Midweek Mysticism: Gordon Smith — The Glasgow Barber

I’m always on the lookout for genuine mystics among us. But before we come to Gordon Smith, let’s try to define a few terms. In this field there are many openings for confusion. Here’s my own assessment:

Gordon Smith1. Psychics — These are the folk who appear to have insights where others draw a blank. Their views are usually heard and noted because they have a faintly uncanny way about them. They create respect and incredulity in equal measure.

2. Spiritualists — They have a gift of seeing beyond the physical realm and unearthing people’s innermost secrets. Spiritualists are seemingly aware of the dead and speak of them as if they were alive in an alternative reality. Selling contact with those who have “passed over” — as they call them — is how many make their living.

3. Mystics — are more abstract, seeking knowledge of higher realms, and direct experience of them, as part of a process of spiritual growth. They tend to keep themselves in the background.

Gordon Smith, a Glasgow barber in his younger days, can claim to be all three. If you spot his book, Stories From the Other Side don’t dismiss it. Read it.

To prove this, I want to concentrate on one important mystical event: the Golden Glow Experience. I’ve described this before (see link below) and regard it as a clearing away of obstacles to full out-of-body episodes in which the greatest insights occur.

When Jesus informed his protesting disciples that he was departing this life, he said to them:

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him, but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you..

My own experience of this event lasted a month. I’ve not seen it described much in mystical literature except in Gordon Smith’s Stories From the Other Side. Here is part of it: “I would be woken in the middle of the night and … would hear people talking. They would be shadowy figures with a kind of pale golden light around them. … I was fascinated by this yellowy golden mist that accompanies Spirits.”

Whether you call it the Comforter — which it truly is — or any other name, for example, the Divine Light, or Golden Glow moment, the actuality is far more overwhelming than any name or description. And it is the gateway to mystical experience.

Here’s Gordon’s mystical philosophy in a nutshell: “The very nature of existence is about ripening our consciousness. So often people restrict themselves by thinking that everything has to be achieved or got over in this life. It is such an unburdening process to come to the realisation that there is no beginning and there is no end.”