In Jodo Shinshu/Shin, only Amida Buddha saves, by a pure grace that circumvents the necessity of practices performed in "The Path of the Sages" which are aimed at attaining enlightenment. Shin might encourage mindfulness and meditation, but only with the understanding that these actions are not in themselves salvific and do not confer enlightenment. Amida takes care of that department. So if the adherant wants to practice, fine, so long as s/he realizes that Amida, not practices, saves.
But how does Shin regard mystical experience? Presumably if a Shin adherant had an experience of divine union, or specifically, union with Amida, Shin would give the same reply that it does in regard to practices: Mystical experience is fine, but it is not necessary to have it, and it does not save or confer enlightenment. At any rate, that's what I'm guessing Shin would say.
If the above surmise is correct, can anyone address the issue of mystical union/experience from a Shin perspective...? I am surprised that for all the devotion and love directed to Amida Buddha, I have never come across any Shin reports of an actual spiritual union with Amida; and certainly, I have seen no "Non-Dual" claims to the effect that our "I amness" is at base Amida's "Amness".
Instead, the union between adherant and Amida seems to simply consist of "being embraced". And, of course, being embraced by Amida is more than "good enough". However, my question is not about experiencing or acquiring "more", but rather why this particular "more" is not evident in Shin texts. Shin people seem never to experience and extoll Amida's embrace to the extent that, say, bhakti devotion in Hinduism, or devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or Mary in Catholicism, express their versions of devotion and union.
So my question is twofold:
1. Has any historical Shin adherant claimed mystical union with Amida; do any contemporary people claim it ? And if not, why not?
2. If such an experience should occur, how would it - or would it not - fit into the Shin model of Amida's embrace?