Chinese mysticism is not a static thing, it`s a constantly changing flux of ideas, philosophies and spiritual powers. Whether we are speaking of the Yin Yang school of five elements and divination, or the astrological cues given to us by the Confucians, or even the magical practices of the Taoists "these ideas were historically, a constantly changing and developing practice. From the synthesis of Buddhist meditation with Confucian insight in the Neo-Confucian period, to the attempt to placate the West with comparisons to Plato and Kant in the New-Confucians of the last two hundred years, Chinese philosophy and its concomitant mystical practice have always been a dynamic art. In the West, there is also a mystical tradition. However, due to confusions over its place in religion, it has become a lost art, where only secret societies can truly enjoy their efficacy in shaping one`s life. Because the eccentric mystical practice the West has only secretly cultivated is so hidden, it is marginalized and diminished by the mainstream religions of the West. I make a bold conclusion here in my philosophical writings, I believe this to be the cause of many of the world problems we have today.
Contemporary western mysticism is rare, but also completely compatible with the East`s. Take for example the five elements in the Yin Yang school, there are earth, air, water, fire and metal. In the West our ancient alchemists believe there were four, earth, air, water, fire with the fifth being electricity. We all know that metal is the prime conductor of electricity. Divination from the I Ching, the book of changes is dependent on a randomization of text passages, based on hexagrams. In the West, Tarot cards serve a similar purpose and also are dependent on randomization. Predictions of one`s life choices and destiny, is a powerful theme in Chinese Zodiacal astrology. This runs parallel to the Western mystic`s associations of houses and planetary transits. Thus, the root mystical traditions of East and West both possess an alarming number of similarities.
There is a problem here. If there are so many similarities why then, is the East so misunderstood and vice versa. Rhetorical question: what did the religious authorities in the West do to mystics, astronomers and astrologers and even philosophers for so many hundreds of years?
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