What are the mystical things in life

Finding God in all things - insights into Christian mysticism

February 27, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

"To see God not only as a counterpart, but in me", that is the core idea of ​​Christian mysticism. Others speak of "experiencing the presence of God in one's own life". In Christianity, with all its denominations, there is no uniform definition of mysticism, but there are different interpretations that have common features: It is always about the experience of the divine and its work in one's own heart, in one's own life, about union, becoming one with God already on earth - and it is always about grace, a gift that one cannot produce through one's own efforts, but can only receive.

The experience of God, the emotion of this great mystery, is mostly "shocking" in the truest sense of the word in the Christian tradition. And mystics have always questioned critically whether their experiences, their views, these moments of ecstasy and ecstasy, imagination or real. All these experiences are as different as the individual personalities: "Finding God in all things" is the maxim of the founder of the Jesuit order, Ignatius von Loyola. And for Meister Eckhart, the great influential philosopher and theologian of the late Middle Ages, practical relevance and everyday life were decisive. The mystical experience of God was the theme of Master Eckhart's life. Turning to God should lead to an experience he called "God's birth in the soul". What is meant is that the soul perceives the divinity of its own nature and thus finds God in itself, in its innermost being. He spoke of a "little spark that never goes out", of the "birth of God in the soul's guarantor". Teresa von Ávila used similar terms: she understood the soul, her own inwardness, as a castle in order to move the encounter with God in her innermost chamber. At the same time, the great doctor of the church and mystic is said to have looked for God between the cooking pots, also in the middle of everyday life.

So did and does Christian mysticism have less to do with rapture and rapture than with spiritual practice in everyday life? Can the teachings of the important Christian polymath Hildegard von Bingen be translated into the third millennium with simple catchwords such as "mysticism in the sauna"? How does the mystical tradition influence Christian spirituality today? TAO has asked people who have followed in the footsteps of Christian mystics.


Martina Roesner, "Ich - Logos - Welt. The egological approach of the First Philosophy with Meister Eckhart and Edmund Husserl", Verlag Karl Alber
Martina Roesner, "Logic of the Origin. Reason and Revelation with Meister Eckhart, Verlag Karl Alber
Niklaus Largier (ed.), "Meister Eckhart. Works", Deutscher Klassiker Verlag
Teresa von Avila, Ulrich Dobhan (ed.), Elisabeth Peeters (ed.), "Apartments in the Inner Castle", Herder publishing house
Anselm Grün (ed.), "Mystics: The Inner Path to God", Sunday paper edition 2019

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