Christian Mysticism is not reading about theories or taking anything on faith. It only deals with what works to bring about enjoyment and the good qualities of life. “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12) It is a real challenge to be happy and feel the Divinity in all things when an experience is painful or confusing. The pain is real in the conscious mind, but that is only a part of the total mind that is used. To be happy in all situations we need to make available a way to enlarge the consciousness of the mind that presently is experiencing pain. Being happy is enabling the Divinity within to use the full mind and consciousness to radiate happiness and love to ourselves and our fellow man while increasing the harmony in the conscious field around us. Christian Mysticism accomplishes this by bringing the subtle levels of thought to the conscious level. By understanding and unfolding the deeper levels of existence, we become aware of the energy in all regions and levels of creation both subtle and gross. Increasing our familiarity with the deeper levels of existence allows us to become comfortable and happy at any level. The spiritual practice to be content and happy is creating a suitable atmosphere for all the virtues to flourish. Armed with the virtues of tolerance, love, and compassion we are not only the knower of reality, but are doing wholesome, good work in reality just by integrating these values in life.
Mysticism is not dangerous as some Christians without knowledge and proper practice would have you believe. On the contrary, it is a profound and incredible spiritual experience that can induce fear in those not acquainted with the mind of Christ. The Bible supports this with this phrase, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (Corinthians 2:13-14) The fear that the extreme Christians invoke is what is toxic and treacherous not the mysticism. Some mistakenly project their fear of contact with the Divinity within, but Christian Mysticism guides one to the soul which automatically relaxes the mind and in turn the body. The terror some profess will never relax the mind because it only activates fear. God is not an inference or hypothesis, but an experience that one has to live to know. Joseph Campbell says, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”