What Is Abrahamic Mysticism?
The greatest ambition of the mystic is topassionately seek God.Rather than rely on themediated doctrines andrituals of external, orexoteric,religiousexperience, themystic wants a directunmediated experiencewith the divine. Typically popularmisconception betraysmysticism as irrational anddelusional. We imagine theintense prayer and contemplation of the isolated permit or thepassion of the Sufi. Arguably the rationalistic scientific worldviewwhich demands verification for all things, would see thepassionate pursuit of an unverifiable divinity seen as an act of avoiding life. To some extent all religion seeks a knowledgebeyond the empirical and so face the same charge. Howevermuch of human experience cannot be verified how can oneempirical in measure the phrase “I love you”? Or can ww deny thevery real emotional appeal of art simply because it cannot bemeasured? In the mystic would claim that such reductionismtragically cuts out much of the human experience arguing that isall her relationship with the divine is holistic, a suprarationalexperience that is closer to reality.Although visionaries and ecstatic is our part of the mystictradition, the popular image of an emotionally unstable permit ina state of constant ecstasy is far from the truth. The pursuit of apassionate personal relationship with the divine was practised by