<metaphysics, philosophical terminology> belief in direct apprehension of divine or eternal reality by means of spiritual contemplation distinct from more ordinary avenues of human knowledge. Recommended Reading: Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness (Oneworld, 1999); William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (MacMillan, 1997); Mysticism: A Study and an Anthology, ed. by Frank C. Happold (Viking, 1991); and Gershom Scholem, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism (Schocken, 1995).
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