The time is ripe to detach from a life devoid of meaning and set out for union of the soul with God instead. Who's with me? Meister here on the left seems to have been.
Avoid Quietism, i.e. the practice of retreating from all activity in order to passively "immerse" yourself in God. This is the "quick and easy" mysticism. It has always been popular in the East. It gives you a false sense of divinity; it allows you to fell like you are One with God. This is a delusion though.
There is a passive state in the higher stages of the Spiritual Life where God unites Himself to the soul by love, and at that point you do temporarily cease from action to allow God to act in your soul. But this is a TEMPORARY state and one of intense love, sweetness, consolation. It is not a constant state of apathy that goes on indefinitely. In order to arrive at it you have to first practice prayer, meditation, penance, fasting, mortification, almsigiving, abstaining from sin in general, and cultivating the virtues. The reason that God does not immediately communicate Himself to the soul is because that would result in gross pride. If you could just sit down whenever you felt like it and "empty yourself" and God would come, you would feel like you had already arrived at perfection. God does not come to people who are lazy, lustful, proud, envious, etc. The reason for this is, for example, if God gave Himself to a lazy person, the lazy person would use His sweet communication with God as an excuse not to fulfil his duties in life. The same goes for any other vice. You have to exercise yourself spiritually, normally for years. God does give consolation/sweetness even to beginners at the very beginning of the spiritual life, but this is to draw them away from the world and reassure them in the beginning. As soon as the beginner makes his first proper steps God stops sending so many consolations in order to test the beginner's love for Him, because the point of the spiritual life is to love God for His own sake, not for His gifts.
>It gives you a false sense of divinity; it allows you to fell like you are One with God. This is a delusion though.
Personal experience? Much as I would like it to be a genuine possibility, I cannot get rid of the idea that there's no such thing, and that those who claim to have had it do so for not so noble purposes.
>I would like it to be a genuine possibility
If you meant that you would go after it.
God rewards those who seek Him. God exalts the humble but opposes the proud. This is often the reason so many false seekers find nothing. So if you seek Him, be humble. I cannot stress this enough, anon. Humility Humility Humility.
What did you get out of it?
Precisely. Christianity is watered down Platonism. Dionysus the foremost Christian mystic was a shameless plagiarist of Proclus. No hard feelings tough, but who would settle for the copy when you can have the original?
Havent gotten to it, but it was probably the best book ive read this year. Made me go steal his other books.
It is a surprisingly poignant argument against doctrine and for a personal relationship with Christ as the Godhead. It also poses a very interesting question on the primacy of mercy in the Christian faith. Also a great story.