Settling in the soul is not going into a trance because there is no opposition between the natural and supernatural, we are just witnessing the finite and infinite together with reverence. It is an inclusive state of consciousness and not an exclusive one so we cannot say it belongs to one religion alone as it is a part of the human experience. Mysticism is rooted deep in many religious traditions, but is hard to define because it is beyond the senses and has different meanings for everyone that practices it. When the mind is quiet and the senses no longer bother it, we start to fill up with the Love of Oneness that is experienced spontaneously within and without. This birth of Unity is always happening, but the slightest appearance of desire and one is carried away from the state of Unity consciousness, but then again when desires disappear our personality again gets lost in the Unity of all Life. Unity does not wipe out or work against the world; instead, it puts emphasis on bringing it and everything together. In the heart of every Christian, Christ comes and goes as we rest in our vast, deep limitless soul because when we are able to remove our individuality, he is able to make his presence known and his will is able to prevail without our ego getting in the way. To be familiar with this experience is peace and in its absence a large amount of activity is triggered by our sense of self with a variety of interruptions of every kind. Christ walked on water during a storm where the waves were forcing the boat up and down, but Jesus was at peace. Walk with Our Lord and there is peace, but we can’t force ourselves into this experience because it is a state of grace. We can ride the wave up and down that is our choice and sooner or later a period in life comes where we would rather escape the motion sickness in peaceful reflection with the Lord. Surf the waves with Christ as an individual personality and enjoy the ride, and when the waves are not enough we can always dive deep within contemplation to acquire new wisdom and understanding. Force is not an issue as it is not a path of Inquisition, but a road of Christian enlightenment where in silent thought we go on a spiritual journey through the mountains, valleys, jungles, oceans and deserts of our mind. Christ consciousness is a well-deserved vacation beyond time, space and words; therefore, words cannot describe it, they can only point and hint at the different levels of consciousness that can be reached spiritually. Surf the waves if you enjoy that, and dive under them when they get too strong because there is a place inside where we can drown our pain in the sea of joy. If there is a war inside then make peace in order to form a new concept of life, which helps form a new humanity in the individual, Christian or community setting. We are lucky to have a scripture that is not so much as facts, but as a record directing us inward to an experience with Christ that is beyond the mind. It starts out as a hypothesis that needs to be proven and substantiated in the laboratory of our mind and if peace comes around our intuition will illuminate the path to a new wisdom and understanding in the soul. We are not able to control everything that goes on outside so that is not where misery begins because it is an inside job where we control what goes on; consequently, the misfortune of life is not what happens to us, but what we let happen inside while we are living. No one can teach us to be spiritual because it grows from the inside out similar to a towering exquisite tree where we can’t see the roots that are underground, underneath the surface where we are inspired to stand up and reach for happiness.
In the grace and comfort of unity, a spiritual experience encounters a new heaven and a new earth where everything is united. The confusions on the physical plane, the duality of the sins and miseries of the mind are not remembered or renewed in this experience. In the present moment harmony we see the balance and unity of opposites. A center of heaven on earth has glory in our sorrows because at our lowest point we are the most open to change and renewal. The beast in us can lay in peace with our innocence in a new life where we are whole or holy. We just need a paradigm shift so the mind in not trapped in the brain. We are a part of the unified force field and we do interact with the universe, we just need to become aware of it. If we make this shift in consciousness our story becomes a love story and we stop blaming others for our misfortune. We reinterpret our memories, which we Christians call forgiveness, and we reinterpret the universe because the scientists are showing us that most of the universe is not perceived.
Ignore the criticisms and judgments of the mind and listen to the Divinity within. The mind is asking the questions, and it is the soul that answers them. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) We are in and a part of the infinite, but somehow we do the most difficult thing, which is to separate ourselves from infinity. The spirit is always there we just need to remove the obstructions that keep us from it. Jung called the harmonizing, the awareness of our unity with the infinite synchronicity. “Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.” (Carl Jung) God is in the present moment, but if you try to grasp or control this instant it is not there. The past, the present and the future are in the here and now along with God, they are not in the future. The problem is we are living in our mind in either in the past or the future while eternity is now. Christian Mysticism communicates to us that we can’t contain or restrict the present moment because it is infinity. There is a way to slow down, know and experience the harmony, synchronicity, peace and a manner to just be in the present moment. God is always in the present moment, we are the ones that are sporadic, sometimes here and sometimes there. Infinity is an ocean of pure consciousness while the soul is a wave. The mind is in the space time continuum so it can be a prison if we let it constrict our identity. The mind is not in the brain or the body, and we are not in the body or the mind. The mind, brain and body are within us. We just need to start identifying with the soul or wave that is connected to the ocean of pure consciousness.
