Practical Mysticism - CHAPTER VI - LOVE AND WILL

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"Only the real, say the mystics, can know Reality, for “we behold that which we are,” the universe which we see is conditioned by the character of the mind that sees it: and this realness—since that which you seek is no mere glimpse of Eternal Life, but complete possession of it—must apply to every aspect of your being, the rich totality of character, all the “forces of the soul,” not to some thin and isolated “spiritual sense” alone."

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Mysticism and Faith

Hi Maria,

Thanks for the reply. I was trying to show that a mystic (of any faith) that had experienced God would have no argument with Christianity. Because the experience of God, includes as I understand it, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

You say that "If we believe in the Trinity, and all three persons are one-then yes, Christ dwells in us." As mystics, we will come to experience this. We will move beyond belief.

Does this actually begin to identify the problems that some people feel with mysticism? That mysticism might remove the necessity for faith and belief.

Alan Watts defines faith in the following manner: "Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be."

Thus I would further argue that as EU has described it, the mystic dives into God with faith...


Peter Smith
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