Mysticism Primer: Knowledgeable Open Mystic visitors will recognize that the temporal aperture model as proposed here has implications in mysticism. It differs from earlier - timeless - efforts in its reliance on modern structural analogs as its basis. Clues to mystical meta-structures everywhere surround the observant mind, and in the 21st century we are collectively better prepared to read those clues than the ancients. Open Mystic is all about elegant extraction of those clues inductively from modern technical structures.
Open Mystic is proposed to be the arguably most successful unifying model in that it truly is all inclusive. It proposes to describe consciousness and cosmology as fully congruent. The visitor can see in these links, if they don't already know, that models in the mysticism rubric strive to find an all inclusive unity. It is an expansive pursuit. It contrasts with philosophy in that the latter is a reductionist, redactive intellectual effort.
Likely it is that a highly diverse society in which leisure time is available and life spans relatively long will provide an ideal scenario such that at least a tiny number of inspired individuals may be able to propose reasonable highly inclusive models under the grand umbrella of mysticism.
The Internet is full of sites dealing with mysticism in all facets. Here is a selection that will open in a new browser window:
+ Wikipedia - Mysticism from the Greek μυω (muo, "concealed") is the pursuit of achieving communion or identity with, or conscious awareness of, ultimate reality, the divine, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight; and the belief that such experience is an important source of knowledge or understanding...
+ Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - The term ‘mysticism,’ comes from the Greek μυω, meaning “to conceal.” In the Hellenistic world, ‘mystical’ referred to “secret” religious rituals. In early Christianity the term came to refer to “hidden”...
+ The Mystica - This is a belief in or the pursuit in the unification with the One or some other principle; the immediate consciousness of God; or the direct experience of religious truth. Mysticism is nearly universal...
of Mysticism - What then do we
really mean by mysticism? A word which is impartially applied to the
performance of mediums and the ecstasies of the saints, to "menticulture"
and sorcery, dreamy poetry and mediaeval art, to prayer and palmistry,
the doctrinal excesses of Gnosticism, and the tepid speculations of the
Cambridge Platonists -- even, according to William James, to the higher
branches of intoxication -- soon ceases to have any useful meaning...