Mystic Update

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You can help create history this summer. On Saturday, May 13 at 4.00PM (PST) we’re going to send out [we hope] the first ever “live signal” from VOXTROPOLIS.COM. This will only be a “beta test” in anticipation of the January 2007 launch of the VOX site, but it will be a historic event.

This Saturday, you’ll walk through our place, meet all kinds of personalities, and hear all kinds of music. All impromptu. Hey, with some imagination, you may even be able to smell the food we’ll be serving. In order to get ready for January’s launch, we’re going to try a few “beta test” broadcasts this summer.

Are you ready for this? Be there for the first ever live signal: Saturday, May 13, 2006, 4PM PST at See The CLOCK TICK.

The Search for The Mystic

Ever had you house “rolled”? You know, when kids take rolls of toilet paper and unroll them all over your yard, trees and cars? Something similar happens to me. I come home every now and then and see that someone(s) has been up to mischief because I find things left at my door. I took photos on my cell phone today to document what is becoming a regular occurence.

Aggravating isn’t it? To be required to find out who is behind these kinds of things. Whoever you are. I’m going to find you. And when I do, I’m going to thank you for supporting the “Search for The Mystic.”


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The International Mentoring Network

Now accepting applications for the 2007 cohort. Two 7-Day Immersion experiences next year in Orlando (February 2007) and Los Angeles (May 2007). Email The 2007 cohorts (online conversations) begin in September 2006, October 2006, and January 2007.

See you In The Mystic,

Alex McManus

The Way of The Mystic — Glossary

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I’m at London’s Heathrow airport on my way to Kenya. We flew in overnight from LA on a British Airways 747. The pic below is me and youngest son, Lucas Daniel, during our four wait for our flight to Nairobi. Here are some thoughts from a recently discovered and little known source called The Way of The Mystic.

The Way of The Mystic –Glossary

mys·ti·cism n 1. the belief that personal communication or union with the divine is achieved through intuition, faith, ecstasy, or sudden insight rather than through rational thought 2. a system of religious belief or practice that people follow to achieve personal communication or union with the divine 3. vague or unsubstantiated thought or speculation about something (The Encarta World English Dictionary)

The Way of The Mystic: on Mysticism…
Within the world of the mystic, however, there is as much distaste for “unsubstantiated thought or speculation” as there is for blind faith in “rationalism”. The mystic warrior becomes a mystic because he must …based on a supernatural connection with the primal heartbeat of the universe. The simple fact they live with is that what they have come to know is a gift. Their way has been given to them. (Source: The Way of The Mystic)

Coming up:

  • The Way of The Mystic Glossary: Rationalism, Bibliolatry
  • The Mystic Leader’s Crash Course –Part 5: Clouds

VOX of the Day: A Missional Response to the Gospel of Judas by Brian Russell.

into the mystic…

Alex McManus
copyright, 2006.

Mystic Transmission

Welcome back.

Breaking news about the mystic…

For those of you who have been following my “search for the mystic,”
check out the unusual transmission being heard now throughout the world: Mystic Transmission

Is this a possible Mystic transmission? I’ll I can do is tell you the story of my search. It’s up to you to decide what’s real. What do you think? Hat tip to Dean Sharp for this find.

Add your voice…

If you’ve ever been to ORIGINS –the Mosaic Leadership Conference, share your experience with the world by clicking on the following link: ORIGINS –the Mosaic leadership experience.

I’ll continue my series “A Mystic Leader’s Crash Course” with some additional thoughts about “Light” soon.

Into the Mystic…

Alex McManus

A Future of Isolated Connectivity and Connected Isolation?

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In keeping with the theme of my last post (Nov 18), Unto us a Machine is Born, as well as my prior post (Oct 16), Is Blogging a Revolution? , here’s an article from the education page of Newsweek about the world of teenage Homo Electronicus Migratus called High Tech Hotspots . The italics in the quoted text below are my addition.

