A total faith
The mystic does not play any more!
The belief rests on the paradoxical fact to not entirely believe in its object : one believes... without really completely believing. We are in the game, where it is a matter of making " like if ", as children who devise false conjectures to have fun (" We should say that I would have made you captive"). We do accept the contents of the doctrines like a convention. In this way, the Christian will believe more or less in the resurrection of deaths, etc.
This play seems to be the same than in obsessional delirious. Pierre Janet, a french psychiatrist of the beginning of the century, tells the following episode : one of its patients has as practice to write each day from 20 to 30 letters to Generals and other personalities. One day, the doctor takes him at his word, and requires him stamps in order to post this mail. The patient then found a pretext to keep its letters, because he did not believe, at heart, really in the object of his delirious ("De l'angoisse à l'extase, nouvelle édition", P. Janet, 1975, Paris, société P. Janet)
The faith of the mystic is different. It is absolutely without shade. Thus, for Ramakrishna, the physical existence of each person of the Hindu Pantheon, with all their complete attributes, was perceived with the same naturalness than an object which would have been placed in front of him. ("De l'angoisse à l'extase", article from Swami Siddheswarananda in "Ramakrisna, l'homme et son message", collection "Planète plus"). Moreover, all the mystics, in a systematic way, perceive in visions supernatural persons, and that without exception (even from unexpected people in this register, like Krishnamurti, for example, which saw in a " real " way Boudha before completing his awakening and announcing his message of spirituality emancipated from any religious convention (Carlo Suares "Krishnamurti et l'unité humaine", le cercle du livre, 1950)).
If you see neither gods, neither saints, nor daemons, it means that you are not still quite advanced on the way of the realization (; -) Beware however, all the traditions agree in saying that it is very dangerous to try to obtain these visions... And moreover, a great number of mental patients, acknowledged to be so, have visions.
The mystic does not experiment in different categories the inside events and the outside events.
What unequaled managers!
But moreover, we should be really wrong thinking about the mystic as someone having his head in the clouds, out of the world.
They always have the feet well on the ground, able to direct masterfully their convent, to reform their order against all opinions, or to resist a cruel opposition : the saints biographies contain many anecdotes testifying to this force of character.
They have all the traits of the golden boy, more the humility : they are wolves with a steel temperament.
Their capacity of confrontation with the world can be described as literal, contrary to the ordinary capacity of confrontation which prefers to act as if the things did not entirely happen.
This aptitude is far from being comfortable, because non univocal : they perceive all the events straight, as regarding themselves personally, without the filter of some anaesthetic blindness.
But is this exteriorized representation of the supernatural world obligatory ?