Friday, June 19, 2009

Christian Mysticism


God is beyond the mind, but can be known only by the heart. Many times words fail. But the heart can see and experience God in simple reality. This is mysticsim.

“It is in the ordinary duties and labors of life that the Christian can and should develop his spiritual union with God. “- Thomas Merton

“He has placed within my heart a thirst for the infinite, and such a great need to love, that He alone can satisfy it. I go to Him, like a little child to its mother, so He may possess everything, and may take me and carry me away in His arms."
Elizabeth of the Trinity

Mysticism is the pursuit of communion with and awareness of God, and the realities that exist beyond empirical senses. Christian mysticism is about pursuing these things from a Christ-centered perspective. A mystic believes that the ultimate truths of God, life, the universe and reality cannot be discovered simply by means of study or intellectual investigation alone, but are discovered by means of spiritual disciplines, meditation, contemplation, and experience.

A Christian mystic therefore believes that a relationship with God is not achieved simply by the study of Scripture but through prayer, meditation, obedience, through repentance and spiritual practice.


complied from several sources
photo: bc

3 comments:

Susanne Iles said...

A timely entry..thank you so much for posting this.

Ryan said...

A Christian rationalist therefore believes that relationship with God is not achieved simply through meditation, contemplation, and spiritual practice but through prayerful study of God’s word, joyful obedience, and impassioned discernment.

The mystic and the rationalist look a lot alike…no?!
Cheers Brad—I hope all is great!

Carmen said...

Thanks for this brilliant blog entry. It means much to me because I just spent a year translating (immersed in) _The Cloud of Unknowing_ and _The Book of Privy Counsel_ for Shambhala Publications (published April 2009). Thanks again for this blog! Peace, Carmen (www.carmenbutcher.com)