“The most wired students in the history of the world…are going off to college. Today’s entering freshmen created PowerPoint presentations in middle school, if not before—and yet may have never “dialed” a telephone. They grew up digital: with PCs, broadband and cell phones at the ready. Likelier to reach for Google than for a dictionary, they live-journal their days and photoblog their snaps, trade music and swim in a sea of messages—e-mail, instant messaging and text. Some of their parents may not even know what verbs like live-journal and IM mean. “Students are so tied in to computing and networking that it’s almost like an extension of their central nervous system,” says Garland Elmore, a professor of informatics and communications at Indiana University. “It’s how they connect to their friends, it’s how they connect to information—it’s how they connect to their world.”

Here’s my question: is this the most connected generation in history or the most disconnected?

George Will writes in an article titled Rudeness rewarded that we are “entertaining ourselves into inanition” –a state or quality of being empty. Because of our addiction to electronic connectedness, we are not present before others even in their presence, he suggests.

“With everyone chatting on cell phones when not floating in iPod-land, “this is an age of social autism, in which people just can’t see the value of imagining their impact on others.” We are entertaining ourselves into inanition. (There are Web sites for people with Internet addiction. Think about that.) And multiplying technologies of portable entertainments will enable “limitless self-absorption,” which will make people solipsistic, inconsiderate and antisocial. Hence manners are becoming unmannerly in this “age of lazy moral relativism combined with aggressive social insolence.”

I get what Will is talking about. I hate it when I’m talking to someone who then answers a call on his cell. I’m tempted to pull out my cell and call them on the spot. A paradox of life in the 21st century is that we live in an age of isolated connectivity or connected isloation. The person in front of us is less critical than the person beamed into our present reality via satellite.

The aim of “into the mystic…” is to make whatever world we travel more human. We take seriously and exploit the possiblities of the cyber world of relationships, but also take seriously the physicality of human kind. Yes, manners matter. Perhaps part of the etiquette of the 21st century is that all things being equal the f2f encounter is as important [or more] as the electronic one.

Thanks to Michael Martin of Australia and to Jaime Puente of Texas for the articles.

What do you think?

into the mystic…

Alex McManus

Three in Four Americans Believe in Paranormal

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I wrote a chapter in a book published by Relevant Books (The Relevant Church) where I suggested five realities awaiting us in our immediate future. One of those five realities is that “the future is spiritual.” How do I know this? Simple. The future is here.

A recent report from the Gallup Organization titled, Three in Four Americans Believe in Paranormal, suggests that “just about three in four Americans hold some paranormal belief — in at least one of the following: extra sensory perception (ESP), haunted houses, ghosts, mental telepathy, clairvoyance, astrology, communicating with the dead, witches, reincarnation, and channeling. There are no significant differences in belief by age, gender, education, or region of the country.”

Welcome to the future.

What do you think?

into the mystic…

Alex McManus

What is a church?

Part of my search for the mystic is a quest to reconstruct meaningful ways to be and build kingdom community in this new world. To do this I think we need to experience a

I’ve got more thinking to share on each of these and some ideas on a couple of new categories as well. Stay tuned. But I want to make sure that we stay true to the essentials. So today’s question is:

What is a church?

Is two or three gathered by the calling of Christ to reach people (Mission), who share the Lord’s Supper (Missional Community), and baptize converts (Missional Activity) a church? What more than this is necessary? Or is this too much? Or is it something other than these elements?

What do you think?

Blog posts of note…

For an excellent conversation that references my post on a Reversal of Kingdom Capital see Anne Jackson’s (aka “flowerdust”) post titled,money, money, money.

For an outstanding application of what we discussed on my post Fiesta for God , check out Kristi Cornwell’s post titled, The Party . Her story comes complete with a blazing fire, a barn and line dancing.

Ladies, hats off to you. Excellent stuff. Thanks for leading the way.

into the mystic…

Alex McManus

Voxtropolis World Map

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Who will be finding their voices at Check it out…

Voxtropolis World Map

Hats off and many thanks to Steve Watson , aka “breathe fire”, for yet another brilliant stroke.

The [soon to be launched] blog community known as is one aspect of a multidimensional collaboration to reclaim western culture for Christ. Other complementary aspects are the elusive tribe known as The Mystic, the soon to manifest Voxtropolis cafes and the Culture Pubs. There’s more…

into the mystic…

Alex McManus