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Practical mysticism; a little book for normal people


Practical mysticism; a little book for normal people

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    Evelyn Underhill(Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...and again their solemn warning against the deceptiveness of thought when it ventures to deal with the spiritual intuitions of man; crying with the author of The Cloud of Unknowing, " Look that nothing live in thy working mind but a naked intent stretching "--the voluntary tension of your ever-growing, ever-moving personality pushing out towards the Real. "Love, and do what you like," said the wise Augustine: so little does mere surface activity count, against the deep motive that begets it. The dynamic power of love and will, the fact that the heart's desire--if it be intense and industrious--is a better earnest of possible fulfilment than the most elegant theories of the spiritual world; this is the perpetual theme of all the Christian mystics. By such love, they think, the worlds themselves were made. By an eager outstretching towards Reality, they tell us, we tend to move towards Reality, to enter into its rhythm: by a humble and unquestioning surrender to it we permit its entrance into our souls. This twofold act, in which we find the double character of all true love--which both gives and takes, yields and demands--is assured, if we be patient and single-hearted, of ultimate success. At last our ignorance shall be done away; and we shall " apprehend " the real and the eternal, as we apprehend the sunshine when the sky is free from cloud. Therefore " Smite upon that thick cloud of unknowing with a sharp dart of longing love "--and suddenly it shall part, and disclose the blue. "Smite," "press," "push," "strive "--these are strong words: yet they are constantly upon the lips of the contemplatives when describing the earlier stages of their art. Clearly, the abolition of discursive thought is not to absolve you from the obligations of industry....

"God gives without stint all that the creature needs, but it must do its part. He gives the wheat: we must reap and grind and bake it." -Evelyn Underhill In these two classics, British poet and mystic Evelyn Underhill shows herself to be one of the most authoritative modern voices on mysticism. Written on the eve of World War I," Practical Mysticism reviews the works of the greatest Western mystics, including Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, and Thomas a Kempis. Underhill's goal is to guide her readers on a journey toward mystical consciousness, to teach them to see the "eternal beauty beyond and beneath apparent ruthlessness."" Abba, first published in 1940, takes as its starting point the seven phrases of the Lord's Prayer, using them as a means to propel the self toward union with God. In these important works, Underhill brings an often esoteric subject onto a practical footing, showing that the profound gifts of mysticism are not only for the few but are within reach of us all. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 34 pages
  • Evelyn Underhill(Author)
  • (10 July 2012)
  • English
  • 9
  • Mind, Body & Spirit

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  • By Mary j on 16 October 2014

    fascinating book; can see why it is still in print 100 years on

  • By Susan Bower on 17 March 2017

    I am absolutely delighted with this purchase

  • By old farie on 17 March 2017

    Interesting book. Great for dipping into

  • By J. Moore on 2 February 2008

    In this book Underhill provides a brief overview of the stages of mystical development. The focus is on neoplatonist style mysticism, leading up to higher forms of contemplation. The book is titled "Practical Mysticism", as Underhill describes it as something that can (and should) be integrated into daily life.

  • By Katherine Austin on 29 November 2013

    I wanted a practical understanding and maybe developing of a spiritual gift. what I got was a theological and waffly account which did nothing to inspire me. However, I am just one kind of personality, test it for yourself.

  • By CG53 on 5 May 2015

    The book has no bibliography details or page numbers so I cant use it in my dissertation.

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