“Every religion in the world has had a subset of devotees who seek a direct, transcendent experience with God, excusing themselves from fundamentalist scriptural or dogmatic study in order to personally encounter the divine. The interesting things about these mystics is that, when they describe their experiences, they all end up describing exactly the same occurrence. Generally, their union with God occurs in a meditative state, and is delivered through an energy source that fills the entire body with euphoric, electric light.”
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert
These words fit me where I am. I feel that I am excusing myself from the expected norms of my particular faiths practice in order to personally experience the divine. Personally experiencing the divine has always been a very big part of the direction of my life. In fact I have experienced that energetic & electric sensation that comes with connection to ‘the divine’, I’ve also experienced it as a well, like a great tide of water, filling me up and spilling out through my mouth.
I like this next bit about Saint Teresa of Avila, I think I might look her up later.
“Saint Teresa of Avila, that most mystical of Catholic figures, described her union with God as a physical ascension of light through seven inner “mansions” of her being, after which she bust into God’s presence. She used to go into meditative trances so deep that the other nuns couldn’t feel her pulse anymore.”
My own mystical role models, who sit within the tenements of my own particular creed, are Agnes Sandford, Leanne Payne, Dorothy Sayers. I’ve stuck with women as surely that is more realistic than attempting to approach life through a mans eyes, and they are there so why look further. Oh and I’m also liking this Elizabeth Gilbert person. I’ve quoted her from her Ted talk about creativity in a past blog, and boy, that stuff has still stuck with me. I like it a lot. I like her approach to life a lot, but I wouldn’t call her my guru or anything, not like the others.