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Mysticism



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.

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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.

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FindCenterIn the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.

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What is Mysticism? - Fr. Richard Rohr

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.

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The Mystic Foundation: Understanding and Exploring the Magical Universe

The sheer number of mystical traditions in the world can be overwhelming to seekers new to the metaphysical world. Summing up the universal truths underlying many mystic institutions, The Mystic Foundation is an initial step toward understanding the wisdom of each.

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The Monk and the Rabbi — Mysticism & the Peak Experience

From LUNCH WITH BOKARA, Bokara Legendre talks with Brother David Steindl-Rast and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner about mysticism and how peak experiences and religion factor in. This segment focuses on Br. David's contributions to their conversation.

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FindCenterLife only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.

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Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion

Drawing on his experiences as a former priest, Watts skillfully explains how the intuition of Eastern religion—Zen Buddhism, in particular—can be incorporated into the doctrines of Western Christianity, allowing people of all creeds to enjoy a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the spiritual...

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Feminine Mysticism with Mirabai Starr - Insights at The Edge

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.

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Philosophical Mysticism in Plato, Hegel, and the Present

Few twenty-first century academics take seriously mysticism's claim that we have direct knowledge of a higher or more “inner” reality or God. But Philosophical Mysticism argues that such leading philosophers of earlier epochs as Plato, G. W. F.

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FindCenterReason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.

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