Poets and Mystics have access to realms of perception that are
usually denied to more conventional persons!!!
At age-of-the-sage.org we fully accept that Poets and
Mystics have perceived many unaccountable and mysterious insights
These insights can be related to profoundly important
Enlightenment and Wisdom teachings about Human mind, body, and
The Poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the Poet's pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Shakespeare was obviously a world renowned Poet. There are also
Mystics, from several world faiths, who enjoy immense reputations
amongst those who are knowledgable about their amazing
One such Mystic is Thomas a Kempis:-
To the humble He revealeth His secrets, and sweetly draweth
and inviteth him to Himself.
The humble man, having received reproach, maintaineth himself
well enough in peace, because he is fixed in God and not in the
Never think that thou hast made any progress till thou look
upon thyself as inferior to all.
Thomas a Kempis
Of the Imitation of Christ Bk. 3, Ch. 4, v. 4
The following Zen Buddhism related quotation conveys something of the way that
the Mysticism that is central to several world religions
maintains that Enlightenment is not "intellectual".
A University Professor went to see Nan-in, a Zen Master, to
find out more about Zen.
As their meeting continued Nan-in was pouring Tea and
continued to pour even though the cup was overflowing.
The Professor cried. "Enough! No more will go in!"
Nan-in replied "Like this cup you are full of your own
opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you
first empty your cup?"
The age-of-the-sage.org Web site features many pages that
explore the ways in which the Mysticisms that lie at the heart of
several world religions are virtually identical !!!
Several other pages consider the profound insights that the
Mystics, Poets and Philosophers have won for us in relation to
the relationship between "spirituality" and the "wider