Christian mystical theology is not the same as other wisdom teachings from around the world. Some wisdom paths point toward union with a divine as the ultimate truth, suggesting that the experience of being a separate human person is, ultimately, simply an illusion that will fall away when we finally, fully, recognize our oneness with a sacred. Christianity offers a different approach in which the distinction between God and humanity is taken at face value, understood not as an illusion but rather as a simple point of fact and how the cosmos is structured. Such a distinction, exist, according to Christian mystical teaching, not because humanity is inferior, but rather because it is only in the distinction between divinity and humanity that we are able to fully, truly and estatically love each other. Thus, Christian mysticism celebrates communion with God as the ultimate destiny of humankind: eternal life is a never-ending cosmic dance, in which humanity and divinity interpenetrate one another, joyfully sharing love and communion like a flower that is forever opening wider and deeper, evolving into ever new dimensions of blissful celebration. While Christianity has its’ own distinctive mystical teachings that in some ways mark it as different from other spiritual path, those who drink deeply from the wells of Christian contemplation tend, like mystics from all paths, to be far more interested in what unites people of different traditions, rather than what separates us. In the history of the Christian mystics, again and again the contemplativeness have been the ones who reach out beyond the boundaries of institutional religion to embrace the teachings of other faiths.”- Carl McColman . . .
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