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Mainstream religious traditions often find a division between their literalist and contemplative currents, often times the former antagonistic to the latter. Western occultism can be seen as a descendent of the contemplative currents that developed within the Abrahamic traditions, with import from the Orient.

Greco-Roman

Mystery religions

Platonism

Neoplatonism

Jewish

Merkabah mysticism

Kabbalah

Christian

Gnosticism

Eastern Orthodox theology

Islamic

Isma'ilism

Sufism

Hindu

Yoga

Vedanta

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