After Physics is Quantum Physics and then we have Metaphysics. Metaphysics is attributed to Aristotle including the subject-matter of philosophy, science, wisdom, and theology. It corresponds to suppositions that do not change, and Aristotle also characterized it as the study of the first cause. Everything is still energy and sustained by energy, but Christian Mysticism takes energy to different levels of consciousness where energy is aware of itself. Living is consistent in all beings yet different at different levels of awareness. This awareness is a consciousness with different levels of understanding, intelligence, creativity, synchronization and tranquility. This is the level we are at in the present moment. This natural state of awareness and consciousness in the human being is just being mindful and attentive to what is happening. It is an experience that is beyond believing or seeking because it is the grace of acceptance and appreciation. Our future is determined not by our knowledge, but by how we apply that knowledge. This unfolding of the soul and its relationship to the Creator is what Christian Mysticism is all about. St. John of the Cross, a Spanish mystic said, “God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform.”
The awakening of self to the consciousness of Divine Reality is the first step taken in the Mystical life. It is the first step because our spiritual development starts the journey from intellect or the head to the heart or the experience of love. This new way of life is a transformation, one of the longest journeys you will take from the mind keeping rules to the heart that is respecting, loving and connecting to all. Everything begins to change in one’s relationships because they are redefined from a state of separation and fear to a state of unity and love. It starts with the scientific concept of The Unified Field of Energy and ends with the pure consciousness of God where no one is left behind in separation. Everything in this universe is made of energy, including us and the living cosmos that we are a part of. “The entire world we apprehend through our senses is no more than a tiny fragment in the vastness of Nature.” The German physicist Max Planck also said, “The photons which constitute a ray of light behave like intelligent human beings: out of all possible curves they always select the one which will take them most quickly to their goal.”
This hidden garden of ecstasy is not in any particular country or in some private area away from civilization. It lies within each one of us so we just have to find the keys to open the gates. The keys are hidden in the layers of the mind in our experiences, agonies and ecstasies. Listen with thought to the inner voice to properly understand what to do because your intuition is a key to find, enter and live in this heavenly kingdom. When you enter the garden, you will see the river of life skipping down to the sea. Every obstacle causes the water to dance, every waterfall roars with excitement and every bend brings new enjoyments. The garden has one purpose and that is to show you the totality of life, and the river’s aim is to merge with the ocean of pure consciousness. When one finds the river merging with the ocean, one can see Jesus walking on the waters on the ocean of pure consciousness.
Christian Mysticism is embodied within the church, but seems to be kept a secret, a mystery. The church’s authority is upheld without in a static system that gives a map that is marked to guide the surface personality. This philosophy examines the nature of God, but gives us very little information about the nature of man. This is where Christian Mysticism is a good balance because the church gives very little explanations about the soul and spirit, but mysticism does, showing us how to make the atmosphere favorable for the soul and spirit to be enjoyed, accepted, contemplated, and acted on so we can benefit from the experience. The atmosphere is there for us to use, not to make us miserable, so if a thought is not useful, elevating, or favorable then we do not keep our mind on it. It is not beneficial to entertain and hang on to bad, negative thoughts. Mysticism is the spirit within the individual giving a vision without rules and controllers because its purpose is to nourish from within and not attempt to control the exterior. The mystics say introspection is the innate tendency of the human spirit towards a complete harmony so the vehicle is not the senses, but the soul, spirit, or consciousness. The church uses laws and authority to reach a mind conditioned to the five senses in order to guide it inward while mysticism uses multidimensional, spiritual experiences to develop a spiritual consciousness inside that goes deeper within the soul. In other words, the institution is finding the inward in the outward while mysticism is discovering the innermost secret in the deepest privacy of the heart. God turns herself inside out for the mystic demonstrating that everything is a part of God agreeing with science that matter is considered to be spiritual. It is in God that we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:38) The medieval German mystic Mechtild of Magdeburg said, “The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw–and knew I saw–all things in God, and God in all things.”
