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.

Signs You Might Be a Mystic

You may know one—or even be one yourself.

How and Why We Summon the Sacred

An arcing rainbow of colors is rising today from the world’s spiritual traditions, given power by the urgent questing of so many people all over the world for unmediated experience of the Source and for guidance into a future that belies all human knowing.

Spirituality and the Meaning of Mysticism for Our Time

What is real spirituality but the art of union with Reality? Mysticism is a particularly focused part of spirituality; the mystic is a person who aims at and believes in the attainment of such union.


Mystical and religious experiences can be classified in various ways, in addition to the built-in difference between mystical super sense-perceptual and sub sense-perceptual experiences.

What Is Occult?

Learn all about occult and how it differs from spirituality and mysticism as Sadhguru reveals all.

Science and Mysticism

The tragedy of dichotomous worldviews is compounded by the current myopia of conventional science and traditional religion, each convinced it has cornered the market on truth. "The true disease of the age is . . . literalism," observes mythologist Michael Meade.

What Is Mysticism? Definition and Examples

Ancient and Modern Mysticism and Mystics.

Can Mysticism Help Us Solve the Mind-Body Problem?

A freewheeling symposium explores experiences, theories and philosophies that challenge conventional materialist science.

Voices in Unity: A Conversation with Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr, who lives in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, is an author and highly sought-after speaker on the teachings of the mystics and contemplative practice.

Alan Watts Reconsidered

Watts hammers away at one central idea, essentially the insight of his mystical moments, that all of creation is one. - David Guy


Spiritual Quest