The Lonely Man

There was a man… a lonely man…

So, you want to become a mystic eh?

Then, be prepared to play SOLITAIRE — the only game in town. 😏  Shall we play?

In this business of “mystical oneness” that I’ve been pursuing for many years now, I have learned to play SOLITAIRE over and over and over again, time and time again. There is nobody else playing… but the Self, your Self. There is no other player, no “other self” to play with — only the one Self… playing solitaire.

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Referring to Neil Sedaka’s song “Solitaire,” I find that I have become that lonely man: A heart that cared but went unshared, until it died within the silence. Neil’s song “Solitaire” resonates strongly with me for that very reason. But, thank God, there will always be Neil to comfort you and me with his song, as we play life’s solitaire.

Why must one’s journey along the mystical path always have to be a game of “solitaire”?   Why must fulfillment be found in only the one Self, and in nothing else or in no one else?   Why is “solitaire” the only game in town?

Indeed, although it seems that life goes all around us everywhere in a flurry of things, people, activities and events, the truth is: We’re just playing SOLITAIRE.   How ironic that is!

But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58, NLT2)

Whatever little hope there is, goes up in smoke. Still, the King of Hearts remains well concealed, because solitaire’s the only game in town.

Now, THAT is a lonely man.

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Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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