Our Mystic Today is Mechtild of Magdeburg a Medieval mystic who began experiencing mystical visions as early as age 12.
Here is one of her poems which is a metaphor for the spiritual life:
The Desert Has Twelve ThingsPax
You must love nothingness,
You must flee something
You must remain alone
and go to nobody.
You must be very active
and free of all things.
You must deliver the captives
and force those who are free.
You must comfort the sick
and yet have nothing yourself.
YOu must drink the water of suffering
and light the fire of love with the wood of the virtues.
Thus you will live in the true desert.