The church has had a dim, narrow view of nature, man, and God for over a thousand years, so I place it at the base of the mountain. Mark Twain expressed it well when he said, “The so-called Christian nations are the most enlightened and progressive ... but in spite of their religion, not because of it.” The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our present time. At one time the use of anesthetic in childbirth was regarded as a sin because it circumvented the bible’s curse proclaimed against Eve. Every step in astronomy, geology and science has been unremittingly opposed by narrow-mindedness and superstition. The limited understanding by church leaders was already dissected by Martin Luther when Newtonian physics challenged the incomplete philosophy and the power projected by the church authorities. Thank God these great men moved forward the faith as far as it could go at the time. The work of Copernicus was banned by the church and Galileo was seized and threatened with jail for declaring that the earth revolved around the sun. Galileo was found guilty, and was sentenced by the Inquisition, issued on 22 June, 1633. On the next day his prescribed imprisonment was commuted to house arrest where he remained under arrest for the rest of his life.
Newtonian physics studied an external world that seemed to exist separate from us. Newton is quoted as saying that his studies for the fundamental laws of nature were inspired by a belief that the creator would have designed the world to run on simple principles so the church left him alone. He said, “Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.” Newtonian science started to chip away at the belief that the physical world is fragmented and divided into different parts that are disconnected. He demonstrated that there were relationships between the different parts and he called the force between these different experiences gravity. Isaac Newton was a visionary and stated, “If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.” He made crucial contributions to science to start it off on the journey to unity. Our founders of Western science did not comprehend the unified field that science recognizes today, but they did point us in the right direction. Newton could not explain the laws of the microscopic world because he could not observe them with the five senses. Galileo had a telescope, but Newton didn’t have a microscope. What Galileo saw through his telescope upset the Christian theological worldview which was based on Aristotle’s observations without a telescope. The Church refused to look through the telescope with the same line they use today that the Devil could make those things appear in that instrument. What Galileo observed were new facts that were unknown to Aristotle, but what is disturbing is that the facts were presented to the Church, and they refused to look or consider them. Galileo who died in the same year Newton was born gave Isaac Newton the foundation for his laws of motion.
Aristotle said that the natural tendency of an object in motion is to return to a state of rest. We can observe this in nature as Aristotle did with a wagon. We experience this today by pushing a car. If we stop pushing, the car will eventually stop. Aristotle believed that objects at rest remained at rest unless a force acted on them; the problem is that he thought that the object in motion did not remain in motion unless a force acted constantly on it. Galileo experimented and observed objects sliding down inclined planes. In this experiment he observed the hidden frictional force between the surface and the object that Aristotle was not able to perceive. He did this by putting oil on the incline and saw that the object sliding down went further before stopping. From this he hypothesized the law of inertia: if the frictional forces could be removed an object pushed at a constant speed would continue at that same speed forever after the pushing stopped. Galileo pointed out that, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
The church has built a wall around a small part of the infinite and has called it God with itself as the authority. I think when the church did this they divorced science and expelled it from their walled compound out of ignorance to the fact that science is describing the same phenomenon. I feel everyone is the authority of their experience of the infinite which is expanding with their awareness. In my mind the people who say they know God are expressing their experience which is not the total view because they would not be able to talk, write or express it in anyway. To know the totality of eternity one must become one with it beyond the mind in a state of oneness. As a Christian I have chosen the powerful image of Jesus Christ to represent the expression of the tangential point between the predicaments of living in a duality that exist in a unity that encompasses eternity. Christ embodies the awareness as seen through my dualistic mind to the universal mind that is aware of the unity of infinity. It is not that the material world will one day dissolve into Jesus Christ, but that the ego's extroverted tendencies will disappear exposing an ocean of diverse frequencies, vibrating, and communicating on different levels united in a whole. The Christ mind expresses this unity of self with God. Some quantum physicist say as joy and happiness increases it means we are moving towards wholeness or the Quantum self. Erwin Schrödinger was an Austrian physicist and theoretical biologist, known as one of the fathers of quantum mechanics said, “Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.”
