Mystical and Religious Experience
This kind of experience can be classified in various ways. When any experience includes sense-perceptual or introspective content, it is classified as an extrovertive experience. When not extrovertive, the experience is introvertive. An experience of “nothingness” or “emptiness,” in some mystical traditions, and an experience of God resulting from a disengagement from sense experience, would be an example of introvertive experiences. One might also make a distinction between theistic and nontheistic experiences. Theistic experiences are purportedly of God while nontheistic experiences can be of an ultimate reality other than God or of no reality at all. There is also a rich family of experiences of union with God. “Union” involves a falling away of the separation between a person and God, short of identity.