Divine healing and mysticism may seem different in terms of their roots. And both practices are on opposite ends of the spectrum. However, both sides have a common ground; in that, they are spiritual acts that relate to the direct agency of a higher being.
Being ill is something that should be taken seriously at all costs. Many subsequent things are altered when one’s body goes through a malfunction. That’s why we need to understand how mystic arts and divine healing have this same difference. One way to comprehend mysticism and ultimate divine healing processes are by reading Linda Decoff’s “Songs Of Eternity Treatments and Meditations on the Word of God.”
Defining mysticism and divine healing
Mysticism gives the idea of that direct grasp of Godly knowledge through mystical means of contemplation that refrains from temporary and limited understanding. Meanwhile, divine healing emphasizes complete dependence on God to reveal Himself. It implies that meditation and rationality are not needed for a person to know God and draw near Him.
It stems from many traditions and diverse religious experiences that are not precisely related to Christianity. However, the Christian church adopted some of its teachings in the 6th century. While its writings may have partially downplayed the formalities of Scripture, there are some changes.
For example, a person can only know God by taking a dark, uncertain path. It emphasizes how one must leave all senses behind and lose one’s mind in that darkness, including what is sensible. Forsaking such things makes knowing God more attainable.
Mysticism ultimately gets rid of all logic and reasoning to reach a higher and more infinite plane of existence, which can be possible by the following steps:
1 – The Purgative Life
Detachment from all physical and sensory aspects of life is a must. Forsaking everything one holds dear is part of the ways to experience God up close and personal. As long as the sensory world disillusions you around you and you’re not tied to what lies in the physical world, that’s one step close to a union with God.
2 – The illuminative Life
You need to accept specific indications of the past that you have discarded and left behind. Entering through the darkness is an essential prerequisite to seeing the divine light. However, this darkness may cause you to sink into despair. Since the familiarity of the life you once led was cast out in search of God, you encounter a period of deep seeking with extreme cluelessness, which will lead you to the right way of contemplation.
3 – The Unitive Life
This is the third and final form of mysticism. Finally, the person searching for the light amid darkness finds themselves in a Godly union separate from rationality. It doesn’t require any mediator for the unitive life to manifest.
Through this union, God is within your grasp, displacing your sense of self and enabling God to take over your life fully. This process is called “deification.” Being able to absorb God fully can be life-altering since light has come after being through a tunnel of darkness.
In divine healing, the concept goes back to the Old Testament in the Scriptures; since that is where God’s work began. There are detailed accounts of how God revealed Himself through ordinary people, born not out of extraordinary stature. God used them as examples of how He can still work through everyone’s lives by simply having faith.
Unlike mysticism, where it seems like a one-sided effort on your end, divine healing puts total reliance on God’s miracle performing through you. This gives us a hint that healing and divinity don’t have to be all that complicated.
Examples of divine healing being manifested
One of the earliest recorded accounts was of Sarah’s barrenness. Her incapacity to bear a child wasn’t an unusual circumstance that can happen to any woman who wants to be a mother. However, when she healed from her emotional wounds by giving birth to Isaac, she wasn’t short of being momentous despite being old. It became the catalyst for many descendants, including the most influential of all, Jesus Christ.
Sarah’s life teaches us that even when God chooses to delay His plans indefinitely, there is an ultimate purpose where one can achieve divinity and union with Him through a precise matter of faith and unshakeable trust. This became one of the fundamental teachings of modern-day Christianity, where every trial, sickness, and suffering serves an ultimate purpose that leads to glory.
In contrast with mysticism’s ultimate goal of reaching deification, divine healing through faith aims to work on a relationship with God continually. Its final destination is being in an eternal paradise with Him in a “glorified body” – someplace where there will be no tear in every eye, where darkness and suffering will be no more.