Einstein stood on the shoulders of the others mentioned and built a bridge that establishes unity in energy. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity energy becomes mass and mass becomes energy, E= . The subatomic interaction of matter and energy is a dance of energy changing to mass and mass to energy, some say energy is mass. Mystics from both the East and West speak in similar concepts saying that creation is spiritual. There is no barrier between energy and mass between material and spiritual. They are one and the same like different sides of the same piece of paper. In the view of science there is no solid material in our world because the subatomic particles that make up the matter as we know them are mostly space and are made of energy. Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” This corresponds with what Einstein showed us, which is that light is matter and that matter is energy. “Let there be light,” is not a command, but consent or a kind of blessing. The effective sequence of creation and evolution is being sanctioned to take shape, to emerge into configurations of form with potential and choice of order. The mutable path of terrestrial evolution as we know it describes the lengthy channel by which atoms and molecules combined bit by bit to unify into a soft semisolid mass that is a discriminating consciousness in flesh. The atoms and molecules which are powering the stars combined and united to become male and female where thoughts create the experience and choose their bubble of reality. This ocean of potentiality, energy and information scientist call the Unified Field and mystics refer to it as God. I feel they both agree that there is a unity in the ocean of God’s pure consciousness or oneness in energy. “Let there be light and there was light.” The Christian mystic would say Genesis is articulating that God is turning inside out demonstrating to us that everything is God, light, energy, and spiritual. Einstein showed us that light is matter and that matter is energy, which turned the physical world inside out showing us that everything is an ocean of energy with different frequencies or fluctuations of energy. Genesis and Einstein are disclosing that the physical world or matter does not exist in the form that we perceive it. We can say that science has found God because in the Infinite Realm of Universal Consciousness everything is emitting electromagnetic energy endlessly uniting quantum particles or everything into a Quantum Consciousness. “That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God” stated Albert Einstein. The Sublime Divine presence or Divinity within our soul makes it so flesh is aware of its self and the different levels of energy or consciousness in the Supreme Consciousness some call God. Carl Sagan said it perfectly, “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”
We can compare the space in an atom with the space in the universe. If we put a ping pong ball in the middle of a football stadium to represent the nucleus of an atom, an electron would be a speck of dust at the top rim of that stadium. This representation demonstrates that solid mass is composed mostly of space. Einstein revealed to us that matter does not exist in the form that we observe. We sense and are of the opinion and the impression that matter is solid, but it largely consists of space creating an illusion of perception. Matter turns out to be just fluctuations of energy with different frequencies in a symphony of vibrations forming a unified field. The entities and gadgets that make up our world thanks to science and technology become visible and appear to be pure energy at some level. The “Quantum Entanglement Theory” states that there appears to be an eternal inter-connection between all elements. If two electrons are created together, they are forever “entangled,” much like two people in love. Regardless of the distance between the two electrons, a change in quantum spin in one electron immediately causes the other electron to change spin as well. Leon Balents, senior author published in the journal Nature Physics an article where he explains that Quantum Entanglement Theory expresses the magnitude to which measurement of one part of a system affects the state of another. In our example, measurement of one electron influences the state of another that may be far away. This strange phenomenon is where two or more particles are entangled and an action performed on one influences the others is so strange Einstein called it, “Spooky action at a distance.” This is like having a structure on Earth and another on the moon, and if you do something to the one on earth it would instantly affect the one on the moon. Once entangled, the two particles stay inseparably linked. Scientists have acknowledged that the entanglement of electrons is present in varying degrees in solid materials. This insinuates that information is being transmitted at speeds faster than light in this entanglement of particles. Some scientists claim that Quantum Entanglement substantiates that there is no such thing as space, and that everything in the universe is in touch. I would suggest that this space or subtle energy containing information is similar to the consciousness that Carl Jung referred to as the collective unconsciousness. He stated that the religious experience must be linked with the experience of the collective unconscious as opposed to the personal unconscious. Consequently, God is experienced as a psychic experience on a path that leads one to the realization of his/her psychic wholeness.
