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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Re:Mysticism and faith

I loved that last post Peter and I see your point about holding on. However I really think that if you pulled some peoples hands away from what they hold tightly to, they would float away with the current. Some seem to like the comfort of a closed box. The walls give them comfort and security. If they venture outside the box, the whole of reality is too much for them to grasp. Perhaps in time, they will be able to move freely back and forth for a while and realize they don't need the safety of the box, but I've been told by a minister that most of his people stay firmly in the box and if he wished to preach outside the box then he would lose his job. I still think these people demonstrate faith. They hold tightly to the law to guide them, but have faith that their particular practices are what gives them salvation. For me, I agree, I had to let go. If i didn't the weight was going to pull me under. In my visits inside the box I found that everyone can back up their claims to the truth with scripture. Sometimes even the exact same scripture read by different eyes.
Also i really don't see mysticism as a threat to the church. I am clearly following a contemplative path and have no ties to a church, but still feel the pull to belong to a family of Christians. it might take me a while to find a place (and overcome my social anxiety), but i still feel this longing to be a part of something that is bigger than me.
i love your posts Peter and you are teaching me to see things more completely. Thanks!
Lou Craddock

Lou Craddock




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