The Mystical World

God is both wholly transcendent and profoundly immanent; that is, God is beyond all creation yet somehow mysteriously hidden within all creation. That’s what the mystics tell us. I get it…and I don’t get it. In a flood of words, religion explains the unexplainable. Spirituality enters the mystery. It is dreadfully limiting that we only have language to communicate our speechless inner experience that transcends words.

Most people find mystics and mysticism to be daunting and discomforting. It’s too other-worldly and perplexing. But the mystical is simply what lies just below the surface. As soon as you open your heart to God, you are in the mystical world. You don’t need to be a theologian to enter the realm of mysticism; my hunch is that God isn’t interested in theology. God is interested in your heart; God wants your heart. But our hearts are usually occupied territory. Mysticism helps us surrender what we truly need to let go of in order for God to occupy our hearts.


2 Responses to “The Mystical World”

  1. 1 Jose Luis February 5, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Good stuff. I especially like how you describe mysticism: staying long and present enough with something, whether a person, place, situation, etc in spite of the ego’s capriciousness, dismissiveness, judgements, etc to find God’s Presence.

    I also like how St. Ignatius of Loyola, who started as a solldier much like St. Francis of Assisi puts it: finding God in all things.

    Again, thank you for the incredible, beautiful, and nourishing posts!

    Paz y Bien,
    José Luis

  2. 2 aliceny February 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you for this plainly said thought — especially for the last two sentences.
    My heart is usually occupied territory – filled with all sorts of thoughts and concerns that I think are important, or at least have priority, thus shutting out The One – the only One – who can help me to sort out the mess I’ve made of things. . I think the problem for me may be that I don’t bring myself to silence, turn off the unimportant static, issue the invitation, and open the door – wide.

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