I invite you on this journey with me, of the Christian Mystic. I’m not sure how far this will take us? I freely admit I am learning as we go, therefore, some things I may say in this beginning, may change as we learn and grow on this journey. So far I am completely intrigued with glimpses of things I have seen!
Here is my understanding at this point. When you study a Christian Mystic it helps to prepare yourself for material that may be more like the Book of Song of Solomon, than anything else in your Bible. I don’t think anyone would argue that it takes an advanced soul to fully understand and enjoy the Song of Solomon. And anyone who can read and learn such things is climbing a mountain well worth the time, effort, and training to climb. Once the top has been reached, you gain a perspective that can be gained no other way. The perspective and the experience of the climb changes you in very spiritually positive ways.
I have four books I’m reading at this time which pertain to Christian Mysticism. One book was written by a lady who wrote these words:
“The liberated soul loses her name in the One through Whom and in Whom she merges; just as a river reaching the sea loses identity with which it flowed through many countries to arrive at this destination. Now it is in the sea; and here it rest without labour.”
Because of the book this lady wrote, she was arrested, jailed, put on trial, asked to recant her book or be burned at a stake. She refused to recant what she believed and was burned alive at a stake until dead. She is one who will be spoken of more as we make this journey together. Her book that brought her painful death, which I bought, is entitled: “The Mirror of Simple Souls”.
Another way of preparing yourself is by combining 3 scriptures. (Please remember these are my own interpretations I have made based on my current understanding.) So we are going to add 1+1+1=3. Here we go.
#1 > “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” (Romans 12:1)
#2 > “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Phil. 2:13)
#3 > “For in him we live and move and exist.” (Acts 17:28)
All this, and more, = CHRISTIAN MYSTIC.
Romans 12:1 + Philippians 2:13 + Acts 17:28 = C.M.
That is quite an equation and only the beginning of an understanding that can take you into very deep places, some of which you may decide does not fit your understanding of scriptures, but also some who do take you to higher places than you have ever known. Finding the right mystic may also be a part of the journey. Some you may agree with more than others.
I’m feeling led to share a thought of my own in these articles, that I believe fits well with our subject of study. I believe we can all look deep into God’s mirror and find new ways of expressing little understood spiritual truths. Anyone who loves doing that has the tendencies of a CM. Here’s my thought, in brief. >
Hebrews chapter 4 speaks of a “REST” that is reserved for the people of God, and this REST does not have to be future, but can be NOW. Jesus invited all those who are weary and heavy laden to come unto him and he would give them REST. The Sabbath is supposed to be a day of REST in which God ceased from “his own works”. If we cease from “our own works” and live in the works of God, we enter a sacred and supernatural REST. If we stay in our own works, then we are living in the “#6”, the six working days of the week. But if we enter the Sabbath of God’s works, and live in the 7th day, we live in the “#7”! I call this “Living in the 7th Day”. I abbreviate it: “L7D”.
6 is the number of man, and 666 is the Mark of the Beast. A life of living in the 6 leads to a life of 666. But if we enter the Sabbath God is offering us, and live in the “7”, we enter a supernatural life of faith that I believe these mystics also speak of. I have seen this and taught it for some time. And yes, as I started exploring these mystics, I realized I may have had family I have not been aware of. Maybe you might discover the same thing?
Also note that the quote from our mystic lady not yet named, spoke of a REST at the end of the quote. A REST the river knows after losing itself in the sea. How very interesting. I love it.
And so we have begun our journey into the exploration of Mysticism to see if it might be something we want more of, or… that’s not for me. Hope you enjoy.