Common Core

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The Common Core (a.k.a. Common Core Thesis, a.k.a.) holds that "mystical experience is a universal phenomenon that is essentially the same for mystics from different traditions, even when it is interpreted differently."[1]

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This position, also known as “perennialism,” is associated with, among others, William James, Aldous Huxley, and Walter Stace.


  1. Jacobs, Bas J. H. “Getting off the Wheel: A Conceptual History of the New Age Concept of Enlightenment.” Numen 67 (2020): 373–401. p. 376.