An example of mysticism is believing that a direct connection can be made with God through sitting and thinking.
- the doctrines or beliefs of mystics; specif., the doctrine that it is possible to achieve communion with God through contemplation
- any doctrine that asserts the possibility of attaining an intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths through meditation
- vague, obscure, or confused thinking or belief
- a. Belief in direct experience of transcendent reality or God, especially by means of contemplation and asceticism instead of rational thought.b. Such experience had by an individual.
- Belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are directly accessible by subjective experience: belief in séances, astral projection, and similar mysticism.
- Belief that is not based on evidence or subjected to criticism: “[When] grappling with the evils they have themselves exposed &ellipsis; these lifelong Marxists drift off into vague mysticism and into worship of personality” (I.F. Stone).
English from the early to mid 1700's, Confer French mysticisme.