Mysticism

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  • Mysticism
    • Mystical experiences include an experience in which the subject is transformed and reports the loss of individuality and union with the deity
      • example of Simone Weil and Boehme
    • Ed Miller's five common features of mystcism
      • Transcendent
        • short in nature, but is very intense and has long lasting consequence on the recipient e.g. they become more religious
      • Ineffable
        • Not easily expressible/ explained in language
      • Noetic
        • The mystical experience conveys a deep truth
      • Ecstatic
        • It fills the soul with bliss/ peace
      • Unitative
        • Uniting our spiritual soul with reality
    • Types of mystical experience
      • Unitive- removal between the individual and God
        • St Paul on the Road to Damascus (Act 22) claimed to have had such an experience
      • Transcendent-takes a person 'beyond' the realm of everyday experiences. Described as 'other-worldy'
        • Sufism is based on focusing on a union with Allah through meditation so does have aspects of transcendental mysticism
      • Ecstatic- closest the person can get to feeling what it must be like to be in the presence of God
        • In Toronto Blessings services some people uncontrollably laugh hysterically, as they feel the holy-spirit
    • mystical ascent- the steps begin inaan eartly, mundane world but with regular practise, the individual can ascend their own reality (ladder!)

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