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. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in close to 40 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation.   Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways. He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning and understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years in a classroom, lecture, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting.   His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice.   Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness.   Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.  
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