My Mystical Christian Experience + Recommended Reading

I’m very comfortable with my Mystical Christian Experience - that in itself is a miracle. I was terrified in the beginning.

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I spent days, weeks and months reading about Eastern Christianity, Esoteric Christian practices, Monastic Christians, Gnostic Christianity and the Gnostic Gospels- all to find myself in the narrative.

Which I did. Thank God.

I realized so much of my experience was akin to the Christian Mystics, the Early Church or Eastern Christian offshoots rooted in a dance with The Holy Spirit. Liturgical language is my mother tongue.

I’m a pound puppy of Christian/ Catholic practice. I'm on the fringe of religious tradition. And I like that!

Its taught me to lean on discernment through The Spirit of Wisdom- which needs to be cultivated and strengthened. But my experience can’t always be explained through scripture or precise intellectual thought.

I remembered 1 Peter 3:15 this morning :

Be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have- with gentleness and respect.

When people ask questions about my faith expression, I want to remain open to intimacy.

This hasn’t been my past experience. Not every question is an accusation or a passive- aggressive fight for control. Inquisition is not the enemy; it’s a transformation agent!

I want NOT my responses to be a shield or a defence against connection, but a tool to community and the sharing of wisdom and understanding for BOTH parties.

Grace and peace to all of us, as we fumble our way through this.

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These resources were incredible instrumental and sent me on countless research rabbit trails. Happy exploring!

Recommended Reading:

  • Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals- Shane Claiborne

  • Marianne Williamson - Illuminata + Everyday Grace 

  • Simple Abundance - Sarah Ban Bretahnach 

  • The Gnostic Bible - Willis Barnstone 

  • Richard Rohr - daily reflections newsletter 

  • Desperately Seeking Sophia Article

  • The Dance of the Dissident Daughter - Sue Monk Kidd

  • Leaving Church- Barbara Brown Taylor 

  • The Road Back to You- Ian Cron

Kailey Veenstra