The discussion topic this week for the "Spirituality Explorer's" group is "Mysticism". There are many misconceptions about what a mystic is. Some think that it has to do with the occult or something very mysterious. But mysticism relates to a life of conscious oneness with God. Rather than simply worshipping or studying about God, a mystic seeks to experience God as an indwelling presence. Prayer, meditation and contemplation are usually an important aspect of the life of a mystic. There are many mystical traditions. There are Jewish mystics as well as Sufis, which are a mystical movement of Islam. The Gnostics, which originated during the early years of Christianity, were also mystics. One of my favorite Catholic mystics was Thomas Merton. Another well-known mystic was St. John of the Cross.
The question is: Do you consider yourself a mystic? Have you ever experienced a feeling of oneness with God?