The Sacred History
The Sacred History is the epic story of human interaction with angels and other forms of higher intelligence, starting from Creation all the way through to the operations of the supernatural in the modern world.
Copyright © 2013 by Mark Booth from The Sacred History published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
'God save us from single vision.’ ~ William Blake
There are people living amongst us who can see the world of angels as clearly as they can see the rocks and stones and trees that the rest of us see. These people have many names, some of them rude, but here we shall call them mystics.
Sometimes they live and work within organized religion, but more often they live apart. They tend to be solitary, perhaps lonely figures.
Organized religion has always found mystics a bit of a worry. If you’re a sincere, hard-working priest, who prays for faith but worries in his heart of hearts that he has never really had a mystical experience worthy of the name, it must be hard if a few miles down the road there’s a young woman who talks with angels all day long. How can you defend the Church’s dogma with confidence when you suspect that others have direct personal experience of realities you only know about in theory?
It goes without saying that atheists are hostile to mystics too. For them, visions of angels are simply delusions. I’m only too aware that if certain psychiatrists of an authoritarian bent got hold of some of my friends, they’d try to have them certified as schizophrenic.
In the face of such hostility, one common misunderstanding needs to be cleared up: the mystical vision is not necessarily inconsistent with the scientific view. Mystics aren’t calling into question the evidence of our eyes. They’re not even saying that life isn’t happening in the ordered way that science describes. What they are saying is that events are happening because angels and other spiritual beings are planning them. Because they’re working behind the scenes to make them happen.
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