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Mystical Christianity with a special focus on St John of the Cross A Mystical Christians main goal is to understand the nature of a higher reality and become open to the light sound and inner flowing of the Holy Spirit What strictly comes within the province of Christian Mysticism is the study of the processes of active and passive purification through which a soul must pass to reach the mystical union Saint John of the Cross a Christian Mystic who wrote many scripts and prologues on the religion also wrote Dark Night of the Soul1 which describes the spiritual path a beginner in the religion must take to go through the three stages of development of the spiritual life beginner advanced and the perfect The hagiographa of Mystical Christianity are doctrinal as well as experimental as it not only records the experiences of souls mystically favored but also lays down rules for their guidance which are based on the authority of the Scriptures on the teachings of the Fathers of the Church and on the explanations of theologians many of them eminent as mystics The writings actually lay down rules for Mystics to follow 2 in order to reach the highest element on the path to developing a perfect spiritual life these rules are meant to preserve the student from error while facilitating their advancement These rules must therefore take note of the erroneous systems of prayer like Quietism 3 or Semiquietism and of the self-illusion or deception of souls4 that mistake the powers of darkness for those of light or the prompting of their own self-seeking for Divine communications Prayer is a Primary part of the religious studies of the Mystic Christians there are four ordinary forms of prayer vocal mental affective and the prayer of simplicity The last two notably the prayer of simplicity border on the mystical Prayer is often called active or acquired contemplation
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