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.
President Russell M. Nelson of the LDS Church shared 5 "absolute truths" a few days ago, and I comment on where I think he was right, and where I believe he was unfortunately mistaken.
Mythologies run in cycles. We may be in the middle of a massive paradigm shift in the myths which point to our deepest meaning and identity in the cosmos.
In the 1980s there was a group of contemplatives from several different religions that gathered to dialogue, and they came up with eight points of perennial wisdom that they seemed to share in their experience of an Ultimate Reality.
The ironies and paradoxes run high and deep in mystical experience. Here is some of what I've experienced.
My ideas about the Divine have shifted in recent years as my spiritual practice has deepened. Here are some thoughts about how I currently interpret "God."
Science Mike shares a mystical experience he had that bears resemblance to Joseph Smith's First Vision, and other such encounters with the Divine.