What is mysticism?
“Mysticism is the belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.”
Mysticism is the awareness of the world of the Spirit, Oneness, as compared to the world the ego, separateness.
The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the mystical. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists . . . is at the center of true religion.
Mysticism is the pursuit of a spiritual and intangible quest;
the finding of a “way out” of illusion or a “way back” to
absolute truth. It is an intimate personal adventure. Mysticism
is the art of arts. It is the most romantic of adventures.
Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism
The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant
communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not.
A Course In Miracles, W–49.1:2
As we create and develop the Mystic Circle of Unitarian Universalists we first must have some basic understanding of what mysticism is and who a mystic might be.
The mystic is who Evelyn Underhill refers to as a person engaged in spiritual adventure to realize the nature of oneself and to return home consciously to that from which one has separated.
The first step on a mystical spiritual path is to undo the conditioning of the ego. This takes forgiveness and purification. The second step on the mystical spiritual path is loving kindness towards oneself and others and all of creation.
The key to the mystical life is intention, a conscious decision to forgo one’s willfulness for willingness to align oneself with one’s apprehension of their Transcendent Source. This requires daily practice.
The mystical circle of Unitarian Universalists is a covenantal organization of committed individuals to pursue a spiritual path on a daily and even hourly basis. It is embarking on a way of life which is based on Love and which results in peace and joy within people in a morphogenic field which has influence far beyond its center.
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