Mysticism is the practice and experience of communicating with God through the mind. In meditation, prayer, and imagination, in mysticism one leaves behind the world of natural laws, bound by space, time, and often prior expectation, and enters into the realms of the supernatural. As with spirituality, mysticism does not necessarily require one to be part of or follow a religion, but for the mystic, there is an immovable intrinsic belief in God, and relentless pursuit for the attainment of unity with the Divine, sought before and above any earthly possession.
We have laws in our societies, regulating the conduct of moral behaviour. We know about scientific laws, based on the observations of natural forces. There are universal laws, principles that govern the consciousness of human beings. Then there is Law, and that Law is God. The word ‘mystic’, originates from Greek, mystēs. Translated as ‘initiated person’. Mystics in human form, leave behind the land of the corporeal and enter into unity with the immaterial through contemplation, discipline, solitude, sacrifice, and surrender. In union with God, they receive secret ineffable universal knowledge. Mystical information cannot be translated into any human words, and it is often down to the mystic to interpret those given words into the language of the day.
The mystic enters into altered states of consciousness, experiences divine ecstasies, extreme torments as they proceed through the mansions of the soul. A journey into spiritual union written about and taught by the austere mystic and Spanish Carmelite nun, St. Teresa of Ávila, in her works on The Way of Perfection (1583), The Interior Castle (1588), Spiritual Relations, Exclamations of the Soul to God (1588), and Conceptions on the Love of God. Spirituality can be a chosen subject, by the mystic is themselves, chosen. Authentic mysticism is not a passing enquiry. The mystic is called directly by name, and the one who calls them is God.