The heart of religion is in the religious experience. Just what is it and what can be deduced from it?
For many religious people there is in the center of their religious nature the feeling that there is something more than their individual consciousness could contact. There is a sense of something "more" or bigger than anything in the known universe. This issues into a hypothesis or idea of a supernatural reality or dimension of reality beyond that which normal sensation can encounter.
A Religious experience is an encounter of a human being with a supernatural being, be it a deity or an emissary or intermediary for the deity, nevertheless a spiritual entity.
It is a numinal experience. Religious experiences are for the most part, individual and esoteric.
The MYSTICAL experience is a particular variety of religious experience in which the subject is transformed and reports the loss of individuality, the oneness of all reality, union with the deity, the unity of the subject of the experience with the object of the experience.
The commonalities in such experience around the world is termed the consensus mysticum.It has been described by Rudolph Otto as involving an experience characterized as being tremendum et fascinans