Is the Mystical Life for You?
Perhaps a life of contemplation is for you …
Let go of any impulse to give yourself a heavenly makeover in imitation of God or of Christ. Sure, look to God, look to Christ, for inspiration in your own spiritual and ethical growth. Focus your beholding on God, not on yourself. Seek to love Christ by paying more attention to him than to yourself. Empty yourself to create the space for God’s love to pour into you. When God pours love into you, God is also pouring Divinity into you. This is what the Fathers of the Church called theosis, a Greek word meaning “deification” or “divinization.” This is where the mystical path leads us: not necessarily toward awesome experiences (although they may or may not happen), or even toward a sense of union with God (it may take place below the threshold of our awareness) — but always toward a life filled and transformed by love.