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What is Abrahamic Mysticism

What is Abrahamic Mysticism

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A Review of what defines mysticism in the context of the Abrahamic Esoteric Mystery Schools.
A Review of what defines mysticism in the context of the Abrahamic Esoteric Mystery Schools.

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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
 
people of all levels of intelligence society and emotional health.Some mystic literature demonstrates exceptional intellectualrigour, just as art can also demonstrate exceptional skill. Just asart can be appreciated by skilled artisan or a person barely ableto hold a paintbrush, the genius of Beethoven and the majesty of Bach can be appreciated by people of various levels of technicalproficiency. In the same way, esoteric traditions have beenpractised by people of varying ability. Throughout history the relationship between the exoteric practiceof the church synagogue or mosque has been both synergisticand at times tense. Arguably mysticism and organised religionhave existed in a state of mutual dependence. Each form of religious expression has grown in response to the other. For, someof the most influential religious literature is a product of thefervent search for a fervent, intimate love for the inexpressibledivinity. With the re-popularization of the works of SufiMohammad Jalal al-Din al-Balkhi al-Rumi, the West has beenreacquainted with the fusion of intense eroticism that expressesthe fusion of a love for the divine with a passion between lovers.Nevertheless mystic mystical literature gets within the historicalframework of the exoteric religious tradition of the time. Also,although mysticism is a personal experience it flourished in thecommunity's Halachic observers Christian monasteries and Sufifellowships. To many in the West the esoteric traditions of the Abraham inreligions have been largely forgotten. People identify mysticismwith the video key sitting in the lotus position or the meditatingBuddhist monk. Judaism Christianity and is lamb are seen asactive external community focused traditions of ritual prayerreligious law and morality. Yet it would be remiss not to rememberthat Eastern traditions also have strongly developed principles of law ritual and morality.
 
Religion is a way of life organised around experiences andconvictions concerning an ultimate power. The community life of exoteric religious practice includes shared ritual myth doctrinecodes of morality and sacred books that mediate the power of religious experience in indirect and nonthreatening ways. Thebeliever is our sable to experience God at a distance so as to notbe destroyed by it. In contrast, mysticism is an individual and verypersonal search for direct unmediated contact with the divine. Through the term of mysticism derives from the Greek Mister S orone who has been initiated into a cult being granted access to thestatus in law unavailable to the uninitiated however deterministicis usually apply to the individual suggesting access to a realm of knowledge not available to others or able to be fully expressed.For although pray is the practice of human communication withthe divine mystic creator often transcends speech either throughecstatic utterance or prayers of silence. This intensecontemplation meditation and silent prayer transcends thecommon community prayer petition praise confession the outbowel or him practised in a church synagogue or mosqueAccording to your Joachim Wach, “ religious experience is theresponse of the whole person to what is perceived as ultimate,characterised by a peculiar intensity, and issuing inappropriateaction.” That is, the believer's response derives from a convictionin the religious experience and is not a self generating fantasy. The religious experience is not merely a matter of ideas of will oremotions that involves the whole person including his or her body. The religious experience is subjective and being perceived asultimate transcends all goes beyond normal experience, with anintensity and a perceived reality that may not be able to beexplained by the believer but the believer knows a certain that heexperienced it. Unlike an intense emotional response to beautifulmusic the religious experience has the power to organise thebeliever's life. Arts may elicit a powerful emotional response butrarely will a change a person's life.

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