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The term "mysticism" is used in several different contexts.  On the one hand, anything out of the ordinary - e.g. UFOs or paranormal perception, are considered part of the "mystical and unexplained.".  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 does alcohol; why not refer to drunks as "booze mystics"?

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.  With this use of the word Mysticism, we have the following categories:

No doubt there's more groups that should be included as well.

What is mysticism?


The Savior and the Godhead

(essays by Pat Revels)

The Unitive State of Mysticism
Formless, Emptiness, Mystery
The Transcendent, All-Pervasive Reality

Professor Andrew Wilson - from Readings from World Scriptures


Web links World Mysticism Links Web links

Web SiteAncient Wisdom Home Page - a selection of on-line texts, from didfferent mystical traditions

Web SiteMysticism in World Religions - a number of on-line mystical texts, arranged according to religion and topic.  Excellent site.

Web Siteannoitated links directoryThe Mysticism Resources Page - Information on traditional and modern spiritualities great list of links on all aspects of Mysticism.

Web Site Enlightened Spirituality - a very promising new website, which includes a wealth of materials on panentheist spirituality, authentic sages, criteria for healthy/unhealthy spirituality and cults, ethical eating, nondual spirituality, world religions, mystical traditions, Consciousness studies, Sathya Sai Baba, Rumi and the Sufis, the Taoists, the Buddha and Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mystics, the Vedantic tradition, and more.

web pageThe Mystic's Conflict With Religious Authority and an Introduction to Kabbalah: interesting article, with some worthwhile observations.  However I did find one very curious sentence.  "Only in Nihilistic mysticism (Sabbatian in Judaism, Gnostic in Christianity, Hinayana in Buddhism) do mystical doctrines imply conflict with traditional religious authority." *astonished*

Web SiteMighty Companions - a non-profit organization.

"We host circles where leaders of thought explore the changes currently taking place in human consciousness. Our mission is to help humanity vibrate to a new harmonic. We are an energy field -- a consortium of heroic disciples of Truth, serving as instruments of the Intelligence to express on earth.  This site hosts dialogue to "compare notes" on the transformation of consciousness, where we move from separation and self-centeredness to a sense of oneness and concern with all of existence. We offer a neutral playing field, with no religious practice or commercial product, for people of vision and heart to engage with one another."


By the way, here is a quotation that I think sums up the true essence of what the Mystical path is all about

see also...

Absolute Reality
Advaita Vedanta
Monistic Mysticism
Eastern Philosophy
Mahayana Buddhism
Christian Mysticism
God With and Without Form
Unmanifest Absolute
Esoteric and Exoteric

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