What Is Christian Mysticism


Christian Mysticism is waking up to reality and falling in love with the essence, energy and consciousness of the universe. This starts with the realization that we are all among and a part of a great union in duality, called creation where we live, depend upon and interact with the other parts that exist in different relationships. It is the understanding and the experience of this unity and relationships with the universe that gives us a purpose besides just sharing atoms and energy. It is a physical, biological, mental and a thoughtful experience where we open up to new ideas and dimensions of reality where we recognize and identify with an undivided whole where we work together independently.

The separation is only in the mind, not in the soul. Albert Einstein says, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Unity is the gift of the intuitive mind because it brings contentment and happiness with what we have and where we are in the moment. When we experience the unity with everything there is nothing missing because everything we need to be happy is with us now. The rational mind invests most of its time worrying about money and reputation, forgetting about integrity and just being happy. Mysticism is the reintroduction to the happiness we have in just being human and delighting in the way things are in the present moment.

The rational mind sees the individual things, the waves and ocean currents as barriers separating us, but the intuitive mind is aware of interconnected ecosystems that are continuous in one ocean where there is nothing lacking. Mysticism recognizes that individual lives are like the ocean currents and waves because they tell of our history that is interwoven with a part of a greater ocean where we find contentment, satisfaction, and happiness in unity. The ocean of pure consciousness we Christians call the Father and the waves pushed up from the ocean are our individual expressions that are connected to the subtle energy of pure conscious that is penetrating and all pervasive.

Jesus showed us compassion beyond the religious concepts that have become the political conflicts we see today and is showing us the way inside ourselves away from the untold suffering observed in the news and society. He is showing us the Christian way to Bliss with the understanding that there are an infinite number of ways to reach the Infinite. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” He saw the entire universe as an ocean of pure conscious or as scientist would say a cosmic cloud made up of energy that is sharing atoms where we are free to travel and exchange electrons, thoughts or vibrations. Because we use Christian symbols to express the infinite light that can’t be described, we can call it Christian mysticism, but mysticism is the base for all religions.

When a person experiences the light of the atomic cloud he sees light in all beings and in his/her own self even when the unity of light in religion is not thinkable, the Divinity within reveals the light in everything. The souls of everyone are connected in the light of love beyond the mind where all is one so if we want light in our life we need to transform our self so we are where it is shining and when we do, it brightens our way. This is the path of Christian mysticism. It is the mind that creates differences and dissects matter to do so, but there are no divisions, the mind creates inequalities and then believes that they are true. Science has shown us that matter is light, which some say is frozen energy so it can be detected with the five senses, but matter is like frozen water in the ocean of water still a part and parcel of the whole.

Matt 5: 14″You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

The light seems to transform as it forgives and accepts all who are in the present. A good example is Jesus who brings light to the meek, to the lowly in heart, and to the broken as he heals and restores the needy to their true nature. It is the arrogant, the religiously crusty aristocrats to whom Jesus lays demands harshly. He is harsh in his teaching to the arrogant because he knows that they have lost the ability for an authentic mystical experience with their paltry, pompous prayers, actions and mentality. He can bring them to the door of awareness, but he knows they won’t be able to open it until they cultivate love and the still point that love creates. We can’t open the door because of our attachment to images, words, and ideas that support our beliefs. We seem to fear the emptiness that we think lies beyond the door, beyond the surface of things so we grasp these things and ideas, afraid of being immersed in a Reality that our mind can’t comprehend. The guiding light is shining under, on top of and around the door, but we are too attached and afraid to open it. It has no lock. There is no doctrine, religion, teaching or technique that opens the door. I feel there is not even a door; we just need to walk through it with love.

Jesus knows that we need to know the natural self before we can walk through the portal and know the supernatural self. I think that is why he made clear that love is the way so we could go beyond the motions of religion. People call themselves religious, but do not acknowledge one God, pure love, or the unity with everything and everyone in God. In this case even some Christians can be referred to as Pharisees with their self-righteous hypocrisy.

Matt 5: 43″You have heard that it was said ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Religion builds a wall around a small portion of the infinite and calls it god, but love opens the gates and teaches us that the flow of life in every direction is God showing us the good that is all around us in the form of energy and light. Mysticism is allowing that light to flow through us unobstructed, choosing to let the light shine even after a storm, doing what we love, not necessary what is expected. Light expands beyond the mind showing us the way beyond fear to the happiness of Eternal love. You are independent and a wave in an ocean of your expression, but your spirit is the ocean in the present moment so try to take hold of it and it is not there, but let it go, let it be and you are in a state of grace that is in the here and now where past, present and future are present, where Eternity is now, where God is in the present moment. Christian mysticism is a journey to the soul where heaven is experienced now and we don’t have to die to go there.

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The Spirit of Christmas


A Mystical Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas can’t be seen, but is in the peace and love that engages us and blesses us for the rest of the year, not in the sweet presents that are easy to buy. We search the shops looking for the best objects to put under the Christmas tree as a special gift overlooking the spiritual gift of Christ consciousness that lies within our self and in the hearts of our family and friends. It is easy to buy a present, but so difficult to take on the forgiveness, tolerance, love and detached mind of Christ. The beauty of Christmas is not in the tree and presents, but in the beauty and presence of love like a silent Christmas candle that gives up its self and small world to discover the light of a new day.

It is not a time or a season to panic, rush and hurry through gifts, cards, carols and tinsel, but to have a humble, respectful mind that is willing to receive the spirit of Christmas, Bodhi, Hajj, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice and Kwanzaa.. To receive the consciousness of the baby Jesus we don’t have to be Christian in order to fly to new heights, we just need a modest heart that can accept the wisdom of the Christ mind. The gift of Christian Mysticism is beyond the limits of our five senses and is wrapped in different beliefs, but in removing and opening up to the universe using a variety of methods from science, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism or any other principle, we experience an inner mystical connection with God.

