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Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : The lives of the mystics, the rise of monasticism, and the rise of asceticism?

Give some examples of women that were involved in this type of life and what they did to show how they did it for god.

Answer by Louise C
The writings of the early church are full of stories of strong women who joined the monastic movement.

In ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’ (written in the 700s) Bede writes about Hilda of Whitby, for example, who was Abbess of the big double monastery at Whitby (a community of monks and nuns) and who presided over the Synod of Whitby. He writes that she spent thirty-three years most nobly in secular occupations, and the ensuing thirty-three years dedicated to our Lord in the monastic life. He also writes about the devout Ethelberga, Abbess of the Convent of Barking.

One of his most remarkable stories is about Etheldreda, who although she was married to King Egfrid of the East Angles, preserved “the full glory of her perpetual virginity” while married to him.

For a long time Etheldreda begged the King to allow her to retire from worldly affairs and serve Christ in a convent. And having at length obtained his reluctant consent, she entered the convent of the Abbess Ebba, at Coludesbyrig. A year later she was made Abbess of the district of Ely, where she built a convent and became the virgin mother of many virgins vowed to God. It is said that from the time of her entry into the convent she never wore linen but only woollen garments, and that she would seldom wash in hot water but on the eve of the greater festivals such as Easter, Pentecost, and the Epiphany, and then only after she and her assistants had helped the other handmaids of Christ to wash. She seldom had more than one meal a day, and she always remained at prayer in the church from the hour of Matins until dawn unless prevented by serious illness. some said she had the spirit of prophecy, and that in the presence of the community she not only foretold the plague that was to cause her death, but also the number that would die of it in the convent.

Some thirty years after the Battle of Hastings, a girl called Christina de Markyate, the duaghter of Saxon merchants, was bethrothed by her parents to a young nobleman called Burthred, but she refused to marry him. He even tried to take her by force, by climbing up the wall to her bedroom, but she “hastily sprang out of bed and clinging with both hands to a nail which was fixed in the wall, she hung trembling between the wall and the hangings.”

Christina eventually escaped and went to the hut of an anchoress called Alfwen, and then to the hut of a monk called Roger who was living as a hermit in the village of Markyate. There she continued to hide until Burthred finally had the bethrotheal annulled.

Christina eventuallyb ecame a celebrated holy woman at St. Albans Abbey.

There are many similar stories of young women rejecting marrige in favour of the monastic life, and of resolutely getting their way.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Did ancient Greek mystics invent the stories in the New Testament myth?

Answer by rrdein
All of the New Testament texts were written after the year 0 AD. They were written mainly by Jewish Gnostics and passed around within small religious sects. By the time the Bible was canonized, all of these books had been floating around and had been well-known for a couple hundred years, and the Catholic church decided which texts would be included.

That said, there are many similarities between the NT Jesus and the OT Joseph, to the point where many believe Jesus was simply the “new version” of Joseph. Also, most of the stories in the New Testament have a striking astrological significance that seems to indicate that the life of Jesus was an astrological allegory mixed with some political ideas popular with gnostics of the time.

Fact: Though there were many historians living near Jesus, around the time of Jesus, not one of these historians ever even mentions a man names Jesus. The few sources that biblical “historians” use to uphold his existence do not hold up to any scrutiny when examined in the original Greek.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What does it mean to see life as a mystic?

I don’t want a definition of a mystic. How does it relate to your everyday life and why is it the path your taken. WHY do you choose to see life as an amazing adventure of knowledge, experience and beauty?

Answer by Nuttynut J
When God talks to you and tells you to study religion, you listen.

Answer by billcompugeek
Being in the natural world and the spiritual world at the same time.

Blind people know what houses and people look like. How? They have dreams like everyone else. Everyone is in both worlds simultaneously.

Answer by whitecloud
the world is full of feelings ,vibs if you like ,you read them and feel them even sence them ,you dont always mean to ,,,it just seems to happen….and this is a wounderful plannet we live on ,it is full of wounder,we will never understand it all,and it protects us from danger ,we can smell it ,feel it ,it inerfears with our good vibs ,its a bit like the quiet before the storm,its things you just seem to know ,with out ever being tought,,,,and life is an adventure,go with the flow and enjoy it will all be gone to fast ,
an 82 year old man called mr perkins once told me never waist your life it will be tomorrow,and i will be as old as him ,he was deing of cancer,but he used his last words to try and make me see life for what it is ,he told me to listern to the wind in the trees and the rain falling ,and to feel the sun on my face ,he told me to feel what i cant and see what i cant ,hear what i cant hear ,,,it bugged me for years ,then one day when i layed in my garden ,it all fell into place ,i know know what he was trying to say ,,,,everytthing around us has a life,you might not be able to see ,feel,or hear it ,,,but it is there,,,and if you open your heart and mind you will see ,,feel ,,,and hear ,,,and he was right ,,,
even if you are sitting on a lonely bench in the park and can see a living soul,,you are not alone ,,,you are never alone ,life is all around you all the time ,,it will still be here long after we have died ,and we die to soon,,,how often have you woundered where that week has gone ,,,have you ever felt lonely ,,,well you are not ,im never alone ,he has made me the most happiest person alive ,i love every thing on this plannet,,,even the freezing cold winter ,when it looks like everything has gon to sleep ,it hasnt ,so much is still awake,,this world is a mystery,stand for a moment and you will feel everything in it ,its pulsing with life ,,ans when you can love everything around you ,,it will love you back ,
learn how to feel ,,,,and you will truly feel alive ,,,,,at the moment i feel winter coming closer,i can even smell it ,,,before mr perkins i never saw past my own nose,every day felt the same,,,now every moment of every day is different ,,,each room i walk into feels different ,,,each day i walk into my garden and it has changed ,,its great i love it ,,try it ,,,notice everything ,,,and i dont just mean to see it ,,,,feel it ,,,,,,,,,only then will you understand what i say ,,,stop being blind to it all,,,,only then will you have total peace as i have ,,,,,and i dont even believe in god ,this has nothing to do with him at all ,,,its to do with you as a person ,,,have fun ,,,kat,,

Answer by carychrysler
It relates to my every day life by teaching me to be kinder, to release whatever anger I might have…or fears that I might not be able to do what I feel deeply is my “destiny”.
In this lies my answer to “WHY do you choose to see life…” because life as we see it is a small version of life as it really is. This that we call life is a substitute for our true state of being.
It is my path because it is our path, all of us, as one.

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Written by HEYOKA

The Heyókȟa symbolize and portray many aspects of the sacred, the Wakȟáŋ. Their satire presents important questions by fooling around. They ask difficult questions, and say things others are too afraid to say. By reading between the lines, the audience is able to think about things not usually thought about, or to look at things in a different way.

Principally, the Heyókȟa functions both as a mirror and a teacher, using extreme behaviors to mirror others, thereby forcing them to examine their own doubts, fears, hatreds, and weaknesses. Heyókȟas also have the power to heal emotional pain; such power comes from the experience of shame—they sing of shameful events in their lives, beg for food, and live as clowns. They provoke laughter in distressing situations of despair and provoke fear and chaos when people feel complacent and overly secure, to keep them from taking themselves too seriously or believing they are more powerful than they are.