Energy is united at different stages or vibrations and is never destroyed, but it does interact and change from one energy frequency to a different vibration. One of most fundamental laws of science is the Law of the Conservation of Energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. Therefore, we can infer that energy is not currently being created. Present day measures of energy are considerably vast, indicating a power source so great that the words “endless or infinite" are the best words we have to describe it. The whole cosmos is inter-related energy interacting at different vibrations or frequencies. This unified field of energy is information reacting in a field of intelligence that we can label as consciousness. Christian Mysticism gives us the vision that this energy that makes up everything that moves the force fields of this Earth of ours is a part of the pure consciousness of God. We are experiencing this change and will be able to move and flow with it if we see the path upon which we are moving. Christian Mysticism offers a window to see a path to the soul and to an experience of the unified field within God if one chooses, but there are many ways to wisdom, the soul and God. Choose the path that is generous and big-hearted not the narrow one that is small-minded, uncaring and selfish because all paths lead nowhere, but they do have side-effects. We are already there or here so I say all paths lead nowhere. Therefore, choose the path that will open the heart in order to perceive the dream. There are many paths up the one mountain and many rivers flow into the endless sea of consciousness because there is one light, one truth, but many windows. Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut said about his return home, "Instead of an intellectual search, there was suddenly a very deep gut feeling that something was different… that there was a purposefulness of the flow, of energy, of time, of space and the cosmos… that it was beyond man's rational ability to understand, that suddenly there was a non-rational way of understanding that had been beyond my previous experience… There seems to be more to the universe than random, chaotic, purposeless movement of a collection of molecular particles…On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space towards the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, and harmonious."
Quantum mechanics, the new physics states that we can’t observe existence without changing it or ourselves because we are a part of it and can’t be separated. The scientists no longer think we are disconnected, but interwoven and linked together. There is no longer an independent observer of the world or an experiment because it turns out that we are involved in the world that we observe. John Wheeler an American theoretical physicist and collaborator with Albert Einstein said we should replace the word observer with the word participator. We are living and participating in this great universe at the same time. Christian Mysticism today only wants to introduce Christians to the interaction and interplay of nature and ourselves by climbing into the heart of Christ. "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in all....." (Ephesians 4:6) Our deeper understanding suggests that a top-quality person values others more than he/she values itself or values love more than physical desires. Our path to love and fulfillment brings us into alignment with this deeper understanding. It seems according to the Quantum view that we are interconnected and our meaning surfaces from our relationship to the whole, our energy mixing with energy. We have already started up the hill and can start to perceive that the separate parts of the universe are connected in a direct way in a unified field of energy. In the approach of Quantum Mechanics, a contemplation of God in the function of pure energy will enable us to perceive God permeating all things, communicating, and surrounding us in the form of resources that are willing to assist us at any second. Everything is energy internally and externally, it is the pure energy of God making contact with us. This energy is more than what we see with the five senses; it is a symphony of vibrations of light and sound infused with a goodness that comes alive with meaning and purpose. Without respect it seems the results are violence and a harshness that makes us contract and shrivel. No longer limited to the five-sensory mentality we pass fear and the need for physical survival. We pass Cain and Abel and the need to seek power over one another. Continuing on the path up the mountain or within ourselves we admire and esteem the solar systems of atoms in our cells with large quantities of energy. Initiated by fear and the competition for external power the atom bomb flashed and released a great amount of energy demonstrating the power and force that is contained in one atom. It caused countless suffering in individuals and species, but on our way to the soul we perceive another luminary of power, a capability to love life in any arrangement without judgment. One becomes joyously engaged with the world directly experiencing the authentic power in the energy of love. We seem to become an organism that stops pursuing external power, but pursues the authentic power or Divinity within. This ends the evolution of the five-sensory human and starts the development of the multisensory consciousness present within everyone. The comprehension of Christ and other great illuminators can now begin to be comprehended and appreciated in their enlightened consciousness. “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ,” Mahatma Gandhi said. Hildegard of Bingen was a medieval mystic known as St. Hildegard. She was a German religious teacher at a time when women were often not recognized in the public and religious spheres. She was also an author, counselor, artist, physician, healer, dramatist, linguist, naturalist, philosopher, poet, political consultant, visionary, and composer of music. She wrote theological, naturalistic, botanical, medicinal, and dietary texts as well as letters, liturgical songs, poems, and plays. She said, “God hugs you. You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.” She also said, “God has arranged all things in the world in consideration of everything else.” This corresponds to modern science where there is an explanation for everything. This confidence that nothing happens without some cause or reason has its origins in religion before science existed. I gave you the excerpt from Newton where he said his search for the laws of nature were prompted by a belief that a wise creator would have designed the universe to run on simple principles. This rational creator is a single entity united with everything and not many gods as some Christians would have you believe. He/She/It is a reasonable, realistic creator and not an arbitrary agent who creates in unpredictable and irrational ways. Saint Hildegard said, “Every element has a sound, an original sound from the order of God; all those sounds unite like the harmony from harps and zithers.”
