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First responses from early readers:
“It was as though I had been seeing the world in black and white until I read this book. Now I see in color.” Sam Connelly
“I think anyone could be transformed by this book. I have read so many by great teachers; I thought I had little left to learn except for living it. This book surprised me. It stretches the broadest mind with the clearest perception into a whole new awareness that could not possibly be known before. There are passages in this book that exceed anything I have ever read in spiritual literature.” James Daugherty
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Way to a Better Life.” It’s beautifully written, charming, and intensely penetrating into the questions we all ask. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. Part of it is like her earlier book, “When Heaven Touches Earth,” but it has everything I wanted and didn’t get from that book. It’s as if she has opened a door and allowed us to see the inner workings of her life and soul after receiving her first communications from Jesus. It has so much meaning for everyone on an ascending path.” Mary Hastings
Christian mysticism is older than any doctrinal presentation of Christian beliefs. The goal of mysticism is direct union with God, and holding of faith that it is unalterably assured with practice and devotion.
Christian mysticism aspires to apprehend spiritual truths inaccessible through intellectual means. These truths are also frequently beyond prescribed doctrine, and therefore subject to scrutiny and often persecution of the defenders of doctrine.
From its beginning Christianity was a radical movement submitting only to higher authority. As such, it claimed the right to confirm a direct relationship with that higher authority. Our first example of that prime manifestation was the transfiguration of Christ.
Jesus led three of his apostles, Peter, John, and James, to pray at the top of a mountain, where he became transfigured in both form and essence. Jesus’s face shone like the sun, and he was clad in brilliant white clothes. Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus, and talked with him, and then a bright cloud appeared overhead, and a voice from the cloud proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son: hear him.”
In the words of 1 John 3:2:, that glorious possibility is extended to all of us: “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
The difficulty in describing or confirming such experiences was expressed by Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:2–4. Here, he refers to an example of a possible out-of-body experience by someone who was taken up to the “third heaven”, and taught unutterable mysteries: “I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) how that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”
Clearly doubt and suppression were creeping into the first generation of Christianity, yet the fire and commitment to it were strong and would continue alongside the development of doctrine for the next two thousand years. Some theologians seriously believe it will continue in its strength long after the pursuit of doctrine has paled and been consigned to library shelves.
If you have had a mystical experience yourself, whether an epiphany in life or a near-death experience, this may provide many insights for how you may relate those experiences to others. Most of all, if you have dreamed of how far you can pursue your own spiritual vision, and still live a lucid and socially relevant life, perhaps this will give you a model that is almost unavailable in contemporary literature, even with all the research into consciousness and spirituality. In this book, we are inspired to think that perhaps the link we seek to a better life is actually within our own nature and being.
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