Question: Orthodox Christianity is fundamentally different from Catholicism in its Hesychasm or mystical pratices. (Hesychasm – from the Greek word Hesychia – silence. It is a mystical practice in the Eastern Orthodox religious tradition using meditative techniques). Unlike Catholicism, which went through the creation of theologies, Orthodoxy chose the mystical path of direct spiritual experiential unity with Christ. The path of self-transcendence of man in Christ. What can you say about the comparative perspective of these religions?
Answer from the Ascended Master Jesus through Kim Michaels. This answer was given at a conference in Ukraine in 2019.
There are also mystical aspects of the Catholic tradition. Even in some Protestant Christian churches, you can find some mystical aspects. And you of course have Christian mystics in the Catholic tradition who have reached higher levels of consciousness. It is something that is found everywhere, but it is not mainstream anywhere. And what you need to recognize here is that even though there are some differences between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church, The Orthodox Church is still affected by the same mindset that formed the Catholic church. And you will see that there was a time where the two were evolving in a parallel way. Before actually there was a split between the two.
There are many common aspects or common mindsets that obscure, for the general population, the mystical path. There have always been some people who have been able to look beyond the outer doctrines and rituals and find that mystical path. But to the general public, all Christian churches are obscuring the reality of what I taught, and the reality of what the path is about. You can say that the churches are generally set up to prevent the broad population from finding and walking the true path to Christhood.
This is how they are defined by the fallen beings. But the fallen beings know that there will be some people for whom this is not enough, and they will seek a mystical path. What they have attempted to create is that for those people, they can walk the mystical path, but still within the context of the outer church, whether it is the Orthodox or the Catholic. That is why you have the whole concept of Christian mystics.
In reality, if you are a mystic, you are a universal being. You may be able to take the Christian tradition or the Hindu tradition or the Buddhist tradition or the Muslim tradition and transcend it. And based on that background, you are still walking the mystical path, but you are not really a Christian or a Hindu or Buddhist mystic. Because the further you walk on the spiritual path, the more important it is that you see the universality behind all of these outer religions.
What the Catholic church, for example, has done with some of these mystics is that they have elevated them to sainthood and thereby claimed ownership of them, and not allow the universality to shine through. And in many cases, the mystics cannot express that universality, they still see themselves as Christian mystics. And this is what we need to transcend in this age, where we have the mystics from all backgrounds come together, and recognize that behind all of the outer traditions there is a universal path that cannot be confined or owned by any tradition. It is very simple. Christ does not grant patents to any human institution or person.
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