Mysticism is the experience or pursuit of joining with the absolute or Divine. It takes place across every religious and ethnic tradition worldwide and has emerged since the beginning of human existence. It has been described in various ways including “one with” or “thisness” and ideas around it have slight differences. Mysticism can come through discipline or practice, such as daily meditation; enhancement, such as a drug experience or guided journey; from a divine intervention, such as through voices or visions; or from a combination of these elements. Some famous mystics who have greatly influenced and guided others include the Buddha, Meister Eckhart, Eleazar ben Judah, St. Teresa of Avila, and Martin Luther.
Here is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness. “Physicists do not need mysticism,” Dr. Capra says, “and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both.”
First published in 1911, Mysticism remains the classic in its field and was lauded by The Princeton Theological Review as "brilliantly written [and] illuminated with numerous well-chosen extracts ... used with exquisite skill.
In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Mirabai about her approach to feminine mysticism and what brought her to write Wild Mercy. Mirabai explains women mystics' emphasis on interbeing as well as the innate connection between spiritual seeking and the fate of the earth.