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‘Mystery’ is the unexplained or unknown (metaphysical). It is all those things which we are curious about, but are not able to be physically measured or currently understood. See also: Quantum Physics, The Mystery of God , Elements of Mysticism

Mysticism is the direct, immediate experience of the mystery of ultimate reality. A mystic is a person who achieves metaphysical mystical experience and/or an awareness of the divine mysteries, or one who sees themselves as part of ‘All human and divine love’.

Mysticism” on this site means the journey towards “union with the Absolute, the Infinite, or God”. Mysticism can also mean direct, immediate experience of ultimate reality.

For Christians, mysticism is union and communion with God. For Buddhists, it is realization of enlightenment.

Evelyn Underhill’s classical definition is helpful: “Mysticism, in its pure form, is the science of ultimates, the science/experience of union with the Absolute, and nothing else

Notable mystics were Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, St Julian of Norwich, Buddha, Dogen, Hildegard von Bingen, Khalil Gibran, Lao Tzu, Najmuddin Kubra, Pythagorus, St. Teresa of Avila and Thomas Merton.

“Everyone is a mystic. At some deep level we know that we are not mutually alienated from each other and that we do have sufficient being. Rearranging energy from within is what mysticism does. Raising the hidden knowledge of unity, rearranging our interior dynamism, is something we can practice.”
Dr Beatrice Bruteau

 

The mystical presence of  love is something that is difficult or impossible to understand.
On this website mystery is the longing for that mystical presence to be accepted within you, and at the same time joining with a universal love energy.

“It is from the more or less obscure (mystical) intuition of the oneness that is the ground and principle of all multiplicity that philosophy takes its source. And not alone philosophy, but natural science as well. All science is the reduction of multiplicities to identities. Divining the One within and beyond the many, we find an intrinsic plausibility in any explanation of the diverse in terms of a single principle.”

Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy

”The Eastern mystics see the universe as an inseparable web, whose interconnections are dynamic and not static.
The cosmic web is alive; it moves and grows and changes continually.
Modern physics, too, has come to conceive of the universe as such a web of relations and, like Eastern mysticism, has recognized that this web is intrinsically dynamic.
The dynamic aspect of matter arises in quantum theory as a consequence of the wave-nature of subatomic particles, and is even more essential in relativity theory, where the unification of space and time implies that the being of matter cannot be separated from its activity.
The properties of subatomic particles can therefore only be understood in a dynamic context; in terms of movement, interaction and transformation.”

Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics

Being a mystic is an inner heart thing that is not thought, it is a fall into the mystery of being part of the infinite ‘All’.

(The definition of mystery changes over time. In the 16th century, only 400 years ago, people believed the earth was flat. 100 years ago people believed that science and metaphysics were incompatible. The scope of the unknown and what is seen as truth varies as knowledge and consciousness increases.)

Carl Jung’s autobiography, ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’, which he wrote in his eighties, is a mystic story.
He referred to it as his “personal myth” or “fable” – and clearly distinguishes his soul story from a historical accounting of victories and misfortunes.
“I can only make direct statements, only “tell stories.” Whether or not the stories are “true” is not the problem. The only question is whether what I tell is my fable, my truth.
In the end the only events in my life worth telling are those when the imperishable world irrupted into this transitory one. That is why I speak chiefly of inner experiences, amongst which I include my dreams and visions. . . 
All other memories of travels, people and my surroundings have paled beside these interior happenings. . .. 
Outward circumstances are no substitute for inner experience. . . I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings. it is these that make up the singularity of my life, and with these my autobiography deals.”

 

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