To “see” more

f anmysticd why I struggle to spend more time in silence

I have always been a fan of the mystics. They have such a deep connection with the “unknowable.” This piece by Richard Rohr has helped me to see that my thinking is totally non-linear and more in sync with the mystics. I have never seen things as totally right or wrong, left or right. I have always had an issue with totally scientific thinking. I don’t think it is wrong I just think that there is more. There is the intangible piece that I see (much more dimly than the true mystics). I think most of us have had a moment when the “unknowable” has broken through and we see “beyond.” It is what I seek to see more of and why I struggle to spend more time in silence and meditation and listening. In order to “see” more I am the one who must reach out.

and meditation and listening. In order to “see” more I am the one who must reach out.

julian norwich“When I use the word “mystical” I am referring to experiential knowing instead of just intellectual, textbook, or dogmatic knowing. A mystic sees things in their wholeness, connection, and union, not only their particularity. Mystics get a whole gestalt in one picture, beyond the sequential and separated way of seeing that most of us encounter in everyday life. In this, mystics tend to be closer to poets and artists than to linear thinkers. Obviously, there is a place for both, but since the European Enlightenment of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there has been less and less appreciation of such seeing in wholes. The mystic was indeed considered an “eccentric” (off center), but maybe mystics are the most centered of all, which leads them to emphasizing love as the center, the goal, and the motivating energy of everything.

The word mystic is not a title of superiority. It’s rather that mystics see things differently. Mystics are nondual seers. They don’t think one side is totally right and the other side is totally wrong. They can see that each side has a part of the truth. When people on either side of any contentious issue cannot love one another, it means they don’t have the big message yet.”                Richard Rohr

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  1. Scripture says that in the Last Days God will pour out His spirit on all flesh. “Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17 Joel 2:28) So, yes, some of us have visions, dreams, and other “experiential” messages from God.
    HOWEVER, Scripture also tells us to TEST THE SPIRITS, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (I John 4:1) If what our visions are telling us doesn’t line up with what God has already told us in His Word, we should reject it.
    Although I have had numerous dreams I believe were from God, I would be uncomfortable being called a “mystic,” and I always test the spirits.

    P. S. I have blogged some of my most memorable dreams: “Sacrifice,” Parts 1, 2, and 3, (May 10,17, and 24) “No Turning Back, No Turning Back,” (November 2, 2018) “Royal Wedding,” (May 18, 2018) and “The Dream That Broke My Heart,” (February 11, 2018).


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