Read this book a long time ago, but I throw it down here because the memory of it still lingers, strong I remember being mesmerized reading page after page of summaries of the mystics in history, Jacob Boehme, Emmanuel Swedenborg, William Blake, Dante, Meister Eckhart, the list goes on and on Ms Underhill, another of the great largely unheralded women writers of the 20th century, succinctly and without diminishing her subjects greatness, presents their thinking, excerpts from their work, and clearly illustrates the thread common to all their writings which weaves its way through their common fabric Eminently readable, incredibly instructive, Mysticism offers a huge menu of great men and women from whose work to further pursue on your own.
very interesting, however, western mystics descriptions quotes of the various transcended states became tedious and repetitive for me Evelyn needed a good editor St Teresa s quotes were the most interesting Evelyn s organization of the subject, however, was excellent I think I was lookingfor a cultural history of mysticism.
It is no argument to say that most men see the world in much the same way, and that this way is the true standard of reality though for practical purposes we have agreed that sanity consists in sharing the hallucinations of our neighbors page 10 Now and then an artist is born, terribly articulate, foolishly truthful, who insists on Speaking as he saw Then other men, lapped warmly in their artificial universe, agree that he is mad or, at the very best, an extraordinarily imaginative fellow page 10 Is your world of experience so well and logically founded that you dare make of it a standard page 25 It has been said that Whatever we may do, our hunger for the Absolute will never cease page 39 Only the Real can know Reality page 43 was prepared for the remaking of her consciousness by years of loneliness and depression page 181 Hence, whilst the practice of magic like the practice of sci It s a book to outlast a bookshelf It is a thorough, insightful, clarifying overview and well referenced approach to a word which is actually quite difficult to pin down In returning to it, I am inevitably darwn to the sections on acidie, dark nights of the soul etc as a resource to help distinguish spiritual aridity from medical depression.
Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness read it.
this is a work of scholarship on the subject of mysticismit is one of thein depth books i have read about the subjectcovering all the stages of the mystic journey I learned that a mystic always holds love as the highest aim of the work begun in the individualthat no one mystic has ever revealed all of the stages that are present in any single journey toward godthat the stages appear in no particular orderafter the initial contact with the absoluteI love to read this bookits many quotations from known mystics blake, theresa, fox, etc are really interestingmike seely and the acid tong Is Evelyn Underhill S Seminal Work On The Subject The Book Is Divided Into Two Parts, The Mystic Fact And The Mystic Way In The First Part Underhill Explores The Theological, Psychological, And Philosophical Underpinnings Of Mysticism From A Historical Perspective In The Second Part Underhill Examines The Application Of Mysticism In One S Life As A Means For Spiritual Growth Evelyn Underhill S Mysticism Is Both A Fantastic Introduction To The Search For Spirituality Through Mysticism And An Almost Encyclopedic Examination Of The  Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness Æ Download by ¾ Evelyn Underhill Subject This book took me quite a while to read, and not at all because it is difficult it isn t I struggled to finish this book due to its inanity Underhill was obviously not a mystic She never had a true mystical experience For had this have been so she would have known that the entirety of her book is pointless That which is the mystic experience is completely outside of language and human conception it is outside of the human And what does Underhill do She tries to analyze this experience in an all too human way through the lense of what in her day was called Science.
An example Underhill often speaks of surface intelligence and some deeper mind She continuously embeds herself in such binary, hierarchical thought What she fails to realize is This is a wonderful book, but one that I m having to approachas a textbook than reading it straight through Underhill was a genuine genius, incredibly well read, scholarly, and willing to probe deeply into an esoteric subject like mysticism without being a cold materialist The density of her writing is impressive, which is why she takes so long to read I ve had to buy a couple of books that I can use to follow up on some of her references This is a book that will never be completely read , but one that will become a life long resource.
One note I m reading the 1930 edition of Mysticism I bought the copy originally owned by Edith Randall of Los Angeles, who was known for her work in astrology tarot Cool This book took a very long time to read It is a must read for anyone interested in mysticism I believe Underhill was the first woman to teach theology at Oxford and her knowledge of the spiritual life is amazing I would have to spend a few years to fully grasp this book, but I suppose her main points can be summarized as follows 1 Mysticism is practical, not theoretical.
2 Mysticism is entirely a spiritual activity.
3 The business and method of mysticism is love.
4 Mysticism entails a psychological experience Although an incredible book, I still think I liked Huxley s Perennial Philosophy and William James Varieties of Religious Experience .

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