Definition of mysticism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪstɪsɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
1Belief 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: St Theresa’s writings were part of the tradition of Christian mysticism
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  • For some, mysticism implies that subjective knowledge of the true nature of the universe can, in fact, be obtained.
  • This leads us into mysticism as the spiritual quality of staying in pure contemplation in the divine presence.
  • Does one then conclude that mysticism and the mystical experience is universal in its experience?
2Vague or ill-defined religious or spiritual belief, especially as associated with a belief in the occult: there is a hint of New Age mysticism in the show’s title
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  • Much of it is reminiscent of occult and eastern mysticism.
  • However, what we are witnessing is not an increase of interest in the Bible or its teaching, but an upsurge in speculative religion and mysticism.
  • The popular Star Wars trilogy is a prime example in which much of the occult and Eastern mysticism can be seen.
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