I had a great conversation a few weeks ago on my friend's podcast.
The sitcom celebrity of How I Met Your Mother had an entheogenic "First Vision" experience of "Christ," and lives to tell about it.
A mystical experience of a boy in 1939 Wisconsin remarkably resembles many other such "First Vision" experiences in history.
It seems that no concept that the mind can hold within it will be able to explain the nature of Ultimate Reality.
Are faith healings real? If so, how might they work deep in our psyche?
For many people, religious language is failing. New words are being used to refer to similar religious ideas.
I created a graphic to better illustrate the evolution (or devolution) from mysticism to religion to politics, and back again, as originally modeled by David Steindl-Rast.
What is the relationship between mysticism and religion? It is perhaps a cycle, which begins in mysticism and ends in fundamentalist dogmatic religion, and politics, where it begins again.
Apostasy (and apocalypse) are two words that could use some closer investigation in our spiritual journey.
It can be difficult to understand the difference between organized religion and the mystical experience. An analogy can help.