|1.||belief in or experience of a reality surpassing normal human understanding or experience, esp a reality perceived as essential to the nature of life|
|2.||a system of contemplative prayer and spirituality aimed at achieving direct intuitive experience of the divine|
|3.||obscure or confused belief or thought|
In religion, the attempt by an individual to achieve a personal union with God or with some other divine being or principle. Mystics generally practice daily meditation.