They meet each other at the coffee machine on a conference. Quickly stirring the coffee as if the speed of the stirring is determinant of the tempo by which they need to understand each other.
‘What is your name and your profession?’
‘My name is Jacob. I am a mystic and I learn people to connect with their inner values, with nature, the planet and the unseen forces of reality.’
‘How interesting, then we have an overlap. My name is Simon and I am a therapist. I work with people who suffer from a burnout. I learn them to deal with stress, to set borders and to develop their personal mission in life. Nowadays we use esoteric techniques. Meditation works against stress and I use guided visualizations to spark off new insights,’ Simon tells enthusiastically, and takes a sip from his coffee.
Overlap and contrasts
Jacob smiles thoughtfully. ‘Nowadays there is a lot of interest of psychology for the esoteric. This may lead to interesting cross fertilizations, but the goals of therapy and the spiritual path are of a different nature.’
Simon put one hand in his pocket and with the other he upholds his coffee. ‘I think that this is relative. My praxis is sometimes visited by esoteric people. They have strange experiences, see things that are not really present, suffer from hypersensitivity. They talk about ‘kundalini, chakra’s and aura’s. As a therapist you bring people back to reality and do not go into their experiences.’
‘Your problems are caused by all-or- nothing thinking. It’s either that, or you don’t have any problems.’
Jacob bends his head while he pours some extra milk in his coffee and nods. ‘Therapy is excellent for people who are damaged along the way. The spiritual path is healing but has another goal. The fundamental question that lies at the base is the desire to see through the interconnectedness of things, to connect the seen and the unseen reality.’
Simon turns his head aside and raises his eyebrows:
‘People I meet in my praxis who practice spirituality are unstable.’
Jacob nods and answers; ‘You will never meet the balanced mystics in your praxis. They solve their blockages differently, they regard them as a necessary part of their personal development. The spiritual path assumes some premises that the therapy room views with raised eyebrows. For example; “There is an unseen world of consciousness, which you can experience when you raise your sensitivity.”’
‘When the mystic joyfully claims to have contacted the angels, the therapist thinks that these are hallucinations. When the spiritual practitioner claims to be hypersensitive, the therapist wants to help him to get rid of this, but the mystic practices to enhance this hypersensitivity.’
‘Words like kundalini, chakra and aura are not used by everyone in a correct way, but they are part of a theoretical model to describe the hypersensitive experience and to deepen it. They are part of an exquisite intelligent and complex philosophical system that goes back into the history of humanity, and that has its transition in all great world cultures. It has formed human consciousness and brought cultures to great heights.’
A sound indicates that the break is over. Enwrapped in thoughts both walk back to the main room. ‘Can I have your card?’ Simon asks. ‘I am curious, I want to know more about this.’
‘I have a better idea,’ Jacob answers. ‘Take a look at the Solo Magical Training, and maybe you want to experience how healing the mysteries really are.