mysticism


mys·ti·cism

noun \ˈmis-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

: a religious practice based on the belief that knowledge of spiritual truth can be gained by praying or thinking deeply

Full Definition of MYSTICISM

1
:  the experience of mystical union or direct communion with ultimate reality reported by mystics
2
:  the belief that direct knowledge of God, spiritual truth, or ultimate reality can be attained through subjective experience (as intuition or insight)
3
a :  vague speculation :  a belief without sound basis
b :  a theory postulating the possibility of direct and intuitive acquisition of ineffable knowledge or power

Examples of MYSTICISM

  1. Jewish, Christian, and Islamic mysticism.
  2. a student of Eastern mysticism

First Known Use of MYSTICISM

1735

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

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mysticism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

The theory and practice of religious ecstasies. Traditionally conceived as the spiritual quest for union with the Absolute, the Infinite, or God and the perception of its essential oneness, mysticism is now understood to encompass many other varieties of ecstatic experience and perception, including that of nothingness or of the disappearance of the soul. Forms of mysticism are found in all major religions. Ancient and medieval Christian mystics included St. Augustine, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Teresa of Àvila, and Meister Eckhart and his 14th-century successors. Whereas Hinduism and, in Islam, Sufism generally aim at unity with or absorption by the divine, Buddhism and the esoteric Jewish mysticism known as Kabbala are directed toward nothingness; Buddhism in addition emphasizes meditation as a means of moving toward enlightenment. Other mystical traditions are found within Daoism and shamanism.

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