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What is Mysticism?

Mysticism is "a direct experience of the sacred, unmediated by conventional religious rituals or intermediaries," says Mireille Starr.

The word is derived from the Greek for ‘I conceal’ and the related word meaning ‘an initiate’. The Oxford University Press describes it as:

  • the belief in union with the divine nature by means of ecstatic contemplation

  • the belief in the power of spiritual access to ultimate reality

  • domains of knowledge closed off to ordinary thought.


More succinctly, it is "the personal experience of the absolute or divine."  

Mysticism is found in all religions and faith paths - Christianity is no exception, and it is within the Christian tradition that we will focus most deeply throughout this series.

Mysticism is much misunderstood and maligned by some arms of the Church, and deeply respected and encouraged by others. It is a path that invites us to move beyond ourselves to the presence of God in all things. Walk with us as we explore the path together.


What is Mysticism?
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