Universal Perspectives & Resources on Mysticism

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1st Tuesdays
(9pm ET/6pm PT)

This is a discussion group about how mysticism shows up for 
us in our daily life.

2nd & 4th Mondays
(9pm ET/6pm PT)

These groups will be interfaith gatherings for contemplative prayer, affirmation, and intention, led by Raymond Sigrist. You are welcome to recite a prayer from your tradition or spiritual source. If you don’t care to pray aloud you are welcome to simply come and listen.

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“Why should we not also enjoy an original relationship to the universe?”  
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, an early UU Mystic

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What does mysticism mean to you?
Add your thoughts in the comments below.

15 thoughts on “mysticism”

  1. The open minded and curious investigation, study, exploration, discovery and experiential practice for direct experience of the transcending mystery which is known by many names.
    The Open, direct, experiential Communication, connection, communion with that Transcending Mystery, Higher Power, Universal Creative Intelligence, Infinite Ineffable Presence, Life Energy, Spirit, God, etc. as it is understood by an individual and/or group of individuals.
    The means and methods to change our awareness, recognition, acceptance, embodiment and expression of that mysterious power greater and beyond ourselves which exists and operates around, in and through us.

  2. Just the term mysticism scares some people. It is really just our search for truth, knowledge, meaning and closeness to God/nature/Source/Force/Divine or whatever one chooses to call IT. Knowing that there are others, who have had mystical experiences or who believe in that which is beyond human doing, is comforting. This community enjoys the knowledge and wisdom of people from many spiritual backgrounds, which for me is so nourishing to my spirit.

  3. I think there might also be a community dimension of mysticism in that we learn from others and seek their company. That’s a Quaker perspective.

  4. For me it is the source of unconditional love. No matter what happens I won’t lose my ability to love. As Zhuanzi says, the adept can “make a springtime out of everything that happens.

  5. for me mysticism is part of my daily life. I am aware of a connection to a reality larger than my daily rounds. I am aware of the presence of, and influence of, spirit guides who are in our lives to foster our well-being and to help us through difficulties in life. Mysticism leads me to ask deeper ‘why’s’ rather than to settle for plucking the low-hanging fruit of our culture’s ‘prevailing wisdom’. It is a door to a wider place.

  6. Knowing that I am part of everything, from the beginning to now to forever. Connecting with and accepting responsibility for all on our Earth home and believing that gratitude and love are powerful tools. Everything we send out comes back. Everything we send out grows. We are helped by the connection with all.

    1. I belong to the Inayati Order which was founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan. My teacher was Pir Vilayat for 25 years. This is a universal Sufi order which honors the masters, saints, and prophets of all the world’s religions.

  7. What I have learned to call my mysticism happens when I look at living plants, especially, large or small, and see with startling clarity that they are brimming with intelligence, embodying mind so tirelessly and finally that I don’t know how I could ever NOT see this. It is so blatantly obvious it sometimes makes me laugh. You will never read about this in the newspaper. But there it is. Showing forth. My mind understands this.

  8. Mysticism is apparent within us. Just as science explains the process at work within our body, Mysticism is, in this practitioner’s opinion, the explanation of process at work in each of our souls.

    If we are willing to look deep into each other, it becomes crystal clear. Every single person is equipped with feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears, and dreams. The experience of these components highlights the mysticism of humanity. Too often we over look this, either consumed with ideas directed solely at self fulfilment, or else being blind all together from this magic at work between us all.

    It does not matter who you are, where you come from, where you are going, what color your skin is, what entirely you believe in, what your background or culture is… WE were put here TOGETHER on this planet, for a finite amount of time. We are given this opportunity to connect, and to forge alliances and bonds here and now. To we capture this opportunity? Or do we walk this journey alone?

    To walk alone, is to forsake the Mysticism and the beauty of humanity at it’s greatest.

  9. You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.

    Mary Oliver
    Wild Geese

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