In order to help others who might be involved with some form of mysticism, it is important to be aware of these terms and understand their basic meanings:
Altered State of Consciousness
A meditative or drug induced non-ordinary state of mind.
The supposed laws of the Universe that, when mastered, enable one to see one’s own divinity–another word for metaphysics or occultism.
Sign of the Zodiac represented by the water carrier, Earth Age, associated with this astrological sign. The term New Age refers to the coming Aquarian age which is in the process of replacing the Pisces age. According to astrologers, every 2,000 years constitutes an age. New Agers predict this Aquarian age will be a time of utopia.
Biblical Meditation or Contemplation
A normal thinking process of reflecting on the things of God and biblical precepts.
Another term for contemplative meditation (going deep within your center). A type of meditation being promoted in many mainline churches under the guise of prayer.
Believed by New Agers to be the seven energy centers in man which open up during the kundalini effect in meditation.
Taught by New Agers to be the state of awareness, reached in meditation, in which one realizes that one is divine and one with God and thereby becoming a Christ or an enlightened being.
Going beyond thought by the use of repeated words or phrases.
Imaging in the mind, during meditation, what you want to occur and then expecting it to happen. In simple terms, you are creating your own reality.
Monks who lived as hermits beginning around the third century who first taught the practice of contemplative prayer.
Ecstasy (or Bliss)
The hoped for outcome of contemplative prayer or mediation
The false self is the ego or personality that is observable by others. One rids oneself of the false self to find the true self through mantra-meditation. New Agers would consider people like Buddha, Ghandi, and even Jesus Christ as examples of people who found their true self.
Supposed God-self within that New Agers seek to connect with through meditation. Also called the Christ-self or True-self.
The view that all the worldâ€™s religions are identical at the mystical level and therefore there should be solidarity among them.
A popular version of this prayer is Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner, often abreviated to Jesus.
Powerful energy that is brought on through meditation, associated with the Chakras.
Means sacred reading. In today’s contemplative movement, it often involves taking a single word or small phrase from Scripture and repeating the words over and over again.
Word or words repeated either silently or verbally to induce an altered state of consciousness.
Meditation is practiced by all major world religions and is often described as an essential discipline for spiritual growth. Yet, like mysticism, there is great diversity in the practice of meditation. While some see mediation as simply spending time thinking quietly about life or about God, others use meditation techniques to experience altered states of consciousness that allow them to have esoteric experiences. In addition, meditation is promoted in secular society for the personal benefits of health, relaxation, and improved productivity.
Beyond the physical realm or pertaining to the supernatural.
A direct experience of the supernatural realm.
The Age of Aquarius, supposedly the Golden Age, when man becomes aware of his power and divinity.
A movement that tries to merge classic occult concepts with Christian terminology.
Kept secret or hidden; the practice of metaphysics throughout history.
God is all things. The universe and all life are connected in a sum. This sum is the total reality of God. Thus, man, animals, plants, and all physical matter are seen as equal. The assumptionâ€”all is one, therefore all is deity.
God is in all things. In panentheism God is both personal and is also in all of creation. It is a universal view that believes God is in all people and that someday all of Godâ€™s creation will be saved and be one with Him.
Spiritual energy that is channeled by one attuned to the Reiki power. Literally translated God energy.
Either a physical spot where one goes to engage in a mystical practice or the actual silence or the state of being during the mystical experience.
The teaching and application of the spiritual disciplines; a vehicle for contemplative prayer
Absence of normal thought.
One who promotes or trains people in the spiritual disciplines including the silence.
The belief that all humanity has or will ultimately have a positive connection and relationship with God.
(From the Glossary in A Time of Departing)
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