The word mysticism can seem so woo-woo, but hold up: No matter if you consider yourself a skeptic or enthusiast for spiritual pursuits, aren’t you at least a little bit curious to explore the great unknown? More than just positive vibes and an embrace of crystals and candles (not that there’s anything wrong with those!), mysticism, a desire for direct connection to source or the infinite, is common to nearly every spiritual and religious tradition.
Join distinguished historian Dr. Bernard McGinn as he delivers the Chair of Christian Thought Swanson Lecture on Christian Spirituality. McGinn considers the meaning of mysticism, a word that for many indicates something bizarre, uncanny, peculiar.
Richard Rohr discusses mysticism and the mystical experience. Mysticism is experiential knowledge of God, the true experience of transcendence or the divine. Understanding the mystery of the incarnation means you don’t see everything in terms of either/or, but in terms of both.