Are You A Mystic?

By Leo Gura - December 14, 2017

Some definitions of “mysticism” from various dictionaries:

  • Belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.
  • The experience of mystical union or direct communion with ultimate reality reported by mystics.
  • The belief that direct knowledge of God, spiritual truth, or ultimate reality can be attained through subjective experience (such as intuition or insight).
  • A theory postulating the possibility of direct and intuitive acquisition of ineffable knowledge or power.
  • A doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation or ecstasy.
  • Belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are directly accessible by subjective experience.
  • The term mysticism comes from the Greek, meaning “to conceal”.
  • Mysticism is what lets you transcend the physical to experience enlightenment — let’s just say you’ll recognize it when it happens.
  • A person who tries to communicate directly with God.

Some definitions of “mystical” from various dictionaries:

  • Mysterious, unintelligible.
  • Obscure, enigmatic.
  • Of hidden or esoteric meaning.
  • Inducing a feeling of awe or wonder.
  • Having magical properties.
  • Inspiring a sense of spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination.
  • Having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the sense nor obvious to the intelligence.
  • The mystical experience of Inner Light.
  • Of or relating to supernatural agencies, affairs, occurrences.
  • Having a divine or sacred significance that surpasses natural human apprehension.
  • Having occult or metaphysical significance, nature, or force.
  • Involving or having the nature of an individual’s direct subjective communion with God or ultimate reality.

Rather illuminating, eh?

Consider, the only difference between a mystic and a non-mystic is that one is cognizant of the magic of existence while the other takes it utterly for granted, and moreover, assumes that any such cognizance is impossible or somehow an affront to reason. As in, “How dare you, sir, suggest that reality might be mystical! There’s obviously nothing wondrous about it!”

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