Christian mysticism is a path of reverence and devotion that leads to God, the very aim and endeavor of every Christian heart. It teaches us how to have individual, empirical, enlightening experiences. These must grow naturally, from Living the Life with ever-growing dedication. Striving for a greater union with God will bring us to deeper devotions and insights that will illumine our consciousness.
Mysticism is often called the path of spiritual union, the way of spiritual love, the path of devotion. Some call it the path of the heart. These terms depict partially and very superficially what mysticism truly covers. Mysticism is the endeavor of the soul to draw nearer to God. For that reason it uses all of an individual, and claims his total being. Of all the approaches to God, it is the only one that knows synthesis.
In Christian mysticism there is the possibility of realizing a state which transcends normal consciousness and which puts us in touch with those faculties within that make real our communion with God.
In all the teachings other than the path of mysticism you will see self mentioned greatly. That is true of psychology and it is true of each of the Eastern paths. The whole emphasis is on finding the self. We are not self-sufficient. We are made by God and therefore God is the one who will be our fulfillment. When we have found God, then we will understand ourselves with the right command and perspective.
To understand mysticism, we must experience it. Mysticism is a path of direct and first-hand knowing God. The way is long, the path is steep, yet none is so joyous. On the mystical path, when an individual is sincere, an Inner Light begins to glow within him, the very light of the Spirit of his consecration. This is because the individual has broken through his own barriers. He has let the light shine through because the desire for God has eclipsed his own self-love. It has enabled him to forget self and to be recovered, as it were, in God.
The whole goal, the sole purpose of mysticism, is to search for God, to be united with God and to have God use us fully, completely, deeply without any reservations. This is always what God does when He finds the person ready and when we do not erect closed doors against Him with our own opinions and limitations.
Our Lord Emmanuel, the One who was Jesus, is uniquely able to awaken and inspire us on our journey towards enlightenment. Following His way with ever-growing dedication and striving for a greater union with God will bring us to deeper devotions and insights that will illumine our consciousness.
–Compiled from The Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse, Vol. I.
The signal characteristics most observed in consecrated mystics are these:
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The Lord Christ is responsible for the spiritual evolution of all people, even those who do not revere Him. Within His keeping are the keys for the development of this humanity.
Christian Mysticism is simply a method of reverence and devotion to God. It is a path of attainment which leads to the Divine Reality–to first-hand knowing of God. The mystical path stresses the way of Divine union with God through illumination.
The Way of Discipleship is a way of drawing ever closer to the Divine Presence. It is a voluntary surrender of the entire self to the service of God. It pays great attention to spiritual realities and goals inspiring us toward inner growth.
Nature provides healing and enlightenment. When wisely trod, the path to God through nature employs every faculty inherent in man. In nature, beauty shines in all its pristine essence before us. It is for us to newly discover and translate this beauty to our spirits and our senses.
Meditation and Prayer are the disciplines that most directly draw us Godward and into the inner worlds. During these moments, we consciously purify ourselves of worldly or personal preoccupations and center ourselves wholly upon consciousness of God.
The Living Christ is the Lord of Angels and of men and the model of our own becoming. His service is the broadcasting of the Divine Christ Spirit, the light of redemption. His influence awakens in us the Christing of our own natures.
The Angelic Kingdom consists of beings created by God. They, like mankind, press toward the goal of perfection and union with the Supreme Spirit. Angels are purer and more spiritual than man. Their very spirituality readily makes them mediators between Heaven and Earth.
Reincarnation is the realization that life is a school, striving to awaken and quicken the Divinity within us, striving to bring man from primitive stages of unfoldment to that of greater and more glorious awareness.
The Collected Works, Vol. I
Insights Into Reality
–Mysticism and Inner Instruction
Christian Mysticism and What It Is
Joys of Christian Mysticism
Adventures in Christian Mysticism
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