Quantum mechanics, the new physics states that we can’t observe existence without changing it or ourselves because we are a part of it and can’t be separated. The scientists no longer think we are disconnected, but interwoven and linked together. There is no longer an independent observer of the world or an experiment because it turns out that we are involved in the world that we observe. John Wheeler an American theoretical physicist and collaborator with Albert Einstein said we should replace the word observer with the word participator. We are living and participating in this great universe at the same time. Christian Mysticism today only wants to introduce Christians to the interaction and interplay of nature and ourselves by climbing into the heart of Christ. "One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all....." (Ephesians 4:6 NRSV) Our deeper understanding suggests that a top-quality person values others more than it values itself or values love more than physical desires. Our path to fulfillment brings us into alignment with this deeper understanding.
It seems according to the Quantum view that we are interconnected and our meaning surfaces from our relationship to the whole, our energy mixing with energy. We have already started up the hill and can start to perceive that the separate parts of the universe are connected in a direct way in a unified field of energy. In the approach of Quantum Mechanics, a contemplation of God in the function of pure energy we can perceive God pervading all things, communicating, and surrounding us is in the form of resources that are willing to assist us at any second. Everything is energy internally and externally, it is the pure energy of God making contact with us. This energy is more than what we see with the five senses; it is a symphony of vibrations of light and sound infused with a goodness that comes alive with meaning and purpose. Without respect it seems the results are violence and a harshness that makes us contract and shrivel. No longer limited to the five-sensory mentality we pass fear and the need for physical survival. We pass Cain and Abel and the need to seek power over one another. Continuing on the path up the mountain or within ourselves we admire and esteem the solar systems of atoms in our cells with large quantities of energy. Initiated by fear and the competition for external power the atom bomb flashed and released a great amount of energy demonstrating the power and force that is contained in one atom. It caused countless suffering in individuals and species, but on our way to the soul we perceive another king of power, a capability to love life in any arrangement without judgment. One becomes joyously engaged with the world directly experiencing the authentic power of love. We seem to become an organism that stops pursuing external power, but pursues the authentic power or Divinity within. This ends the evolution of the five-sensory human and starts the development of the multisensory consciousness present in everyone.
Gratitude does not need anything on the part of the individual except innocence and simplicity. No effort is needed and it must devoid of any intellectual play or emotion. Gratitude is a surrendering to God and is never on the level of thinking. If one doesn't like the word God it is just being or a surrendering to the higher self. I feel we need to surrender the thinking to make a mood for gratitude or surrender the thinking level of gross consciousness to achieve the bliss and gratitude of a higher awareness. It seems gratitude and joy come together as a package and is a kind of spiritual practice that can be awakened. Christian Mysticism
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. It 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 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. Christian Mysticism guides one to the soul which automatically relaxes the mind and in turn the body, but the terror some profess will never relax the mind because it only activates fear.
Christian Mysticism does not destroy the Christianity one is accustomed to, the rituals, the symbols or the history. It is like climbing a mountain and getting a new and more spacious view. Christianity brings one to the mountain and Christian Mysticism increases the connections making the Christian environment richer and more meaningful. The point where we started in Christianity still exist and is still a part of our culture, but it appears smaller as we climb the mountain and awaken to an all-inclusive, and an all-encompassing comprehension.
