism

The inner eye, or the third eye, is a metaphor for non-dualistic thinking; the oneness of mysticism. There are mystics in all religions, bridging all paths, including the arts and eco-spirituality. It is said, mystics employ the first eye (sensory input such as sight) and the second eye (the eye of reason, meditation, and reflection), "but they know not to confuse knowledge with depth, or mere correct information with the transformation of consciousness itself." The mystical gaze builds upon the first two eyes—and yet goes further.

In her classic study, "Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness," Evelyn Underhill wrote that "Mysticism is the science or art of the spiritual life."

Photos: Sacred Circles, or paths of Mystic Consciousness — (titles left to right):
(1) No Mud, No Lotus
(2) Go As A River
(3) Mystic Deity (Shiva), Third Eye
(4) Be Beautiful, Be Yourself
(5) Look Deeply

More Links at Wikipedia:
provides an excellent gateway to the mystic path, including Greek origins, Judaism, Christianity and diverse Oriental and Near Eastern traditions

Teresa of Avila
provides an introduction to one of the most profound writers on mysticism, the Spanish Renaissance mystic, St. Teresa of Avila (1525-1582)

Hildegard of Bingen
a marvelous mystic artist, sacred music composer and spiritual author is the Medieval German mystic Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Mystical Zen
Japanese Zen Buddhism is also considered a primary path of mysticism, both in Zen arts (ink brush painting and haiku, for instance) and in spirituality