What is a mystical experience?
if you were having a mystical experience, how would you know? what is the defining criterion and how is it different from a spiritual experience and a religious experience?
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I’m making the assumption that the mystical/spiritual/religious experience is a purely subjective experience. that being said, we have a shared language which is used to communicate many subjective experiences, so I’m assuming there is a shared meaning surrounding “mystical experience.” and since we have three different words, there is also an assumption that there are three distinct meanings. and while esoteric answers (of religious visionaries) are interesting, I suppose what I’m really after is how these things are generally, practically defined within American society and culture.
why? (as someone asked) to get some perspective. I suppose I’m attempting to tease out my own opinion through the act of dialogue. don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to argue and belittle others (this is a deceptively personal question), but I do reserve the right to respectfully pose challenging questions.
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