The Most Beautiful Emotion – Mystical

by Catherine DeAngelis


“The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

Could the word “mystical” be an emotion that one feels as it is defined by Webster’s revised unabridged Dictionary (1913):

  • remote from or beyond human comprehension
  • baffling human understanding
  • unknowable
  • obscure
  • mysterious

Albert Einstein described “mystical” as the most beautiful emotion we can experience. He says, it is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.

Albert Einstein (1879–1955), German-born U.S. theoretical physicist. quoted in Einstein: His Life and Times, ch. 12, sct. 5, Philipp Frank (1947). He was Nobel laureate, best known as the creator of the special and general theories of relativity and for his bold hypothesis about the particle nature of light. He is known as he 20th Century Celebrity Scientist.

If we were to contemplate the word “mystical” how would we experience this emotion in our life?
Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s in his final book “Living to Tell the Tale,” he credits Guatemalan writer Luiz Cardoza y Aragón: “Poetry is the only concrete proof of the existence of man.”
We could believe Márquez’s legacy was to make us desire more mystical expression so it is to thrive in modern times. Are his words subliminal? They speak echoing of oppression that a poet’s connectedness might be stifled, unable to explore freely as Luis Cardoza y Aragón did, to see beyond the universe and all its time and space.

The online Encyclopedia Britanica claims Emily Dickinson as one of the leading 19th-century American lyric poets who lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision.
Emily Dickinson, throughout time was known for her mystical poetry. She had a delivery of words as if on a path known simply to the purest of souls. Dickinson walked along this mystical, celestial plain. She lived life with curiosity as though it were for all humanity from as early as age 9.

Alone, I cannot be –
For Hosts – do visit me –
Recordless Company –
Who baffle Key –xxx

They have no Robes, nor Names –
No Almanacs – no Climes –
But general Homes –
Like Gnomes –

Their Coming, may be known-
By Couriers within –
Their going – is not –
For they’re never gone –


Emily at age 9

Source:  Emily Dickinson As Mystic by Norman D. Livergood
 This article was last updated August 8, 2015
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