I am writing out loud as I consider the first of four William James’s criteria for a mystical state. Interacting with the criteria as I hear them.

The first to consider is ineffability. Not a word I use ordinarily. Can I presume I have never suffered a mystical state? My answer is I could have, but just didn’t know.

I read many books to perpetuate mystical state without really knowing what to expect. In fact, the most recent crop is all over my desk. I am told that they make it harder to dust, but as companions they are wonderful, especially when enhanced by a purring cat lying on top of them and a dog under foot.

The definition of “ineffable” according to Oxford English is, “That which cannot be expressed or described in language; too great for words; transcending expression; unspeakable, unutterable, inexpressible.”

A good beginning. I plan to take this to my counselor friends and say, “I would like to tell you of a mystical experience, but words will simply not express.”

Surely their “why” questions will enhance progress.


11 thoughts on “Ineffability

  1. Carole Webber April 13, 2014 / 8:17 am

    Your ineffability leaves me speechless
    Mystical experiences, I question.

    • fictionfitz April 13, 2014 / 8:23 am

      As questions require words, you no longer need do so, and in restraint, have met the first criteria.

  2. M. Zane McClellan April 13, 2014 / 8:49 am

    Wonderfully witty post. Thank you. ~ Michael

  3. joannwentzel April 13, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Your posts are especially thought provoking.

  4. New Hampshire Garden Solutions April 13, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    When you have an experience there will be no doubt as to what it was and it will be indescribable. This might be a good thing, because when you try to describe it most people will likely think that you’ve lost your mind and the few who do believe you won’t know what to say or how to help.

    • fictionfitz April 14, 2014 / 10:17 am

      Have you had one?

      • New Hampshire Garden Solutions April 14, 2014 / 10:38 am

        The short answer is yes, because there is far more to it than can be gone into here. I’ll see if I can try to put it together for you in an email.

  5. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist April 14, 2014 / 4:03 am

    Bob you have done it again. I didn’t know the word but it is going to be common usage with me from this point on. It will cover all bases and leave me no reason to look for words. Cheers Irene

    • fictionfitz April 14, 2014 / 10:14 am

      It is kind of a freeing experience.

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