“A lot of folks will read the word “mysticism” and stop right there having been taught or told that mystics are somehow of an evil vein.
The truth is that the heart …when alone….when on knees or prostrate before God…or crying out to Jesus…Mary…whomever, and not following the “diagram” of what the status quo thinks is “faith” or “salvation” are in midst of deep mysticism as they push there Spirit beyond the “soul noise” of religion as we know it.
Jesus, when he prayed for us “that we be one with the Father…as he was one with the Father” in relationship was asking us to become something human as well as divine…to reach inside and touch the indwelling spirit that “stands at the door and knocks” like the Gentleman/Gentlewoman that the spirit is…longing to touch us as much as we NEED to touch God…This divine “spark” is what most men are longing for as they follow there diagrams and rituals…
Mysticism to me is the personal encounter one has with God in all the many forms that it may come and ALL are mystics at one point and time if not all the time…because God meets us on the road we are on. The mystics most certainly desires and understands this…or what would be the point of “reaching” out for God beyond the diagrams of “status quo” religion, no matter what “form” you practice.
Jesus himself went to Temple as was his CUSTOM..but the life lived outside that Temple was one of a “mystic” indeed…God was attainable..able to be heard..and always concerned with us from the hairs of our head…to our daily bread…knowing this is what makes the mystic not just a dreamer..but a carrier of the life of God to be shared..life freed from the bonds of status quo and unleashed into the Kingdom…”on earth as it is in heaven…” We are “mystics” indeed…”
Yes, I would say Jesus himself was a Mystic. We all are mystics, because as He is, so are we in this world. We note that Jesus often went on retreats to the mountains to pray and commune with the Father.
Come to think of it, there was no record of Jesus praying to the Father in synagogues or temples. He only went to synagogues on Sabbath days to teach the crowds about who He is (such as He is the bread of life, the good shepherd, etc) and to heal the sick occasionally. His deepest prayer to the Father is in the garden of Gethsemane before He was crucified. On both occasions when the Father spoke aloud to Him “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”, it was in the outdoors – the first time, at the River Jordan when Jesus was baptised, and the second time, at the Mount of transfiguration.
So, it looks like our Father spoke the clearest to us, affirming we are His beloved children, not in a synagogue or church building, but in Nature places such as by the river or on a mountain. That shows that we don’t go to “church” to hear God; rather, we simply go to our own private sanctuary and be still, and we will know the “I Am” speaking to us in gentle whispers. Yes, instead of some preachers’ angry condemning voices booming from the pulpit, we hear the still, small voice saying to us “I love you, my beloved child” in the stillness of our heart.
Yea, God or Divine Love is always with us, and whispers words of love and grace in our heart, and we can learn to listen to His warm, loving voice whenever there is peace and stillness within us.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” John Muir