There are so many defiinitions of mysticism today. Is this an indication of Reality at work, creating a growing popularity that is deliberately bringing the human race into its next evolutionay phase?
Will humans jettison their historically repetitious failing religious, political, idealogical and cultural values?
Are humans beings directed to firmer evolutionary root values currently only revealed by Reality Itself to mystics?
In the meantime, some modern definitions of mysticism persistently come nowhere near the simple truth.
They are still filled with ignorance, suggesting for instance a philosophical “allegation” of the knowledge the mystic experience imparts, or inserting the usual false suggestions of social, religious influence, ‘God’, dogmas, rituals, a role of personal choice, prayer or personal effort etc., etc.
Here are some selected definitions that come nearest to an understanding of the historical phenomena:
Belief in direct experience of transcendent reality or God, especially by means of contemplation and asceticism instead of rational thought.Such experience had by an individual. Belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are directly accessible by subjective experience." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
The part where it says:
especially by means of contemplation and asceticism instead of rational thought"is of course rubbish, bereft of any experience of the actual mystical experience of Reality (MER).
“Mysticism is popularly known as becoming one with God or the Absolute, but may refer to any kind of ecstasy or altered state of consciousness which is given a religious or spiritual meaning.” Wikipedia
Where this says, “but may refer to any kind of ecstasy or altered state of consciousness which is given a religious or spiritual meaning” is rubbish too for the same reason as above
Merriam webster dictionary: “Mysticism definition is – the experience of mystical union or direct communion with ultimate reality reported by mystics.”
This is a good, simple, statement of truth.
“Gaia.com : Ultimate reality is something that is supreme, final, and the fundamental power in all reality. Unlike Christianity, Islam or Judaism, Mysticism is not rooted in faith, principle, dogma, or even belief.”
Gaia’s description is the one i would pick to describe my personal experiences of MER.
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