Mysticism in SoulCare is acknowledging that our counseling is not based on skills and techniques, but through the Spirit of God. So it’s chief end is not “I did it!” but “God showed up!”
Reminded me of Nicodemus encounter with Jesus in John 3. Nicodemus couldn’t understand because he is a ‘chess player’ and couldn’t comprehend the Spirit. A flow that defies order.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?
(English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Jn 3:6–9.)
We aren’t negating the Word of God has an objective truth, but the work of the Spirit is not controllable by man, and hence a ‘mystery.’
Mysticism is a term we have applied to the actions of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians, to use that term in the way described only makes sense for what occurs in the rhythms and movement of a Soulcare relationship. If used to describe the moving and action of the Holy Spirit, I whole heartedly agree with it, if a doctrine or technique then no.
I now think of it as the flow of rhythm that yields to the Holy Spirit in moments of tension that guide to a greater depth of conversation and reflection on the true purpose of God in our lives.