Their mystical experiences are pursued in private.
‘Constructivism’ underscores the conceptual “construction” of mystical experience.
Its name comes from a mystical, spherical, mystical object in the "Lord of the Rings" that allows its owner to "see from afar."
Teresa of Ávila distinguished four stages of mystical prayer.
Set and setting influence the contents of all mystical techniques.
Care should be taken not to confuse mystical experience with “religious experience.”
Neither need the insight be exactly simultaneous with what makes the experience mystical.
Ahmed Yesevi wrote poetry for the people, and his mystical order was a popular brotherhood.
Because of its variable meanings, a definition of ‘mystical experience’ must be partly stipulative.
Invoking God to explain mystical experiences is like invoking miracles to explain natural phenomena.
Although much mysticism, like much religion, is indeed irrational, other mystical traditions take pride in their adherence to reason.
Going beyond, but including, discrete mystical episodes, the mystic is able to fashion a cumulative case for mystical conclusions.
The thinking that there is a common, unconstructed, essence to mystical experience has worked against the recognition of women’s experiences as properly mystical.
When Islam reached Java in the 15th century, the mystical tendencies in it were incorporated by the Javanese into their own markedly mystical religious literature.
This plausibly restricts the influence of one’s cultural background on one’s mystical experiences, in turn making possible identical experiences across mystical traditions.
Reports of mystical experiences may be paradoxical also in sense (2), because at times mystical language does assume logically offensive forms, when actual absurdity may not be intended.
Belief in the deliverances of mystical experience will seek justification far beyond what can be possibly identified with a discrete, local brain analogue to the mystical experience itself.
—died June 15, 1941, London), English mystical poet and author of such works as Mysticism (1911), The Mystic Way (1913), and Worship (1936), which helped establish mystical theology as a respectable discipline among contemporary intellectuals.
Philosophers have differed over the nature of mystical experiences regarding what extent mystical content is putatively “given” to the mystic or rather constructed by the mystic in accordance with the social-mystical tradition in which he or she is embedded.
By virtue of his intense poems—“Cántico espiritual” (“The Spiritual Canticle”), “Noche oscura del alma” (“The Dark Night of the Soul”), and “Llama de amor viva” (“The Living Flame of Love”)—he achieves preeminence in Spanish mystical literature, expressing the experience of the mystical union between the soul and Christ.
- having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
- relating to or characteristic of mysticism
Example: mystical religion
- relating to or resembling mysticism
Example: mystical intuition
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By virtue of his intense poems—Cántico espiritual The Spiritual Canticle Noche oscura del alma The Dark Night of the Soul and Llama de amor viva The Living Flame of Love—he achieves preeminence in Spanish mystical literature expressing the experience of the mystical union between the soul and Christ