Day 24 Inspirations: Mysticism and Philosophy

mys·ti·cism

ˈmistəˌsizəm/Submit

noun

1.

belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.

2.

belief characterized by self-delusion or dreamy confusion of thought, especially when based on the assumption of occult qualities or mysterious agencies.

Mysticism

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mysticism is "a constellation of distinctive practices, discourses, texts, institutions, traditions, and experiences aimed at human transformation, variously defined in different traditions."

The term "mysticism" has Ancient Greek origins, with various, historically determined meanings.[web 2][web 1] Derived from the Greek μυω, meaning "to conceal",[web 1] it referred to the biblical, the liturgical and the spiritual or contemplative dimensions in early and medieval Christianity,[1] and became associated with "extraordinary experiences and states of mind" in the early modern period.[2]

phi·los·o·phy

fəˈläsəfē/Submit

noun

the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

a particular system of philosophical thought.

plural noun: philosophies

"Schopenhauer’s philosophy"

the study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience.

"the philosophy of science"

synonyms: thinking, thought, reasoning

Philosophy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.[1][2] Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument.[3] In more casual speech, by extension, "philosophy" can refer to "the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group".[4]

I tend to lean more to Philosophy than Mysticism. The woowoo side of different sides of Paganism and the unquestioning embrace that some people have quite frankly annoys the crap out of me. Just because you are Pagan doesn’t mean abandoning you thinking side at the door. The ancient Druids seem to have accomplished a marriage of the two but I haven’t yet. When woowoo things happen, my first tendency is to go WTF? but as I have gotten older it’s gotten easier. Of course, when you grow up with a ghost who likes to stand by your bed you have just a wee bit of knowledge of woowoo that an a grandmother who teaches you to talk to the trees and then they start to talk back but still the skeptic lives.

Still I’m not much of a mystic until it slaps me in the face and that really has happened so most of the time I’ll stick to the practice of Natural Philosophy. It is why I took so much science and philosophy in school. Think first then do or act. For all I write stories, I’m not much of a dreamer, never have been, had too many of them dashed too young. Dreaming without work isn’t much of a dream.