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  Mystery & Mysticism What makes someone a mystic?

Why do some people have intense mystical encounters while others suspect that the ear of the Sacred is not turned their way? And if we don’t have super-charged moments with God, does that mean we are not as spiritually evolved, that we’re stuck in some evolutionary holding tank for those who haven’t developed the spiritual equivalent of standing up straight?

To be quite frank, is the mystical life something we want to aspire to, anyway? Most mystics, it seems, are single, childless, and committed to some type of holy order. Must we turn our back on the world, on marriage and family? Does being a mystic require quitting your job, saying goodbye to your possessions and devoting your day to staring heavenward?

The problem we have with our conception of mystics may be partially due to reportage. Not many people are called mystics these days, but in fact a mystic may be as close to you as the next office. The mystic’s life is different, as different as we all are from those around us. For the mystical life is one committed, as writer Evelyn Underhill proclaimed, to a union with Reality. Mystics open their soul to the divine in complete surrender, knowing that God is ultimately in control, and their mission is to listen, with a singularity of purpose, to the voice of God wherever that may be found.

And where do they find the Divine speaking: in nature, in the plight of the oppressed, in the dark days of the soul, and in the kitchen scrubbing pots. In essence, God is everywhere for the mystic, and what makes someone a mystic is the ability to see through the fog of everyday circumstances and discern the pure light of holiness.

We can learn from the mystics--their writing, their poetry and their processes--how to move toward a clearer vision. Here we offer a brief look at why some are considered mystics, and what is mystical about their experience. We also offer some practices that can help us shed our shell of selfhood and open ourselves to the divine. We may not have mysterious visions, receive the gift of healing touch or be able to see into another’s soul, but there are other signs indicating an intimate connection to God. We all are invited to be in close relationship with the Holy. How that connection takes shape is really up to the Mystery of God.



> What makes
someone a Mystic?

> How do I find the
Mystic Path?

> What can I learn
from Mystic Poets?

> How can I nurture
my connection to the Sacred?



>How can I explore
the Mystery?

>What can I know for certain?

>What shows me that
God cares?

>How can Jesus help
me understand?

>Where can I touch
the edge of heaven?


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