In search of the Mystic – Phantoms?

The Mystic are part, they say, of a long line of mystic warriors that have gone before them. Their wisdom is ancient and they believe themselves to be stewards of it — as if something precious had been handed down to them. Their responsibility as stewards, interestingly enough, is to give this treasure away. And, reportedly, the more the give it away the more of it they seem to have.

Don’t ask me to explain it. I’m just telling it the story the way it was told me. You decide whether or not we should follow the clues until we finally discover the indubitable truth of it or not.

OK, back to the mystic…The way they talk about themselves and their mission reminds me somewhat of my favorite comic book figure growing up: the ghost who walks, i.e. The Phantom.

As you know, the indigenous people believed that the Phantom was immortal. In fact, he wasn’t. But the role and responsibilities of the Phantom were handed down from father to son. Since the passing of each generation of Phantom was a guarded secret, with no one knowing their burial place, the sons were able to don the purple tights and hood, black mask, and ride a white stallion, and no one would be the wiser that the old phantom had died and been replaced by the next generation of super hero.

Rumor has it that some of the mystic never die, and that others die and live and die and live again.

At first, I thought this interesting and kind of comic, but the more I thought I about it, the more I began to suspect that this business of living and dying again sounded a lot like the teachings of an ancient mystic that lived in the near east in the first century.

Could this urban legend be some real off-shoot of a Christ following movement? I wondered.

I don’t know. And sure enough, the more I research and follow up on the clues left me, the more I don’t know, but I suspect some immense discovery may be lurking around the corner.

Well, I’ll just keep tracking the mystic as closely as I can and telling the story. Until I find a warrior or a guide to verify all of this, you’ll just have to decide whether it rings true or not. More later.

into the mystic…

Alex McManus


19 responses to “In search of the Mystic – Phantoms?”

  1. It rings. Whether true or not… I don’t know yet either. But I hear the sound. Their sound. It’s distant though. So distant that I can’t tell if it’s far away in space or far away in time or deep somewhere inside my head.

    I am on my own search that perhaps parallels yours, Alex. I think there is evidence that they once were… but sometimes I despair that they may be no more. Worse: That I will finally find one outside me but not one within me.

  2. Alex – the nation is gathering in Minneapolis – just a sense I have…. more to come in the weeks ahead.

  3. Joe, Thanks for the clue. I’ll stick it on my wall along with my other clues.

  4. Alex, Joe was right about something happening in the Twin Cities. I feel this… it is no doubt happening elsewhere as well. I have been working on an idea called Fight Club church. It is the mentality, behind the movie, not necessarily the values, but I see it as something that can happen. I don’t know if you have seen this movie, but to watch it thinking, “What if church was this inentional, this contagious?” is insanely profound. Despite the harshness in the movie, there are some deep, deep truths here. I am developing this idea, of course starting it small, with a few others, and have writen a little on it. But think about it. It parallels with your mystic warrior quest.

    You are on to something…

  5. Nate, sounds like the mystic…

  6. It rings true… things are moving in the midwest, too… It’s like invisible music that I can only hear if I am willing to slow down…

  7. Lori,

    Yes. It’s all about hearing the “invisible music.”

  8. James Petticrew Avatar
    James Petticrew

    Nate I have a few friends who have pastored “fight club” churches but probably not in the sense you are talking about! There does seem to be a growing restlessness around I wonder how we can allow the Spirit to channel that into the visions and structures he wants to create. It would be terribe if the Sprit made us itch but we never bothered to sctratch.

  9. James Petticrew Avatar
    James Petticrew

    Alex I should have said, the only reluctance I have about the phantom metaphor is the purpse tights, I look terrible in purple tights.

  10. James, the mystic is a new form of the kind you speak.

    And…exactly how do you know that you look horrible in
    purple tights?

  11. I was wondering that too Alex…James?

  12. Alex,
    I ran across this post on another blog with language that mirrors what I’ve heard of these mystic warriors. The language moves me, with shudders and anticipation…

    we are WARRIORS

    Breathe fire.

  13. thanks, steve. in fact, i was in orlando and met with someone who knows some of the mystic. powerful indeed.

  14. James Petticrew Avatar
    James Petticrew

    Hey what can I say, I come from the nation where men wear skirts and it gets cold

  15. I am finding all of this Mystic Nation stuff fascinating. I don’t understand it all yet, but I will keep reading.

  16. Alex,
    This reminds me of the bumper sticker I saw in my favorite occult book shop here in San Fransisco.

    “I’m one too”.

    Kinda says it all, doesn’t it? Welcome to the club. We go by many names and titles but we’re all part of the same “nation”–the same mystical movement. Religion labels mean nothing. Just The Mystic will do. World religions are uniting and the planet will never be the same. Glad to read this. Blessed be.

  17. Valkyrie,

    Welcome to “into the mystic.” “Labeling” or “naming” is a helpful tool for communicating. As long as it is honest, appreciative and collaborative. Islam, for example must be respected as a religion that believes itself incompatible with the African based spiritism it encounters in Africa.

    We must not say, Islam is uniting with African based spiritism if they believe and say they are imcompatible. “Naming” things accurately is a key to understanding in our pluralistic world.

    Thank you so much for your contribution and input.

  18. Not Believing A Word Of It Avatar
    Not Believing A Word Of It

    I have a hard time believing that you can write such inconsequential blather that is so misleading to people already lost and yet hold a position of influence at an institution like Bethel. It is an indication of how truly lost you must be. If this is a “literary tool” and you’re just trying to be creative, STOP! You’re doing more harm than good if you’re joking. You’re the blind leading the blind if you’re serious.

  19. Agree with not believing a word of it Avatar
    Agree with not believing a word of it

    I totally agree. This is all so blasphemus. You’re following the wrong leader, and his plan is to take you so far away from the truth that when you finally realize it’s the wrong path it will be too late. I pray the Holy Spirit will stir your soul, convince you to not dabble in this evil, and repent and turn to your one and only saviour, Jesus Christ. “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”

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