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  Christian Mysticism
Where the mysticism of John of the Cross enters into dialogue with modern attempts to renew the contemplative life like centering prayer, Christian meditation and the Catholic charismatic movement
St. John of the Cross and Christian Mysticism
John of the Cross and Dr. C.G. Jung: Christian Mysticism in the Light of Jungian Psychology
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Mysticism considers as the end of philosophy the direct union of the human soul with the Divinity through
Mysticism, more or less emphasized, is found in the works of the Schoolmen of the thirteenth century.
Mysticism of Fichte (1762-1814), Novalis (1772-1801), and Schelling (1775-1854) was a reaction against the Rationalism of the eighteenth century.
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In modern culture mysticism is seen as the practice of communion and adoration of man of his divine nature.
Mysticism may be said to permeate Javanese life and consequently its vocabulary.
The Javanese mystical tradition is known for its syncretism.
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The mystical path and the enlightened state are of central importance to the shape of moral claims.
That mystical actions are "selfless" does not by definition mean that the mystics then must be acting out of concern for others' welfare or that their actions always have positive consequences for others.
Rational Mysticism, I find this anecdotal and personality approach to the big questions of science and the significance of mystical experience to be a little too thin with encompassing theory and systematic insight to be a completely pleasurable romp into the margins of science and the humanities.
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  Mysticism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mysticism is often found in common with nondual worldviews and many mystics, from whichever religion or tradition they originally came, also describe in many ways a non-dual view of existence.
Mysticism is experiential and holistic, and mystical experiences are generally held to be beyond expression; modern philosophy is analytical, verbal, and reductionist.
Mysticism is related to epistemology as well, to the extent that both are concerned with the acquisition of knowledge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mysticism   (5267 words)

 mysticism - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about mysticism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Official churches fluctuate between acceptance of mysticism as a form of special grace, and suspicion of it as a dangerous deviation, verging on the heretical.
In the East, mysticism is the root of Taoism and Buddhism.
A mystic is someone who awakens to a new consciousness of reality which transcends (although it includes) the normal world of the senses.
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 mysticism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Because of the nature of mysticism, firsthand objective studies of it are virtually impossible, and students must confine themselves to the accounts of mystics, autobiographical and biographical, or, as the mystics themselves say, they must experience for themselves.
There are certain common fallacies current about mysticism: that mystics are not “practical” and that they are revolutionary; on the contrary, many of the greatest mystics have been both intensely active as well as submissive to authority of whatever sort.
In Judaism the mystical tradition represented by the kabbalah was continued in the modern Hasidism.
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 Mysticism - Robert Robbins Essay
I prefer to interpret mystical experiences through the framework of art and culture and therefore I will speak of the sublime and place a greater emphasis on visions than the feeling of oneness with the universe.
Most mystics attach greater importance to this escape from the self into a union with the universe or God but I consider visions, miracles of the imagination, to be of greater interest to the artist.
A mystic prefers the complete loss of self for its serenity and rapture but a visionary state is more rich in imagery and can possibly reveal more mysteries of the soul.
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A mystical reaction to rationalism and naturalism, aided by the development of psychological science in the later nineteenth century, is still bearing fruit in the late twentieth century.
Scriptural sources for Christian mysticism are found largely in the Logos - incarnation doctrine of John's Gospel, in imagery such as that of the vine and branches (John 15) or Christ's prayer for union (John 17), as well as in aspects of the Pauline corpus.
Of the other issues that have recurred in mystical writings and studies of mystical writings, one of the most enduring is the question of the relation between cognitive, intellectual, or speculative elements, on the one hand, and affective, loving, or supraconceptual and suprarational elements on the other.
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This point, at which the soul attains oneness with God, “was the mystical ecstasy in which, for a brief indescribable moment, all barriers seemed to be swept away and new insight supernaturally imparted as one gave himself over fully to the Infinite One.”[8] The ancient mystics would frame this experience in romantic, even sensual terms.
Mystics are hung out in thin air, so to speak, and must make contact with God through imagination rather than through the rational use of their minds.
Mysticism and contemplative prayer is seeping into evangelicalism from many sources and a deluge could very well be in the offing.
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Mysticism is not magic, astrology and numerology, but rather, as one Zen expression relates, finding the original face of self, the no-self, that existed before one was born and is only perceived in the prelanguage of perception that usually is found in meditation and contemplation.
Mysticism, then, is not some kind of "secretism", of refusing to reveal a truth, but a specific way of knowing something, in which way one does not know what he knows and can not tell adequately what he knows.
In the mystical thought found in Christendom, those mystics of the fifth century enabled to protect themselves from the hierarchy of the Catholic church and her watchful eye, punishing those departing from the power structure of beliefs, branding as heretics with torture and death.
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 Mysticism: The Unfathomable Voyage   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mysticism is the school of magic least understood by the magical community, most difficult to explain to novices mages.
The spells effects commonly ascribed to the School of Mysticism are as wildly disparate as Soul Trap -- the creation of a cell for a victim's spirit after death -- to Silence -- the extinction of sound.
The Mystic mage is a patient and uncompetitve scholar.
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Another definition: "Mysticism is a radical transformation of self which leads to a state of illumination." This definition does not tell us anything about the nature of the transformation or the nature of a "state of illumination".
Usually mysticism is undertaken in the context of strong religious motivation and is therefore associated with religion.
The successful mystic does not cease to have desires and sensations; however he (or she) is serene in their presence and is not compelled by them.
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 Mysticism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mystical Thought of Meistwer Eckhart is a fresh and indepth interpretation of Eckhart's mysticism written by the one of the leading American authorities on the preacher.
Mysticism and Sacred Scripture, dealing with the essential, though often neglected, link between mysti­cism, mystical experience, and sacred scripture, is the latest result of an ongoing re­consideration of the nature of mysticism and mystical experience in its generality and totality.
These investigations of mystical language also made it still more evident that not only did mystics inescapably employ language in a host of remarkable and essential ways but also their language and the ways in which they used it were inseparably related to the world's major religious scriptures and their interpretation.
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 The Mystical and the Occult or Psychic
We are seeing the ascendancy of spirituality over religion in the minds of many, ranging from mystics and their kindred near-death experiencers to people who have had no unusual experience yet hunger for something beyond the standard brands of religiosity.
The mystic typically goes through stages variously counted and named by different observers: (a) a preparatory stage, sometimes divided into conversion and purgation, (b) an illuminative stage in which he or she literally sees the light, and (c) a fully unitive stage of oneness with God.
The mystic way is the way of personal union with the divine, most commonly held to be God, but sometimes relating to a similar sense of oneness with one's soul or with nature.
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 Theosophy : Mysticism by Annie Besant : AnandGholap.net
It is the mystic interpretations of the great spiritual facts of the spiritual world which lie at the basis of all that is worthy to be called knowledge.
And it is wise; for your Mystic when he is of the past is always a useful buttress to the Church, although when he is living among the orthodox he is apt to be rather a cause of unrest.
In their mystical writings, as I say, you find traces of that, traces which are drawn partly from the verse in Genesis when it is said that ‘in the image of God made He man’.
www.anandgholap.net /Mysticism-AB.htm   (10571 words)