This spiritual gift introduces our mind to the soul radiating from the center of our being to connect, guide, and sooth our energy. An energy that is no longer rampant, but focused, connected with our core and the spiritual depths of our soul. This consciousness does not judge, just witnesses with the understanding that we are drawn to the power of the soul without doing a thing. A consciousness of bliss filling an empty, powerless place with wisdom and knowledge requires inner work recognizing where we are influenced by external circumstances and lose energy. Temptations are not ignored, but released by changing perceptions, self-image, concepts and one’s life. The resistance to change is witnessed with the recognition that our energy and power are lost in a diffused and unfocused state that takes strength from every fiber of our body. This is a natural gift, a living grace that perfects our poise, manner, coolness and reserve in the muscular and nervous systems of our body. May we all partake in this Merry Christmas and share this spiritual gift with others.

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Religion


Religion

Religions put God in the hearts of people, but Christian mysticism puts human hearts in God

–          Religion is all right it moves from low to high, from slow to fast.

–          The problem is it spends too much energy running around the circumference and taking for granted the center or Divinity within, which is the spiritual experience.

Religious traditions are united in a force most call God. The problem is that religions break up God into different hypothesis by taking the infinite and putting narrow walls around the pieces. This is what causes the disputes.

–          When the Truth of our religion is experienced and the narrow walls of the hypothesis are torn down then we find that the same Truth is basic in all religions.

–          The Ultimate Truth can be approached from many directions.

–          Our Lord is so kind to dwell in everyone and everything.

–          We can all benefit from the different viewpoints that give us a dynamic regeneration and spiritual experience beyond the hypothesis.

Christian Mysticism And Christian Religion


Christian religion seems to be the study of trees and counting the rings while Christian Mysticism is concerned with sending the roots deeper into the experience. I think one can study the orchard and expand one’s branches and roots at the same time, but the institutions seem more comfortable with the words and so they deny the experience.

In our endeavor to understand life we experiment externally, which is science in order to understand the laws of life internally, which is spirituality. As we see the universal laws unfold and how they apply to our mind, we understand our relationship to the whole. By being good we find out what makes us happy and by being bad we find sadness, therefore to be content and happy we must find the best way to live. To live a good life we must deliver an unconscious pattern into a conscious system, which is what spirituality does for us. It is just as important to understand our internal self, as it is to understand the external self in order to be healthy and happy. We need to learn to watch the inner reactions of the mind, the same way we observe events in the outer world for self-preservation; consequently, our mind becomes aware of itself.

I feel the Church needs to spend more time directing people to the interior life and not worry so much about the exterior facade that takes so much of the Church’s resources. Christian Mysticism

Tao Chapter 43 and Christian Mysticism


Chapter 43 now open for dialog or discussion…….

The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.

If we think of the Tao or God as what ties everything together in some form of harmony, then everything is in a relationship with everything, God or the Tao. When everything is in a relationship with everything else then nothingness or no thing exist in isolation or separate from everything so there is nothing. Therefore everything inseparable even opposites are one. In our body we have opposite muscles that complement one another. One muscle straightens the arm and the opposite muscle bends the arm. We have opposites in the body that complement each other for the health and well being of the entire body. It seems it was designed to co-operate and work with opposites that are inseparable. In other words opposites are just two parts of one whole and are not separate. In silence, we have no point where heat ends and cold begins. I think this dialog is talking about the cooperation and oneness of everything working together. We have two eyes and they see one vision and our two ears hear one sound. To see the value of non-action, one needs to realize and be aware of the Oneness of All things. Non-action implies that there is no one doing the action so there is no-action, just Oneness. I find this passage leading to the stillness of the mind where we understand and find our One True Love, the Tao, or God.

Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.

Silence seems to speak volumes on the infinite, as our theories and knowledge are finite and only explain a part. I feel if a teacher says that a theory is the only true or possible one then it is a sign that this master does not understand the theory or the dilemma. Our minds are limited like words and can’t grasp all possibilities; therefore to look for understanding I think the Tao is saying one needs to look beyond the mind without words or actions. I feel in pure being on finds and can understand the One True Love. Therefore; religion would not be about believing in things, words or rules, but about being sacred and holy, whole-ly.
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Christian Mysticism is Love


The art of being a good Christian is in harmony with humanism and Christian Mysticism. An enlightened mind and an enlarged heart will focus a current of love into a laser for different, enthusiastic, adventurous, happy individuals, giving honor and glory to God in just being alive. These progressive Christians become spiritual and human at the same time producing a radiant joy and buoyancy for all of humanity. They know that God placed them on earth to be human beings and not inhuman. Mysticism is not a withdrawal from the world because it seeks a greater knowledge of God, which becomes practical or practiced when oriented towards goodness and service to one’s neighbors. I feel mysticism and humanism go hand in hand because when we know God and act in accordance with God in the form of humanism. Yes, this is love.

Sin in Christian Mysticism


To the person engrossed in pure consciousness even pain is fruitful, for all things work together for the good of the whole even sin is a commitment to greater love because it humbles bringing out the best. It shows how the ego will act contrary to the will of God so a person will rise above sin by turning to pure consciousness, God acts as if the sin had never been committed. God’s consciousness is in the present so He would never let former sins count against a person. God accepts people not for what they have been, but for what they are now. Sin is just a way to bring man to a better knowledge of his love and make him more determined to struggle for pure consciousness.

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