What is mysticism?

I was reading some article. One link leading to another lead me to various articles on mysticism. From all these articles, one thing was glaring, that each article had its own definition of the word mysticism. So, what is mysticism? The definition of mysticism is usually given from a religion perspective but I believe there must be a broad based definition independent of religion connotations. Mysticism is concerned with the nature of reality, the individual’s struggle to attain a clear vision of reality, and the transformation of consciousness that accompanies such vision. What is the nature of reality? A highly subjective issue since what may be seen as realistic to one may not be for another. Thus, can we rightfully conclude that mysticism is subjective, depending on each individual’s opinion of various other hazy areas like realism and consciousness? Not necessary. Though the chances of the word ‘mysticm’ taking on a fuzzy meaning due to the fuzzy nature of the words describing it, it can still be defined in a way which is scientific, thus leading to the above definition. Note: The ultimate authority on mysticism seems to be William James. If you can find me some of his original works, please send it to me. Thanks


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