Mysticism

By: Radhika Barve and Rhea Tibrewal: 2nd Period

Definition

Mysticism was the belief in the Middle ages of the union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, can be attained through praying and thinking deeply . Mysticism referred to the dimensions of spirituality. Christian Mysticism was popular throughout the Middle ages.

Detail

Mystical experiences were marked by all or some of these insights: a sense of unity, a sense of timelessness, a sense of having encountered God, a sense of sacredness, a sense that the experience is indescribable.

The writings of the medieval mystics in thirteenth-century Europe opened the doors of Christian mystical ideas and rituals to an increasingly wide audience. Certain mystics and mystical movements provoked Church intervention and denunciation. The writings of the medieval mystics in thirteenth-century Europe opened the doors of Christian mystical ideas and rituals to an increasingly wide audience. Certain mystics and mystical movements provoked Church intervention and denunciation.Church rulers only endorsed certain mystics when they validated their holy visions.

Mysticism has many dangers. It was easy to confuse being emotional and hysteria with unity with God. Another problem was that it tended to the multiplication of angels, which it created to imply that the ability to communicate with God was direct.

Meister Eckhart, one of the most influential mystics of the medieval age saide that, “God is infinite in his simplicity and simple in his infinity. Therefore he is everywhere and is everywhere complete. He is everywhere on account of his infinity, and is everywhere complete on account of his simplicity. Only God flows into all things, their very essences. Nothing else flows into something else. God is in the innermost part of each and every thing, only in its innermost part." He was later charged with hearsay by the church.