Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Monday, January 13, 2014

Let's all be mystics

Don’t let the word “mystic” scare you off. It simply means one who has moved from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience. All spiritual traditions agree that such a movement is
possible, desirable, and available to everyone. In fact, Jesus seems to say that divine union is the whole point! (See, for example, John 10:28-38 or John 15:1-9.)

Some call this movement conversion, some call it enlightenment, some transformation, and some holiness. It is Paul’s “third heaven,” where he “heard things that must not and cannot be put into human language” (2 Corinthians 12:2, 4). Consciously or not, far too much organized religion has a vested interest in keeping you in the first or second heaven, where all can be put into proper language and deemed certain. This keeps you coming back to church, and it keeps us clergy in business.

This is not usually the result of ill will on anybody’s part; it’s just that you can lead people only as far as you yourself have gone. Transformed people transform people. When they talk so glibly about what is always Mystery, it’s clear that many clergy have never enjoyed the third heaven themselves, and they cannot teach what they do not know. Theological training without spiritual experience is deadly. As Pope Francis says, such preaching bores “the one who is doing it and also the one who has to listen to it.”                                           Richard Rohr

I always wanted to be a “mystic”
I always believed that faith should be
in some profound way “mystical”

there is no question in my mind
that this things we are all about
that some call religion
and others just call spirituality

is about experience
Jesus was an experience
that is

and faith is really all about the heart
and only
in some
about the head

it is all about that moment when we “get it”
when something deep inside us (call it what you will)
connects with something big
really big

when the infinite
becomes the intimate


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