The Best Selections From the Christian Mystics

Christian mysticism consists of those who have had a direct experience with the divine. Many of these mystics recorded their experiences, which have commonalities with mystics from other wisdom traditions. 

Here are a few highlights from Christian mystics in no particular order, which we will continue adding more to as part of our wisdom library

Meister Eckhart

German theologian (1260-1328), accused of heresy for his writings.

  • “To the quiet mind all things are possible.”
  • “Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go.” 
  • “When are you in mere understanding? When you see one thing separated from another. And when are you above mere understanding? When you see All in all.” (Adapted from The Perennial Philosophy)

Julian of Norwich

English theologian (1342-1416)
Julian of Norwich was born in 1392 during the Middle Ages and was a mystic and a writer. A mystic is someone who looks beyond everyday human reality to have a direct experience with the Divine, or Love, or God — whatever you choose to name it. Julian called herself “a simple creature,” but she wrote the first known book written by a woman in English called Revelations of Divine Love. When she was very sick, she had profound visions that she wrote about in that book, and many people still read it to take in her wisdom. After that experience, she studied, wrote, and meditated alone for the rest of her life. People could come to her small home to ask her for wise guidance.

  • “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
  • “Between God and the soul there is no between.”
  • “The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.”
  • “God showed me in my palm a little thing round as a ball about the size of a hazelnut. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and asked myself, ‘What is this thing?’ And I answered: ‘It is everything that is created.’ I wondered how it could survive, since it seemed so little it could suddenly disintegrate into nothing. The answer came: ‘It endures and ever will endure, because God loves it.’ And so everything has being because of God’s love.”

Hildegard of Bingen

German composer and visionary (1098-1179)

  • “Walk in peace without pride of spirit, which, like a precipitous mountain, offers a difficult, or near-impossible, ascent or descent to those who attempt to scale it, and on its summit no building can be built.”
  • “Take a good look at yourself. Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation. You’re a world — everything is hidden in you.”
  • “The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity.”
  • “Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, these watery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious, whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle must somehow be felt in the pulse, ebb, and flow of the music that sings in me.”
  • “I heard a voice speaking to me: ‘The young woman whom you see is Love. She has her tent in eternity… It was love which was the source of this creation in the beginning when God said: ‘Let it be!’ And it was … The young woman is radiant in such a clear, lightning-like brilliance of countenance that you can’t fully look at her … She holds the sun and moon in her right hand and embraces them tenderly … The whole of creation calls this maiden ‘lady.’ For it was from her that all of creation proceeded, since Love was first. She made everything … Love was in eternity and brought forth, in the beginning of all holiness, all creatures without any admixture of evil. Adam and Eve as well were produced by love from the pure nature of the Earth.”

Giordano Bruno

Italian philosopher and poet (1548 – 1600, burned at the stake for heresy)

  • “The Divine light is always in man, presenting itself to the senses and to the comprehension, but man rejects it.”
  • “I understand Being in all and over all, as there is nothing without participation in Being, and there is no being without Essence. Thus nothing can be free of the Divine Presence.”
  • “Divinity reveals herself in all things… everything has Divinity latent within itself.”
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