mysticism

Mysticism is a religion or religious belief based on union or communion with a deity, or divine being. Mysticism is what lets you transcend the physical to experience enlightenment — let's just say you'll recognize it when it happens.

Mystical, mysterious, and filled with wonder, mysticism is easily associated with crystals, New Age theories, or the occult (the supernatural). The truth is that many faiths, including Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity, have their own forms of mysticism, placing an emphasis on spiritual connection and union, and the mysteries of religion over dogma or rigid rules. Outside of religion, mysticism is applied to cryptic, obscure, or irrational thought — leaning toward mystery and wonder, rather than logic.

Primary Meanings of mysticism

1.
n
a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
2.
n
obscure or irrational thought
Full Definitions of mysticism
1

n a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality

Synonyms:
religious mysticism
Types:
quietism
a form of religious mysticism requiring withdrawal from all human effort and passive contemplation of God
Sufism
Islamic mysticism
Type of:
faith, religion, religious belief
a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
2

n obscure or irrational thought

Type of:
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process
the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

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