The word “mystical” – to paraphrase William James – is often used to subtly denigrate beliefs which could be regarded as vague, sentimental, or – to us – illogical or irrational. If the state of mind defies description… Mystical. If revelatory, illuminative, or significant but inarticulate knowledge is involved… Mystical. If the state is transient or temporary, like a trance or an ecstatic quavering… Mystical. If there exists the feeling that the will, the ego, the self, is set aside or even grasped and held by a power distinct and superior strength… Mystical.
Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, they each have sects that follow and teach “mystical” traditions.
So why do we treat that which is “mystical” with disdain? Do we still, in the face of the awareness of the magnitude of the universe, the ineffability of its scale, need to offhandedly disregard the “mystical”? Or do we need to embrace it?
I think everyone knows my answer, by now.