If You Are Not Allowed To Freely Explore You Only Find What Others Want You To. Nothing Is Yours Unless You Find It. Here are general concepts and definitions of Christian Mysticism and the Mysteries.
Mysticism is universal and every religion represents mysticism to a fuller or a lesser extent to accommodate the spiritual maturity of the culture that happens to have adopted it. Christianity is the latest revelation of mysticism to the world, bringing an entirely new concept with it. Even though Christianity is the greatest blessing given to humanity, humanity has a way of working against itself in spite of advantages given. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that Christian religion is often not necessarily synonymous with Christianity itself.
Those that have left to posterity the way towards finding their own mysticism are called prophets and the genuine among them have always been few. Here we are presenting the mysteries of mysticism through the works of Franz Bardon, Jakob Lorber and Paracelsus, Emanuel Swedenborg, Robert Fludd and others for the purpose of spiritual growth by differentiating truth from falsehood and good from evil.
A clearer introduction into the laws that govern existence has never been made at any time in history. Christian Mysticism has historically been avoided by church patriarchs while at the same time true Christian mystics were seldom heard. They were however often suppressed and persecuted. When they spoke they were often silenced; their writings burned or banned. Mysticism in general is not the sole domain of the elite, it is for all who have the courage and will to pursue. Mysticism is much more than a philosophical or scholarly pursuit because as such it would remain as theory and find no practical unfolding. In the same vein, what Christian Mysticism is and what it is not, can never be determined in this way. A carpenter cannot be a carpenter without applying his skill in working to making useful wooden artifacts. A mystic can never be a mystic unless he applies the laws of mysticism practically. Then he would have earned the right to present or teach mysticism by virtue of having firsthand knowledge of it. Plenty of speculative work is written by the scholarly on this subject based on the work of real mystics without coming to any real conclusions leaving the reader just as empty as when he started reading. This article is intended to introduce certain basic concepts as they have presented by the above mentioned authors. It is hoped that these words might generate an interest in what has been an age old pursuit of a few that now in our troubled times is being made available for all.
|Franz Bardon||Hermes Trismegistus||Michele de Nostradamus||Robert Fludd||Paracelsus|
|Jakob Lorber||Emanuel Swedenborg||Karl von Eckartshausen||Gottfried Mayerhofer||Jakob Boehme|
In our times when we tell ourselves that the old superstitions are dead in lieu of modern science there are a surprising number of literary and cinematographic works that delight in toying with the notion of Mysticism presented as matter of fact human behavior.
The list is a long one. Movies like the Indiana Jones series, Harry Potter, Big Trouble in Little China, Star Wars, the various Vampire, and Spiritual Possession genre to name a few, all deal with certain aspects of the ancient mysteries, ghosts, powers and abilities that are supernatural, miraculous and generally beyond the norm. Granted they exaggerate, are very narrow and often very inaccurate in their portrayal of things spiritual but at times are quite accurate. With few exceptions Hollywood deals primarily with the dark side of this intriguing topic. Yet, everyone is enchanted by the subject matter and are drawn to the possibility of it actually being possible.
There are legends of people from all cultures having miraculous abilities. Those dealing with such forces positively and for the benefit of others were rightfully called Saints. The very best among them were called Magus (magicians) or Adepts. None of these prophessed a specific religion even though they were model Christians.
They dealt in universalities which by definition are from a singular source. “Uni – verse – al,” meaning “from a singular word ( or Law – FIAT).” Whatever an individual conceives this Law Giving Source to be. In the West we use the word God to define this indescribable, unfathomable concept. Others may call it Tao, Deo, Domini, Dio, Gott, Zeus, Allah, Deus, Jehovah or Jehovah Zaboath, etc., these different names all mean “God” but, they differ in sound to culturally express or reflect the different aspects of the same Being. Note: There are only 72 possible names on Earth by which the Deity can be defined. (Kabbalah)
Concept of Mysticism – That the Universe exists and is alive is a fact. It is the Laws that control it that are the subject of the Mysteries. That God acts and controls creation is also a fact, how He does what He does is the mystery. Why belabor the former when it is the latter that matters. Whatever brings us closer to God’s creation and its workings will also bring us closer to their Maker. A purely physical science will never do.
Modern day physics only explain a small portion of what is. Within the scope of Mysticism is also the spiritual side of physics. The New Revelation covers this in great detail making it part of Christian Mysticism. Modern secular thought skirts the issue altogether, ascribing the term Mystery to classifying any phenomenon that they cannot fully explain.
No one group can exclusively lay claim to the Mysteries.
Christian Mysticism is an intangible topic in our modern times largely because in Christian societies past and present it has been largely ignored, discouraged, sometimes regarded as evil or reserved for the elite. Consequently, it has been relegated to the realm of fantasy.Rarely if ever will anyone learn about Christian Mysteries from Christian institutions. What is likely taught is the rudimentary existence of God and the life and existence of Jesus Christ which of course is true and good; but this is a very short story. What is more heavily taught are pre-interpreted scriptural studies that are biased towards their particular Christian sect, the importance and necessity of adherence to that particular sects customs and ceremonies, the importance of monetary remuneration towards these institutions, deference towards the hierarchy of that institution, or instruction on proper moral behavior. These teachings are not necessarily bad in themselves but they are certainly not mysteries. Often, their purpose is to hold people to the institutions.
The time is quickly coming when these institutions will be no more. Not because people will have destroyed them, but because people will gradually abandon them in lieu of the truer Christianity. The teaching of the Christian Mysteries will once again return as is foretold in the New Revelation of Jakob Lorber.
