Mystic Journey: Getting To The Heart Of Your Soul’s Story by Robert Atkinson is an excellent book which describes the transition from the physical world to the temporal dimension in the afterlife. The very role of the mystic is to return to our being in unity with God. This transition has been described as the absolute spirit or unity with the Creator.
There are common theological and philosophical concepts between Mystic Journey and Tracking My Soul by William H. Odekirk although Atkinson’s work has more analysis on the soul and the transition from the point of death to the afterlife itself.
In Tracking My Soul: A Philosophical Biography by William H. Odekirk, the author indicates that a soul matures when the body and soul become one in an enlightened state. This concept of the soul is very much like the unity envisioned by Atkinson.
According to Atkinson, mysticism has five transitional states to reach unity. The process begins with the great awakening which transports us into the spiritual realm. This process leads to the purification or purging of material things and false desires. The third state is illumination into creative expression. The fourth state is the dark night of the soul which leads to final illumination or the ultimate light.
Atkinson teaches that opposition is a necessary condition for a transition to change. Life itself is a constant struggle between darkness and light or pain and pleasure. The very nature of transformation is destruction and construction, as well as disintegration and integration.
Atkinson describes three steps to practical soul making. The first step is remembering who we are. This step leads to revisioning our life as it exists in a timeless pattern leading to reclaiming our spiritual heritage. Odekirk describes a spiritual incarnation into another persona with compassion, humility, sharing and responsibility.
Atkinson describes the essential dialectic of life which is to resolve the flow of opposites into a oneness of being. Thus, the goal of our common spiritual background is to achieve unity through the duality of reconciling opposites.
Odekirk teaches that the soul must be accountable for every act and action during life. And so, enlightenment is the highest state a mystic can reach through great contemplation-sometimes for years. Jesus, Buddha, and the greatest mystics all practiced isolation in order to become enlightened.
Mystic Journey is an important work on the temporal steps to achieve oneness through a continuous struggle on earth until each of us sheds the negations of material excesses in favor of unity with a higher Supreme Being. The book is written well. In addition, the author poses classic existential questions at the heart of religion and philosophy today. Odekirk also teaches unity through contemplation and an enlightenment of the human spirit.Powered by Sidelines