The church has had a dim, narrow view for over a thousand years, so I place it at the base of the mountain. The restricted understanding by church leaders was already scrutinized by Martin Luther when Newtonian physics challenged the limited philosophy and the power projected by the church authorities. Copernicus work was banned by the church and Galileo was seized and threatened with jail for declaring that the earth revolved around the sun. The old Newtonian physics measures an external world that exists separate from us. Quantum mechanics, the new physics on the other hand states that we can’t observe existence without changing it or ourselves because we are a part of it and can’t be separated. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity energy becomes mass and mass becomes energy, E=MC2. It seems according to the new view that we are interconnected and our meaning arises from our relationship to the whole, energy mixing with energy. We have already started up the hill and can now see that the separate parts of the universe are connected in unity in a direct way.
In the way of Quantum Mechanics we can think of God as pure energy pervading all things because we are communicating with energy around us every second. God is everything so the energy in the here and now internally and externally is God making contact with us. Einstein showed us that matter is energy so accepting responsibility for our actions the thought arises, “What kind of energy are we being put back?” This energy can love or hate so God’s energy would be pure love. The belief institutions teach us to rely on the systems and not our own connections to the love around us so we restructure our skills, but I feel we need to understand the frequencies and subtle energies of love because the Divine energy of pure love permeates and connects all things. Understanding the limitations of belief institutions, we need to realize our own potential. Love is the key, not the narrow interpretations of doctrines. Every person is in the mind of Christ living and communicating with the absolute and unconditional love surrounding us. Just being in harmony we find the Truth and it sets us free.
Everything is energy more than what we see with the five senses, a symphony of vibrations of light and sound. We have solar systems of atoms in our cells and the atom bomb has shown the great amount of energy in one atom when it is released. Einstein proved that gravity warps and curves the matrix of space so everything in the universe has an effect on everything else. Steve Hawkins is working of the formula for the wave of the whole universe, one vibration or uni-verse. Something universal is going on. Buddha, Lao Tzu, St Theresa and Jesus did not know each other. They lived in different times, places, and different cultures but all describe similar sequences, events or stages of this energy, matrix, consciousness, or love, which we call God.
In Christian Mysticism every person has the potential to be a living Christ if one stops imitating and starts being. It seems we are not just spectators, but vectors participating, co-creators gaining knowledge and experience as we rise in frequency. Some polarize energy and manipulate the masses with tension, fear and division, but that is their choice between the energy of love and the energy of fear. Freedom of choice means we have the free will to center in whatever energy we choose.
In the grace and comfort of unity, a spiritual experience encounters a new heaven and a new earth where everything is united. The confusions on the physical plane, the duality of the sins and miseries of the mind are not remembered or renewed in this experience. In the present moment harmony we see the balance and unity of opposites. A center of heaven on earth has glory in our sorrows because at our lowest point we are the most open to change and
renewal. The beast in us can lay with our innocence in a new life where we are
whole or holy.
Jesus said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” It provides us with a functional answer to the many problems of our present life. This call for love tells us that we are united and that no other person is separate or apart in God’s spiritual encounter. Recognizing that we are all one in God’s mindfulness gives us full protection in His unity by integrating our individual life with the world around us and providing a basic harmony and equilibrium in our hearts and minds. God’s creation is a tapestry of loving relationships at different levels. The ecstasy starts with loving who you are at this time no matter what you have done or tell yourself. We start and exist at a level we are capable of accepting. It is not a matter of waiting until we have reached a place or certain intensity because all states of love and unity are available right now. Love is timeless with all possibilities in the past and future existing now in the unity of this present moment. Love the impurities you start with because they can be a motivating factor to awaken the self. We are in the infinite and are not going to pass through infinity without making a mistake. The people who love hell are in heaven. The mystics of every religion talk about this unity, the new physics is talking about it and the Christian mystics past and present are talking about it in the closet of the church. The problem is they keep it secret with a locked door that is hard to get in and out of. Thomas Carlyle, a Calvinist stated that the soul gives unity to what it looks at with love.”
