Updated: Aug 4, 2020
While researching the UBG episodes on Mysticism, I stumbled upon this book called Empath to Mystic: The Art of Mastering Your Intuition and Fearlessly Being Yourself, by Aaran Solh, and although it didn't quite make its way into a full episode, I thought it was special enough to share it with you here, in a BONUS Bonus episode. Enjoy!
While researching the Unboxing God episode on Mysticism, I stumbled upon this book called Empath to Mystic: The Art of Mastering Your Intuition and Fearlessly Being Yourself, by Aaran Solh, and although it didn’t quite make its way into a full episode, I thought it was special enough to share it with you here, in a Bonus BONUS episode!
[0:56] Empath to Mystic: The Art of Mastering Your Intuition and Fearlessly Being Yourself by Aaran Solh
[1:27] As an Adult Child of an Alcoholic, one of my symptoms is intuition and reading other people
[3:23] This definition of “mystic” is relatable in how I work a 12-step program
[3:51] reading of the beginning of Empath to Mystic
[2:25] “Mystic: a person who has a spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect and who allows these truths to guide their actions” --Aaran Solh
[3:51] “When I was a child, I could sense what others around me were feeling and thinking. As I grew up as so many empaths and spiritually attuned children experience, I was gravely misunderstood. I did not fit in very well to school structures and felt awkward socially. I was constantly in trouble and always being picked on as the ‘odd one out’. As most empaths who grew up unrecognized and unsupported do, I shut down and checked out, functioning in the physical world but never truly feeling my emotions or experiencing life fully. As so many sensitive children end up these days, I became numb, anxious, and depressed. As a teenager, I found other kids to surround myself with who also didn’t fit in. We wanted to be left alone to drink and smoke away the pain and were constantly chastised and punished by parents, teachers, police, and the court system alike. But I was fortunate. As a teen, something out of the ordinary happened to me: I was exposed to mysticism and spirituality by people who weren’t trying to save me, change me, or use me. I was fortunate to find adult mentors who respected me for who I was, took me seriously, and treated me with respect. They saved me from a life of pain, shame, and fear. My soul had taken a refuge in the spirit world because living consciously on Earth had been too painful. One of my mentors even described me as having ‘feet firmly planted on the earth, head in the sky, and nothing connecting the two’. Many spiritual seekers, empaths, and sensitive people end up living this way. They fully function, taking care of others, going to and from work, but inside, they feel anxious, depressed, or numb. They’re aware of the energies and emotions around them but feel depleted by that ability, not knowing how to harness their strength or communicate to others what they see and feel. They may allow their natural ability to love and have compassion to be used by people who take advantage of them. It is an incredibly difficult way to live. It took some time but I learned to embrace my abilities as an empath on a journey of spiritual awakening. Over many years of studying with spiritual teachers, shamans, and mystics from around the world, I learned to process my emotions and to process my knowledge of the emotions of other people around me in a grounded, stable, loving, and connected way. I learned to allow the physical world to connect with the intuitive, the spiritual, and mystical one, and I invited them all to make a home together in my body. I learned to have boundaries and direct my skill intentionally so that it doesn’t randomly fluctuate. Because of that, I have been able to help hundreds of people as a grounded intuitive with solid, energetic boundaries, not only without getting overwhelmed but being very happy and joyful in my service, and always with the feeling that there is meaning in my life.” --taken from Empath to Mystic by Aaran Sohl
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