The “mystic” (see mysticism) is someone who has had experiences with God that are personal, transcendent, beyond mere thought, transformative and redemptive. Although normally associated with catholic medieval monastics (see monasticism) it is inherent in protestant tradition also: the “prototype” protestant mystical experience is the new birth. To say “I met Jesus” is to identify an experience that is not easily described. God Himself is personal, transcendent, beyond mere thought, transformative and redemptive.
Although the experience of the Christian mystic must be consistent with orthodox doctrine it cannot be easily described by logical propositional statements. For this reason the writings of the mystics are often in the form of poetry, proverbs or allegory. (see also mystic poetry and mystic allegory).
Here is an example of mystic proverbs:
To reach satisfaction in all desire its possession in nothing.
To come to the knowledge of all desire the knowledge of nothing.
To come to possess all desire the possession of nothing.
To arrive at being all desire to be nothing.
To come to the pleasure you have not you must go by a way you enjoy not.
To come to the knowledge you have not you must go by a way which you know not.
To come to the possession you have not you must go by a way you possess not.
To come to what you are not you must go by a way in which you are not.*
- John of the Cross. “Ascent of Mt. Carmel”