Mystics in the Modern World

By on Jul 26, 2010 in Moms | 2 comments

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Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements is filled with mystical moments.  Author Christine Valters Paintner explores the essential role nature plays in our spiritual lives.  Through events from Jesus’ ministry, quotes from scripture, Christian mystics, artists and Native American spirituality, she shows how the elements are relevant today to the spiritual life. 

Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements invites the pray-er to incorporate each of these elements into his or her spiritual life.  These four elements aid the mystic in the journey to deeper experiences of God.   They each reflect a dimension of God, and yet are the simple stuff of our earthly existence.

In addition to Paintner’s insights and experiences, Ralph Waldo Emerson, St. Francis of Assisi, Chet Raymond, Hildegard of Bingen, and other mystics, poets and writers share their wisdom.  Each brings their own voice to the wonders of God expressed through creation. 

Water, wind, earth and fire present themselves to us in many different forms.  Whether solid, liquid, gas or some combination influenced by temperature or light, each offer a poignant theological lesson.  Each invites us to surrender to God’s magnificent power and to know at the core of our being that we are uniquely created and loved by Him.


  1. soma

    July 28, 2010

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    Thank you for the article on Mysticism. I feel we see, hear, taste, smell and feel gross energy, but at the same time we can experience subtle energy. There is a limit to our senses and this boundary marks the experience of gross life because the subtle energy fields are out of our ordinary range of experience. Technology has shown us that there are subtle levels in our world, which we are not aware of because our senses are limited to the gross strata only. In order to experience the finer energies of life, it is necessary to improve our sense of being by aligning with the soul. Christian mysticism is only one way to do this.

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