Mysticism can compliment organized religion. Many mystics work together with religious groups. And some followers of various religions seek to retain the mystical heritage that inspired their faith. Others seem to become steeped with dogma that is shaped more by man than God. Likewise, some “mystics” lack the understanding or integrity to practice mysticism in a responsible and authentic manner. The choice is always up to the congregants/clergy and the mystics.
If you are inclined to explore a mystical path, it can be advantageous to work with an established group or spiritual master. As emphasized above, the group or teacher is not an authority figure, but is there primarily to recommend spiritual practices that are designed to accelerate one’s spiritual growth. The student of mysticism retains authority to evaluate whether the practices are moving him or her ahead on the spiritual path. If they are not working within a reasonable time, it may be best to find another path that brings noticeable results.
You will have your own intuition in mystical teachings of jesus seeking a mystical path. If you could use a few places to start looking, the following are some of the many mystical groups available in the US. Of course no guarantees can be made as to their effectiveness. You will have a sense of what works for you, and as you investigate your options, you will better your chances of finding a good match.
Sufi: Sufi Order International; Golden Sufis (US Naqshbandi Order)
Yogic Tradition: Amma Sri Karunamayi; Isha Foundation: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev; Gangaji Foundation
Christian Mysticism: Quaker meetings; Stephen Hoeller (Gnostiscism), monastic communities among Orthodox, Catholics, etc.
Buddhist: Shambhala Center; Insight Meditation
Jewish: Satmar Hasidim; Kabbalah Centre
Miscellaneous: Adyashanti; Sant Mat
If you are inclined to explore a mystical path, expect many beautiful rewards. Today, more than ever, the world needs the fruits of the spiritual realm. I wish you much bliss, peace and love as you pursue your journey-mystical or otherwise.