Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness

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Courier Dover Publications, 2002 - 515 pagina's
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Mysticism is usually thought of as an intense state involving personal unification with the Divine or Ultimate Reality. By its very nature, it is an ineffable experience, impossible to put into words. It is not impossible, however, to study the phenomenon, with an eye toward understanding not only its nature and manifestations, but its relationship to spirituality in general. This book is such a study. Widely considered the best book on mysticism for the general reader, this classic volume assembles a broad range of information scattered among monographs and textbooks in many languages.
The work of a noted British authority on mysticism, it is divided into two parts: the first provides an introduction to the general subject of mysticism and its relation to metaphysics, psychology, theology, magic, and symbolism. The second and longer part contains a detailed study of the nature and development of spiritual or mystical consciousness, including such topics as the awakening of the self, the purification of the self, voices and visions, introversion, ecstasy and rapture, the dark night of the soul, and the unitive life. An interesting appendix provides a historical sketch of European mysticism from the beginning of the Christian era to the death of Blake.
Richly documented with material drawn from such great mystics as St. Teresa, Meister Eckhart, St. John of the Cross, and William Blake, this remarkable study will be of immense interest to students, psychologists, theologians — anyone interested in this extremely personal and powerful form of spiritual life.

  

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THE POINT OF DEPARTURE
3
MYSTICISM AND VITALISM
26
MYSTICISM AND PSYCHOLOGY
44
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MYSTICISM
70
MYSTICISM AND THEOLOGY
95
MYSTICISM AND SYMBOLISM
125
MYSTICISM AND MAGIC
149
INTRODUCTORY
167
VOICES AND VISIONS
266
INTROVERSION PART I RECOLLECTION AND QUIET
298
INTROVERSION PART II CONTEMPLATION
328
ECSTASY AND RAPTURE
358
THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
380
THE UNITIVE LIFE
413
CONCLUSION
444
A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF EUROPEAN MYSTICISM FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA TO THE DEATH OF BLAKE
453

THE AWAKENING OF THE SELF
176
THE PURIFICATION OF THE SELF
198
THE ILLUMINATION OF THE SELF
232
BIBLIOGRAPHY
475
INDEX
505
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Evelyn Underhill (6 December 1875 - 15 June 1941) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian Mysticism. In the English-speaking world, she was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the 20th century. No other book of its type-until the appearance in 1946 of Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy-met with success to match that of her best-known work, Mysticism, published in 1911.

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