“Two years he walks the earth no phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes ultimate freedom, an extremist, an esthetic Voyager whose home is the road. And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure the climatic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.”
- Alexander Supertramp
The story of Christopher Johnson McCandless was made into the 2007 film “Into the Wild” based on John Krakauer’s 1996 book “Into the Wild” The adventure takes place as Chris graduates from college, relinquishes all ties to family, money, and even personal identification. His journey begins when he sets forth as Alexander Supertramp hitchhiking his way around the west coast destined for The Stampede Trail in Alaska.
You may be wondering what Chris McCandless’s wanderings have to do with Christian Mysticism, absolutely “Nothing” and at the same time “Everything” completely.
“Hey listen old man now don’t psychoanalyze me alright, SHUT UP! I’m taking you out to where we’re going (where you going?) I told you, we’re going nowhere.”
-(Into the Wild /film)
As C.M. meanders across the land he gains a fundamental understanding of how the human soul operates. His knowledge is exhibited in memorable quotes such as “the core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”
The mystics’ journey begins in much the same way, that is to say, with a realization that there is something false within that needs to die or perhaps the unction that there is something eternal within that needs to survive. Like Supertramp, nothing we clutch will aid in this journey… “whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Mathew 10: 34-39)
Unlike Supertramp, “nowhere” is not our destination, but rather our starting point… Vague enough for you? I apologize elusiveness is certainly not my objective. Consider this blog post as the beginning of a lengthy discourse covering a topic that cannot very well be handled within the confines of language. At best, language can be used as a map to our starting point of “nowhere”. Soon we will discuss in great detail and with a plethora of biblical terms and scriptures, how and why “nowhere” is so important…
“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, the possibility of life is destroyed.”
-Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Into The Wild is quotable narrative that pairs well to our topic of Christian Mysticism. The movie begins with a profound quote indirectly addressing the plot.
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and the music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
The entire show is laced with philosophical undertones including the lyrics of Eddie Vedder’s Society song melodiously overlaid as the story unfolds. Alexander Supertramp ultimately concluded that “happiness only real when shared.” His conclusion reflects what is also well stated by Hemio Korth, a survivalist who has spent his entire adult life living off of the land in Alaska. Hemio speaks from considerable experience when he says, “The stomach needs food and the mind needs people… You just can’t say I’m going to be alone, that’s not normal.” View Heimo’s Arctic Adventure free at VBS.tv – The video is almost an hour long and well worth the time, that is if you have ever contemplated the allure of life off-the-grid!
Wow, one can almost perceive the waves crashing on the shore in this article. An interesting ebb and flow, gray not black and white. Our theme, Christian Mysticism can be observed written into the essence of nature, displayed brilliantly in all of creation, and humbly online at ChristianMystics.com. Check back soon as we continue our mystical journey into the wild…
“…What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?”
-(Mathew 11:7 ESV)
For those who are interested Back To The Wild is now available…