December 30, 2010

Through the Eyes of a Mystic

Posted in Poets, Science and Relgion, The Mystics tagged , at 7:09 am by tiffanyannbrown

Mysticism is nearly universal and unites most religions in the quest for divinity. According to Wikipedia, mysticism is defined as “the pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight.” It is derived from the Greek word “mystikos” meaning “an initiate of a mystery religion,” which is in reference to the classical Greco-Roman mystery cults where initiates were sworn to keep secret about the inner workings of religion that they were privy to.

There are many famous mystics in our culture you may have heard about including American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, and Beatles guitarist George Harrison, but perhaps none so intriguing as Lithuanian child prodigy Akiane Kramarik who began painting remarkable artwork at the age of 4 and attributes her talent to divine inspiration from God:

Currently at 16 years of age, Akiane has been featured on nearly 50 international television shows and documentaries including Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, The View, and the Montel Williams Show. According to her web site at, she has published over 200 works of art, 800 literary creations and 2 best-selling books. Click here to view her gallery of artwork, where prints range in price from $5,000 to $3,000,000, or you can click here to view her poetry. I would suggest taking some time to browse through her paintings and skim through the narratives that go along with each of them. Akiane donates a large percentage of her income back to charity, and her goal with each painting is always the same: to serve as an inspiration for others, provide hope, and to share her love for God with people around the world.

Below is a more recent, longer video of Akiane explaining her artistic processes and the guidance she receives, providing a deeper  level of insight into her world. It is interesting to note that she was brought up in an atheistic household with no introduction to religion, limited access to the media (she didn’t even know who Oprah was when she went on her show at age 9), and was homeschooled.

In the book From Science to God, author Peter Russell argues that science is just beginning to understand and uncover what mystics have known for centuries; he believes that science will soon confirm what the mystics have been saying all along bridging the age-old gap between science and religion. He writes:

The worldviews of science and spirit have not always been as far apart as they are today. Five hundred years ago, there was little difference between them. What science there was existed within the established worldview of the Christian church. Following Copernicus, Descartes and Newton, Western science broke away from the doctrines of monotheistic religion, establishing its own atheistic worldview, which today is now very different indeed from that of traditional religion. But the two can, and I believe eventually will, be reunited. And their meeting point is consciousness. When science sees consciousness to be a fundamental quality of reality, and when religion takes God to be the light of consciousness shining within us all, the two worldviews start to converge.

Peter Russell earned degrees in both physics and experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge, England and also holds a postgraduate degree in computer science. He studied meditation and Eastern philosophy in India, and upon his return conducted research into the neurophysiology of meditation at the University of Bristol. Over the past twenty years, he has been a consultant to IBM, Apple, American Express, Barclays Bank, Swedish Telecom, Nike, Shell, BP, and other major corporations. Some of his books include The Global Brain, Waking Up in Time, and The Consciousness Revolution.  He certainly brings a unique perspective to the topic of mysticism given his scientific background. To listen to some of his talks online at, click here.  For a brief video of his on the primacy consciousness, see below:

Peter Russell is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on the topic of consciousness today. He believes that consciousness does not arise from matter and that modern science has been unable to address the deeper, more fundamental questions that mystics have been understanding for centuries. Moving forward, it will be interesting to keep an eye on both Akiane and Peter, to see what insights and discoveries will be made on both the levels of mysticism and science in our 21st century society.


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