I like the term Christian Enlightenment as a movement to bridge the gap that exists between Christians and Fundamentalist. Enlightenment is a concept, which means being illuminated by acquiring new wisdom or understanding. While Fundamentalist go on the path of Inquisition, Christian Enlightenment will take the road of silent contemplation. I see it as a spiritual journey through the mountains, valleys, jungles and deserts of our minds. A journey to Christ consciousness beyond time, space and words so it can't be described with words or what Fundamentalist see as facts from scriptures so we will have to hint at the different levels of consciousness that can be reached spiritually. Looking into the meanings of scripture I think we can form a new concept of life, which helps form a new humanity on the individual, Christian and community level.
In Western religions I think God and Truth have become institutionalized which is good for a few if it puts God in their heart, but for most it has only fossilized Truth and God so it doesn't live on its own. The followers think they have to defend religion beating a dead horse into the ground. The mystics of those religions and people who have had a spiritual experience put their hearts in God which gives them a wider angle of vision so they might have come from one religion, but they feel related to all religions not only the fossil. For these individuals scripture is not a matter of facts, but a matter of meanings for the spiritual aspirant. The spiritual experience is a journey into eternity beyond time, space and words so it can't be described. The words only hint at different levels of consciousness, which threatens the people institutionalized so they become more aggressive because of their fear.
We need to be able to see God in the church and God outside the church because the churches our locked almost all week so we are lucky that we can be with God 7 days a week. See God all the time with the heart and the head. Love on a grand scale and God as inclusive, not exclusive is the key that opens the mind to be with God at all times.
Everything is first developed in the unseen, before it is visible in the world we see. The spiritual ideal from the soul is first invisible before it manifests into the material world. In the material world it is manipulated with the intellect, desires and people of authority who want power. I think the best thing is to live sincerely and act without words. The soul to soul contact is a communication on a much higher plane than just verbal preaching.
The Christ way is to lay aside our fears, doubts and worries so we can enter into a silent, peaceful contemplation of God the Father. God's consciousness is within us and destroys our doubts and fears, and casts out all uncertainty and disbelief. If people let go, drop every fear from their mind, and enter into inner communion with the Father in the Medium of love as the fundamental element, one will draw full, complete and perfect joy, which causes one to surrender to the Father. The joy is the proof that it is not superstition. God removes every mental obstruction to peace because we surrender all confusion, doubt, condemnation and judgment to Him. I feel my station is to help people find the inner joy, love and silence that is inside of them with Jesus as a guide because I feel this is what Jesus has done for me.
Some Christian philosophies and theories have a lack of total explanation; therefore, they have lost the power to bring about the original, spiritual, experience of oneness and have become superstitions and an impediment on the road to spiritual development. The world that intersects spirituality and Christianity is unclear and confusing because some ministers and priest are preaching to control the mass, their flock and not to instill a spiritual experience with Christ. With Christian explanations, we can touch the point, the pulse, the essence of the real problem which is the relation between the individual consciousness and the mystery of all life, the universal Christ consciousness, but the imagination and intuition are vital to this understanding so that God ceases to be an object and becomes an actual experience.
The parable of the ten bridesmaids is a reminder to keep our inner self-filled with the light of joy to constantly reflect and renew, to do the simple things with great care, to be willing to see what is basic, and to be willing to change and respond as need be. We are lovers, bridesmaids and grooms meant to wonder, eager to take the world into our hearts as we are wedded to the Holy Spirit. Our lamps illuminating a peaceful center that everyone can see. People presenting beauty, warmth, friendship and even kind words to others are the light. The oil of the light can't be given because it is spiritual and is obtained individually from the Holy Spirit. Living in the moment we are ready for the banquet and Jesus takes us there with his grace. We can give off light, give a moment so people can live in the moment, but we can't give the oil. We give the moment. We are the brides married to Jesus, the moment, the grace, the wonder, and the amazement of life so let us all be in love.
Are we prepared to meet Jesus, live in the moment and love life? Are we keeping oil in our lamps so that when life beckons us into the many intimate, spiritual relationships, we are able to see where we are going? Or do we stumble in the dark relying on others to give us the oil. The oil they give might not even work. The preaching nowadays is not spiritual, but bitter and full of anger.
Praise the Lord for the joy and grace He gives us.
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