Volume 6 / Issue 1 SPRING 2020

1 6 S p i r i t ua l i t y S t u d i e s 6 - 1 S p r i n g 2 0 2 0 Science and Mysticism: Possibilities and Limitations in Exploring Mysticism Received January 5, 2020 Revised February 11, 2020 Accepted February 14, 2020 In his study, the author scrutinizes possibilities and limitation in exploring mysticism. The first approach of this study focuses on traditional views on mysticism, based on descriptions of mystical states and imaging of developed biofield energy of a mystic. To describe mystical states, he used Teresa of Ávila and her work The Interior Castle , while iconography in Christian mysticism, drawings in the Chinese books of life and drawings by Hōun Jiyu-Kennett served him as a source of information for comparison of energy biofield in mystics. In the second approach he studies possibilities for scientific exploration of mysticism, especially accompanying effects, such as human energy biofield. To measure human energy biofield, we used the device called Bio-Well. This device detects electro-photon emission of fingers and analyses it using computer software. The research results show that there is a direct relation between spiritual practice and increased energy levels. However, it also reveals that biofield research is rather indirect as it is based on energy measurement in individual organs. Despite the fact that the final computerized data shows energy increase in individual organs, both graphically and numerically, it does not present the overall form of developed energy field of human. Key words Mysticism, science, Bio-Well, Teresa of Ávila, Kundalini, chakras Slavomír Gálik

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