In his book What is Mysticism Rev. Jon Mundy lists 16 characteristics of mysticism. These are an accumulation of various characteristics expressed by a wide range of mystics:
1. An experience of God.
2. A personal Soul experience.
3. A definite peak experience (including personal transformation).
5. A noetic quality (illumination or revelation).
6. It is simple and yet profound.
7. Transcendental (happening outside of time)
8. Passive (release of all control to God).
9. Practical, not theoretical (involves the whole self and not just the intellect).
10. Not interested in changing, adding to, repairing, improving or fixing others.
11. Monistic (all is one).
12. Oceanic (blending or melting into whatever is).
13. Freedom (from sin, guilt and fear).
14. Awe-fullness, wonder, joy and bliss.
16. LOVE IS ALL THERE IS.
So this is quite an expansive topic. Mystical experience is unique to every person and ineffable, words being incapable of expressing the direct expereince of God. In the Newsletter I will try to provide some background as a point of departure for discussion, but my larger intention comes from a statement by the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner: "In the coming age we must all become mystics - or be nothing at all." I have also, in various other places, found similar notions expressed. All basically making the same point, that a new spiritual nature of human beings will come about or we may cease to be at all. The discussion is then about mysticism as the way forward for life on earth. Is it possible? What is required? How to proceed. I will examine the proposition - there is a human mystical imperative if there is to be a future on earth.