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Unknowing and Unsaying: Negation in the Mystic Quest

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By Robert K. Clark

Mysticism is a word which has been both widely used and also misused. It derives from the Greek word mystes, “one who is initiated”, even as the word mystikos means “mystic”, “mystical” or “connected with the mysteries”. The etymological relationship of “mysticism” to “mystery” is evident. If mysticism has to do with that which is mysterious, however, it is not“misty” or vague. Nor should it to be equated with the occult or parapsychology, or with the powers with which these deal, such as clairvoyance or telekinesis…

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