Generic Mystic

My first spiritual director used to say that religions are like trees:  at the bottom, they seem distinct but the higher one climbs, the more the branches overlap.  As I lived into the truth as expressed by mystics from various traditions, I also became clear there was value in knowing which trunk I climbed up and where my roots are.  Later I also realized the roots overlapped as well.

A later spiritual director asked me to read Christian scriptures for one whole year because “you think you know what they say.”  I discovered after that year of mediation and contemplation using writings from other traditions that I did indeed return to my Christian (even my particular Baptist Christian) tradition with new insights.

 

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