The Christian mysteries are often labeled by the derogatory term “occult.” This term is largely used out of ignorance. In the past those who dared ask deeper spiritual questions or thought outside of official Church doctrines were labeled “heretics” and were quickly disposed of. This was of course done for political reasons but at times there was some merit to this also. Historically there has been much mischief created by those who dabbled in things that were beyond their maturity.
Upon investigation the word “occult” is of Latin origin and means “hidden,” or “worshipping in hiding.” Clearly something hidden is not necessarily something that is evil. To simply hide something does not make it become evil. The first Christians had to worship in secret. They were literally the first occultists.
Yes, there are those who dabble in the dark arts having absolutely no idea as to what it is they are investigating. These arts are by definition no more or less occult than attending church. Both acts address something non-physical, both actions are metaphysical, during both acts people are seeking something higher. The difference is only one of intent. Christian Mysticism is by definition not a dark art. As its name suggests, it is a body of knowledge that makes spiritual things active for the Christian seeker. A reasonable cold blooded investigation of spiritual matters usually does no harm. Ignorance and an imposed ignorance is by far worse.
Without knowledge of good and evil we become subject to the actions of others. Knowledge gathered with love is useful. The mystics of history sought only to disseminate useful knowledge that people might mature spiritually and come closer to God Mystics. There have been several genuine Christian Mystics in Europe but their lives were usually tormented by the religious institutions of the day who saw their light and their truth as a threat to the status quo. Some of these were Paracelsus, Jakob Boehme, Robert Fludd, Roger Bacon, Nostradamus, Emanuel Swedenborg and in more recent times Jakob Lorber and Franz Bardon.
These personages were labeled the heretics of their day. Yet today they are highly revered by many but not in religious circles.
These Mystics did not write about mysticism, they wrote about the actual mysteries themselves. This is why they were mystics. A mystery is nothing more than a higher law of Divinity by and through which a human being might raise themselves spiritually while better comprehending the world and existence.
Mystics possess an unassuming humility. Through their humility they are entrusted by Providence to gaze into God’s workshop and actively participate in it. At times they are permitted to write and talk about it for the benefit of all. Those lacking this purity of spirit are denied access. No one but Divine Providence determines who is and who isn’t mature enough to access and work with the mysteries. And, thankfully there is no physical institution that can determine this.
It is we who are actually excluding ourselves. We are the guardians of this threshold. If we are not pure we do not allow ourselves access to that which is pure. We keep ourselves out!
It should be stated that humility is not synonymous with being a “door mat” or having extreme religious piety. It is more a respectful and dutiful state of being with regards to Divinity and fellow human beings.
Much of what is written about Christian Mysticism is usually written by the scholarly. They usually are incapable of mystical experiences or knowledge and often are themselves non believers. What they can do is write about mysticism in general and Christian Mysticism in particular by simply repeating, paraphrasing, or otherwise quoting the works of a true mystic. Sometimes this type of work is useful as a historical narrative but seldom is it illuminating. Very rarely do these writers understand the actual subject matter itself although they might know who might have said what, when, and to whom.
Philosophically there are only two religions on Earth. One is for Divinity, the other is against Divinity. There is mysticism in all religions. In the religions that are for Divinity you will find that at the highest levels much of the mystical traditions are very similar. In the religions that are against Divinity the same mysteries are borrowed and misused in the opposite sense.
In all religions the mystical practices were always protected from being defiled by the profane through secrecy. Often times the knowledge died out because there were so few who were considered worthy to carry it on. There are still some sects who practice mystical teachings.
(It may be hard to accept that all present day Pagan religions originated from a belief in a singular God and natural principles of existence. Through liberality all religions have diverged away from their common source, in time creating the most bizarre variations on what was once the same theme. The priesthoods are responsible for this. In their attempts to generate more income they franchised the various aspects of God and Creation into separate personified imaginary beings creating statuary and separately dedicated temples. Each was worshiped separately and people paid money to each entity separately. They would pay for fertility, for rain, for war, love, etc. This is how paganism started in all cultures.)
As regards the subject of Christian Mysticism it should be stated that Christ was not a mystic. As the incarnation of the Wisdom of God Himself, He is the Lawmaker and therefore the source of Mysticism itself, Christian mysticism in particular. Therefore it can rightfully be stated that it is only through Him that anyone will find Heaven and the only true Father. (Christ stated; “I am the way.)
The Egyptians taught and practiced the mysteries in their priesthood and among their royalty.
The Catholic Church using the information in the old testament and Judaism mimicked the universality of the Egyptian principles in the structure of their institution and borrowed very heavily from their ceremonies. In this new context these ceremonies were very impressive, a great propaganda tool, but none-the-less, quite empty.
Some have even called the Christian religious ceremonies pagan in origin but this is not entirely accurate. Because of their meaninglessness and contextual lacking they can more accurately be termed heathenistic. But this is not to take away from the pure of heart who worship with a pure belief – “to the pure all things are pure.” If in such a ritual one feels they are respectfully worshiping Divinity they should not be scorned for it. In time if they are sincere they will eventually see the ritual for what it is.
It is interesting to note that the first Egyptians acknowledged a single God and the concept of Christ within that God calling it KRST.
This makes the original Egyptian religion and their early mystical practices Christian. Many might argue this point.
In our times, also known as the Latter Days, The End Times the former divergence is starting to converge back into a unified universal belief, which will include the Mysteries for those who seek them.
The most complete modern source for these mysteries for our times is in the combined works of Franz Bardon and Jakob Lorber.
Because everyone of us has personal biases some of these statements may not seem 100.00% accurate, but the truth is dependant upon ones maturity and these statements are being made sincerely and are worthy of further investigation.