Sample Religious Studies Paper on Spirituality and Faith

Spirituality and Faith

Mysticism is a philosophical illusion, a charade of unique perspectives shrouded in mystery and obscurity towards the universe. It is cultic and takes on multiple forms including witchcraft, religion and spiritualism. Mysticism is the art of union with Reality. A mystic is an individual who has attained the ability to unite with reality and or subscribes to such realizations.  Contemplation is the surrendering of an individual to the presence of a powerful supernatural Being and the realization that He is the cradle of life and our being. Contemplative spirit: acts that close the gap, between our soul and that of our supreme being achieved through momentary silence. They include occurrences at catechistical gatherings and prayer meetings.

Christians and non-Christians can practice and achieve mysticism and contemplation through finding inner peace mostly attainable in silence surroundings. Initiating sessions of catechism with silence drills to create a divide between the revival time and the outside world.  In stillness and quiet, the spirit is lifted to a higher realm, for concentration invokes the inner spirit (Kenney, 2005, p. 77). Before believers indulge their Holy Books and scripture, they prepare their souls in silence with episodes of background shadow music just to set the mood for spiritual indulgence and bonding.

Conceptualizing and practicing contemplation and mysticism helps individuals to live in the contemporary moment. It alleviates fears associated with the past, reassuring one that God is, and works in the present and not in the past. (Kenney, 2005, p. 112) In this practice gives new perspectives to realities. Individuals realize that the Supreme Being is responsible for all situations, bad and good. Fellowship cannot be achieved in solitude. This practice brings people together and stirs their interest action.



Kenney, J. P. (2005). The Mysticism of Saint Augustine. London: Routledge.