Anyone who spends much time with me will know that I love to read poetry of the mystics! I carry my Kindle at all times, for any moment can invite the possibility of a poem! Mystics are those who, in spite of being part of a formalised religion, have moved beyond the limiting dogma of the system and moved into a direct union with the Divine. They are in fact the divine lovers…in a deep love affair with God!
They took the Christian path as that was the only vehicle for divine experience in their time and place. But it is incredible to see how naturally tantric they were! We are so blessed in this current time to have such access to vehicles from many lineages. I am so grateful myself that I have access to Tantra and Tao. Of course we can see from the writings of many traditions, that mystics all reach the same place no matter what path they took!
And here is one in which St Teresa talks of touching herself:
“I thought of putting my hand where I could tell no one,
St Teresa also writes poetry of ecstasy:
“When my mouth touched His I became
And a simple one, suggesting Divine Union… such as some Tantric meditations lead to:
“I slept with my Lord one night,
And a famous quote from St Teresa:
“Any real ecstasy is a sign
And a poem from Hafiz to remind us of the divinity of the body:
“Every desire of your body is holy;
And finally, I found something I wrote myself during a silent tantric retreat:
“Perhaps I only made myself appear separate from God, from True Nature, in order that I could experience being His lover.
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