Or anyone or anything that departs from the conventional; Carl Jung was derided as "a mystic" compared to conventional psycho-analysis, because he used unusual concepts like archeypes etc. Another meaning: the sixties revelation ushered in "the dope mystic", because cannibis alters consciousness.
As used here, the term "Mysticism" refers specifically to spiritual teachings and techniques that have as their aim the union of the individual consciousness with the Supreme.
A "mystic" therefore is a person who dedicates his or her life to this goal.
www.kheper.net /topics/mysticism/mysticism.htm   (395 words)

 Content Pages of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Social Science
Mysticism tends to refer to experiences supporting belief in a cosmic unity rather than the advocation of a particular religious ideology.
Mystical experiences also are activated by a variety of procedures that, through the ages, have been found to be effective.
Although mystical experiences are influenced by expectations, education, goals, and beliefs, such episodes reflect a skill that apparently provides psychological and physiological benefits.
hirr.hartsem.edu /ency/Mysticism.htm   (2077 words)

 The Metaphysics of Mysticism: Toward a Theory of Cognitive Transcendence. A Commentary on the Mystical Philosophy of ...
Mysticism is a phenomenon fraught with nuances, both linguistic and metaphysical.
Mystical theology, in one of its typical paradoxes, is essentially a rational enterprise despite the fact that the mystical experience itself is not.
And while it adverts to the Mystical Tradition in general, a tradition out of which the thought of St. John very clearly emerges, it does not presume to exhaustively treat of the many notable figures who have contributed to this long-standing tradition.
www.johnofthecross.com   (1358 words)

 Mysticism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
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.
There are, then, mystical extrovertive experiences, as in one's mystical consciousness of the unity of nature overlaid onto one's sense perception of the world, as well as non-unitive numinous extrovertive experiences, as when experiencing God's presence when gazing at a snowflake.
Regarding (1), while studying the socio-political ramifications of mysticism is certainly a mandatory undertaking, and should contribute to future social justice, it is not necessarily the task of philosophers, and certainly not all philosophers.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/mysticism   (12547 words)

 Judaism 101: Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
The areas of Jewish thought that most extensively discuss these issues, Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, were traditionally not even taught to people until the age of 40, when they had completed their education in Torah and Talmud.
Mysticism is an integral part of Chasidic Judaism, for example, and passages from kabbalistic sources are routinely included in traditional prayer books.
The mystical school of thought came to be known as Kabbalah, from the Hebrew root Qof-Beit-Lamed, meaning "to receive, to accept." The word is usually translated as "tradition." In Hebrew, the word does not have any of the dark, sinister, evil connotations that it has developed in English.
www.jewfaq.org /kabbalah.htm   (1559 words)

 William Chittick, "Islamic Mysticism"
In short, "mysticism," as I would prefer to understand it, stresses the fact that many religious people have been seriously and intimately engaged with ultimate reality, or, at the very least, that they have been engaged with a quest for communion with that reality.
By claiming that mysticism derives from outside sources, they embrace the Orientalist myth of a harsh and sterile Islam and ignore the spiritual and intellectual heritage of their religion.
With good reason, their approach has often been called "mystical." Webster's second definition of mysticism tells us that it can mean "the doctrine or belief that direct knowledge of God, of spiritual truth, or ultimate reality.
meti.byu.edu /mysticism_chittick.html   (4976 words)

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