My grandfather was born in 1887. He believed in Bishop John H. Koyle’s mine, his dreams, and the mine’s purpose. Bishop Koyle shortly died after being excommunicated from the mormon church, in the year 1944. The mine has been out of production since. Each year the board meets to decide if the season is appropriate to return into full production and fulfill its mission.
Google’s definition tool offers two definitions to the word Mysticism. Both definitions merit quoting:
“belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.”
“belief characterized by self-delusion or dreamy confusion of thought, especially when based on the assumption of occult qualities or mysterious agencies.”
I am the third generation to hear of the mine, and have grown up hearing two versions of the story. Offered in these two definitions are two perspectives of the same experience. The first, from the perspective of someone seeking a mystical experience. The second comes from an outside perspective, an observational analysis of a mystic. The first assumes the affirmative quality of the experience. The second denies it. The definition both denies and affirms the experience the word represents. Inherent in its definition is the agency of the reader or writer: a choice must be made to believe or disregard the experience.