id that we can, too.
This leads us to three vital practices that help us connect to these Three Faces:
The 3rd-person Infinite Face is accessed through reflection ABOUT the Divine.
The 2nd-person Intimate Face is accessed through devotional prayer TO God.
The 1st-person Inner Face is accessed through meditation AS God, the realization that I am one with God.
In reflection, we contemplate the glory of creation, from quarks to the infinite cosmos. We think deeply about the Unmanifest as well as the manifest world. This can move us into praise, worship, awe, and mystical immersion in all of nature itself. This is the home of nature mysticism.
Prayer has a long, traditional and mystical history in Christianity as devotion, conversation, and communion with God, frequently addressed as a deity form. Prayer is often expressed by spoken or inward mental words addressed to God in a 2nd-person, personal way. It can also involve chanting, dancing, glossolalia, and other devotional forms. Prayer is the home of deity mysticism.
Meditation, in an integrally-informed Christian framework, focuses on the progressive quieting of the mind, leading to detachment from all forms and a realization of our nondual True Self, our Oneness with God, I Amness. While Christian prayer focuses on our relating to God who is the Divine Other, Christian meditation centers on our identification as God - I am one with all that God is. We may think of prayer as operating in the subtle realm of forms, while mediation ventures into the causal realm of formless emptiness (or “fullness” as we may also experience it). This is the home of formless mysticism.