Volume 6 / Issue 1 SPRING 2020

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 1 7 Slavomír Gálik 1 Introduction Among laymen, mysticism is seen as a phenomenon that is quite impossible to grasp rationally. Despite this, historically but also presently, spirituality not only sees mysticism as something real, something that we should try to understand and systematically examine, it eventually tries to identify methods to achieve mystical states. This indicates that mysticism could also be analyzed systematically. However, the question that remains is whether it could be studied scientifically, i.e. if it is possible to measure it using any devices. At the first sight it seems impossible to conduct scientific research of mystical states as these are of spiritual nature. We would therefore like to find out if it is possible to ap - proach scientifically the so-called accompanying effects of mysticism, such as increase in human biofield energies trig - gered by mystical experience. These energies are physical and known for example as ch’i , Kundaliniwith chakras and so on. We are specifically speaking about examining changes in energy biofield, using GDV technique ( Gas Discharge Visualiza - tion ), which is based on computerized analyses of bio-photon emissions of human fingers in high-energy magnetic field captured using a specially configured optical CCD camera system [1]. First we will try to explain our understanding of mysticism and traditional approaches and explanations of energy states in human, in mysticism in various spiritual traditions. About the author Prof. PhDr. Slavomír Gálik, PhD. , is a philosopher who specializes in philosophy of mysticism, philosophy of media, and history of philosophy. He publishes extensively in these fields. Among his most import - ant publications are booksPhilosophy and Mysticism and The Spiritual Dimension of Crisis of Contemporary Man . As a head researcher he led a research project on phenomenon ofmystical death in European and non-European spiritual traditions. He currently serves as Vice Dean for science, research, quality and foreign relations at the Faculty of Mass Media Communications, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia. His email contact is s_galik@yahoo.com.