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  1. Abstract
  2. Mystical experience
  3. Ineffability and paradox
  4. The mystical fusion of subject and object
  5. Oneness and nothingness
  6. The dualistic human experience
  7. Mysticism as a model
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

The purpose of this essay is to both connect and clarify the concept of Oneness present in most every spiritual tradition's mystical realm. Certainly such traditions as Buddhism and Taoism tell, in detail, of a transcendental reality that permeates throughout ?all the myriad things.? Even Hinduism celebrates a universal unity in its cacophony of godheads rooted in the one Brahman. Beliefs of Oneness are also held within the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Practitioners within each of these speak of the One God who created the world and all things present in it, and thus the mystics therein conclude that this God must also be present in all things. Hence, these monotheistic religions present a variety of notions regarding some Oneness inherent in the universe.

[...] Left is equidistant with right around the axis of direction, much the way that positive one is equidistant with negative one around the axis of numeric value. Continuing along this mathematic allusion, two ideas are considered complimentary, or supplementary, when their absolute values from a common perspective are equal. Thus, all emanations from the origin Mu are potential axes of a duality. In seeking enlightenment within Oneness, the mystic first recognizes the existence of these dualities and subsequently rejects them. [...]

[...] Thus, since the mystical experience grounds itself in detachment from sensation and assessment, explains itself not in theoretical propositions but in acts emerging out of a certain quality of consciousness and awareness.?7 This is why Lao Tzu wrote, who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know.?8 He who has experienced a mystical state cannot directly describe it so he relies on allusion and paradoxical language to convey the transcendental feeling. The koans of Zen Buddhism exemplify this principle the best. [...]

[...] Symonds recounts feeling this Nothingness in his mystical experience as, consisted in a gradual yet swiftly progressive obliteration of space, time, sensation, and the multitudinous factors of experience.? While the effective aim of a mystical experience is the feeling of Oneness, of being present in unity, it only occurs through the instance of Nothingness. Consider Nothingness as the gateway to Oneness. The progress of attaining liberation in Oneness typically spans four layers of God-thought. In the first, forms are considered forms, and emptiness as emptiness; things seem as they are. [...]

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