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Why Mystical Studies Are Still Important Today

By Charles Kelly


Mystics can trace their roots to the most ancient of religions, many of which can have a surviving tradition, sect or denomination. A lot of methods for worship come also come from these and may be found in traditions, customs or cultural mores in a country who had them. In one sense, the virtues in these are founded on the rituals or ceremonies that they used.

This is lost more often than not, although they have been driven deep into cultural subconscious and also in the peculiar habits of the people. Mystical studies will have a sectarian spirit, and is also partly about the search for connections to those ancient spirits of worship. Memories can be cut off, sometimes during conflict or migration that can erase records and memory.

The shamanistic cults practiced a widespread kind of worship based on the physical aspects of existence. They worshipped nature and animals, practiced what have been denounced by the church as bizarre or savage rituals. One of these was the reign of kings who have everything during his lifetime, but was killed in the fields when the first white hair appeared on his head.

The ceremony of sacrificing kinds on fields was a fertility process, helping to make land more bountiful. If his blood is joined with the earth, the belief was that divinities became satisfied and would help the land become fruitful. When agriculture became more intensive and effective, there was need for a new mystic system for people.

This was more about philosophy, deeper views of the cosmos, and it was first promoted during the rise of Jews or even earlier. The philosophers who became mystics would later found powerful religions now formally established today. They were instrumental in creating schools and the academe, inspiring the rise of arts, culture, and science and technology and the like.

Today, formal studies in mysticism are those that are academic in nature, the preserve of theologians and similar experts. The studies have been sanitized to fit the concept of higher consciousness that all axial religions espouse. The axial religions are those founded on a historical thousand year human turning point, like Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.

Practices considered base are often seen as throwback behavior embedded in racial memory, and these can include herd violence. But then, there is really no proved connection to the religions accused of being their cause. These studies will be those whose aim is to look for those elements of these practices that operate or are active deep in modern cultures.

The church considers many things cardinal sins and will be connected to behavior in domestic settings or the wider compass of social action. For the studies, these are threads that can lead to understanding of darker sides of religions that had supposedly died a long time ago. Axial systems had the mission of eradicating them, but there have been survivors, running deep in hidden ancestries.

The most relevant study in mystical systems today is one that is based on contemplation and cleanliness. Vows for abstinence and penitence can also be relevant, but the studies themselves in the academic sense continue to shed light on dark corners of the human experience. And this always aims to achieve the highest sense of the divine for humanity.




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