Blog Template Theology of the Body: Criteria for Genuine Mystical Experience

Monday, October 30, 2006

Criteria for Genuine Mystical Experience


1. Consistency
2. Spiritual and Moral Fruits
3. Consistency with Orthodox Doctrine
4. Healthy Condition of the Subject

"These experiences are proved real to their possessor, because they remain with him when brought closest into contact with the objective realities of life. Dreams cannot stand this test. We wake from them to find that they are but dreams. Wanderings of an overwrought brain do not stand this test. These highest experiences that I have had of God's presence have been rare and brief... but I find that, after every questioning and test, they stand out today as the most real experiences of my life, and experiences which have explained and justified and unified all other past experiences and all past growth."

- J. Trevor, 1897.