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.