Throughout history, the “mystical path” or the spiritual approach of achieving “direct contact” with the Divine has resulted in powerful spiritual experiences.  While often bordering on the ineffable, some of these mystical experiences have actually led to the founding of a world religion, or spawned some of the most profound ecstatic poetry ever written.

For some thousand years, mystical practices have been a small but vital part of Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and other faiths and native traditions.  Yet those following the mystical path have so often been persecuted, being perceived as threatening to the power of the established religious orthodoxy.  It has often been said that true mystics often have more in common with each other than with the more scripture-based adherents from within their own religions, and this Global Spirit program delightfully underscores that truth.

In this Global Spirit program, host Phil Cousineau joins Brother David Steindl-Rast, Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man and Maata Lynn Barron to shed light on some of the common attributes of those who yearn for and reach, however momentarily, what they describe as a direct experience of God or the Divine. From the ancient Jewish Kabbalah and Islamic Sufi practices, to the spiritual illumination and epiphanies experienced through monastic contemplation, “The Mystical Experience” explores both experiential and analytical approaches to this rich subject.


Watch Brother David’s Video Web Chat (February 27, 2011)


15 thoughts on “The Mystical Experience

  1. The program offers intelligent conversation among three renowned scholars of religion and spirituality.

  2. My name is Julie Ann Hostetter. I am related to John Collier…Eyler, Oiler, Lee, Potter… I experienced a vision that I am not able to eloquently express. I would like to speak with someone about it. It has been weighing heavy on my life, and I need to gain an understanding.

    Please contact me…

    Thank you
    God be with you!

  3. Your Global Spirit TV program is a refreshing insight to Consciousness. It reflects many of my guru, Swami Amar Jyoti’s teachings as well which is a reminder of our spiritual heritage by the Masters of many traditions.

    Namaste & thank you for airing this program, Carol

  4. Brother David, you are truly one of the most enlightening people I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Thank you so much for sharing and for being so simplistic in your sharing.

  5. Thank you so much… I enjoy all of your shows and appreciate all the hard work you have put into the programming and content. I have learned so much..

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