Ecstasy: Derived from the Greek ecstasis — to “cultivate a magical, sensuous communion with deity.”

No, it is not the drug people mess around with these days to get a high. However, it can feel . . .

A Stick of Butter Melting in a Pan . . . like a frozen stick of butter melting helplessly on a hot iron griddle, very slowly oozing all over itself, liquefying and losing whatever solid form it has, to become a lipid pool of golden buttery sweetness.

“The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa,” by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
(Cornaro Chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)

I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual, though the body has its share in it. It is a caressing of love so sweet, which now takes place between the soul and God that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying. (St. Teresa of Avila)

The soul is caught in the throes of a spiritual orgasm — an orgasm that does not end, does not want to end, does not know how to end.

Close-up photograph of Teresa's face.

The Ecstatic Face of a Soul in Union with God

You breathe through your mouth, because your nose fails to sustain your breathing. Your breathing is confused and at a loss, your breaths not knowing whether to enter or leave the body. Your open lips are mute, motionless witnesses to the indescribable feeling which is overpowering you.

Close-up photograph of Teresa's lips.

You are totally helpless like a newborn babe, too helpless in bliss even to surrender. You succumb to the moment’s experience, to love’s infinite embrace, to the Divine Lover’s presence all over you.

                  “Let nothing trouble you,
                  let nothing frighten you.
                  All things are passing;
                  God never changes. Patience obtains all things.
                  He who possesses God lacks nothing:
                  God alone suffices.”
                                                     — St. Teresa of Avila — 

You are Christine Daaé in a swoon as she hears The Music of The Night.

Ecstasy transforms!

Portrait of Teresa of Avila       Have you experienced mystical ecstasy today?

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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