The various techniques in mysticism, no matter how varied, have one single purpose: to achieve a higher level of consciousness, to elevate the spirit. A mystic experience is often very elusive especially for beginning mystics, and it is often an ironic fact that the most profound and enlightening mystic experiences arise when least expected as spontaneous gifts of the spirit. It is also becoming more widely accepted that significant mystic experiences are often the result of a strong and willing spirit and less the result of good mystic technique. However, this does not replace the fact that the proper use of mystic techniques and regular practice of one’s chosen mystic method is essential in the experience of divine realities.
Most methods of spiritual practice includes meditation, prayer, loving interactions with loved ones, social interactions with the outside world, physical exercise, as well as direct fellowship with mystics and other individuals who are also interested in reaching some level of self-improvement.
Different people will respond to various types of spiritual practice. This means that a particular mystic technique that worked for one person will in turn be successful for you. The secret for success lies in choosing the right kind of mystic technique that it suited to your level of temperament, discipline, and competence. Preparation is the most important compliment to any mystic technique. It is also important to start each season with an open mind. Skepticism, negative emotions and unresolved inner conflicts have no place in the search for higher levels of enlightenment.