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The miscellaneous writings of Mark Bridgeman

Is mysticism real?

Yes mysticism is real, a tiny fraction of people in all places and at all times have wanted to experience union with whatever it was that they perceived to be the divine source of all things.

This naturally leads you into philosophy and physics as expressed through various and diverse cultural lenses, as a keen desire to understand the nature of reality is the essential hallmark of the mystic.

By understanding reality they learn all about God, because God and reality are one and the same.

Some mystics believe that the entire universe is God and that they too are also God because they are a part of the universe, whilst others see the universe as a type of amazing work of art that can reveal much about the mind of God through the process of studying it in the same way that an art lover can examine a painting to learn all about the artist.

Mystics spring up all over the place, but are nevertheless rare people, yet they are not special, rarely in contact with one another, and without the common structure of a belief system they somehow or other all wind up speaking the same metaphysical ‘language’ conveying the same ideas that broadly speaking are:

  • That it is possible to achieve a state of one-ness with the divine or absolute source of all creation.
  • Mystical knowledge can be revealed to the self via a process of epiphany.
  • Spiritual progression comes via a process of diminishing the self/egoic centre of the psyche.

The end result of this type of introspection is a sense of ever expanding awe and reverence for all life, an understanding of the unity of opposites, that God can be both a personal God and also absolute, both caring and indifferent, everything and nothing all at once, making reality fixed and also fluid.

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