DO I FIND THE MYSTIC PATH?
INTERVIEW WITH EMILIE GRIFFIN
of the new book Wonderful and Dark Is This
of us, when we use the word “mystic,” are
thinking about people who have estatic experiences, visions
and other spiritual gifts. ... Really,
it’s more about setting our expectations aside
and coming close to a God who wants to shower love and
blessedness on us. God’s
love is transforming. We don’t become mystics by
wanting to. It’s what God wants for us that counts.
EXCERPT FROM WONDERFUL AND DARK IS THIS ROAD
by Emilie Griffin
believe that we are meeting mystics every day, but we
do not recognize them. Their humility and modesty is such
that they pass into the crowd. ... For
real mystics practice their deep love and service to God
in ways that may fly below
the radar, unobtrusively, transforming the lives of others
in ways that seem sublimely plain spoken and levelheaded.
Except when they receive extraordinary mystical gifts (not
everyone does) it is hard to pick them out in a crowd.
MYSTICISM - KABBALA
mystic is someone who has the suspicion that the apparent brokenness,
discord, and discontinuities of everyday life conceal a hidden
beneath the surface, everything is joined to everything else.
To a mystic, what we call reality is really only the myriad
refractions of that ultimate, underlying unity. Or, as we say
in Yiddish: Alz ist Gott—everything is God!