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Ineffability- emphasizes the private, or at least unspeakable, quality of the experience.
Mystics have written openly about their experiences. Words can never capture their full
meaning. This raises a delicate problem of interpretation.
Noetic: to be sure that mystical insight hardly ever arguments theoretical knowledge. Insight
suffuses a person’s knowledge with unique sense of incorporation.
Passivity: passivity of a mystical experience may be its most distinctive characteristic. Once
the higher power takes possession, all voluntary preparation appears to lose its effectiveness.
Transiency: remained in enhanced states of consciousness. Irregular intensive experiences
figured therein as moments of a more comprehensive surpassing awareness.
Rhythmic: quality of mystical life.
Integration: the mystical consciousness somehow succeeds in overcoming previously
existing opposition in its integration with a higher reality.
2. Nature mysticism refers to the kind of intense experience whereby the subject feels
himself merging with the cosmic totality. But in the religious experience a sense of
transcendence persists throughout the experience of cosmic union either with regard to
nature as a whole or to its underlying principle. Chief advocates of nature mysticism are,
John F. Cooper, William Wordsworth, and Jean Paul.
3. The Mysticism of Emptiness: Buddhism: rooted in a profoundly pessimistic attitude
about the changing world of everyday existence, they aim at a condition of
changelessness that surpasses that existence. Mostly hope to attain this salvation through
enlightenment prepared by moral discipline and mental concentration. Ch’an Buddhism
indicates the importance of mental concentration. But Zen also requires a systematic
surpassing of reason. Once the mind is cleared of conscious thought, unconscious
elements emerge from its subliminal depths. This is called hallucinations and they are
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