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review Mysticism The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB ½ Mysticism 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 psychologiR 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 subject. This book took me uite 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 ScienceAn 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 that it isn't about any depth of thought or conception but rather a completely other way of thinking and conceiving beyond all conception The mystical transgresses all that is human shattering the organizations and the order that we impose through language and knowledge To see the world in a single flower is to break out of all that is human in our experience truly an impossible act from our all too human standpoint in which all experince is imbedded in concepts and patternsUnderhill finds that all she can do is turn to writers who may have had such an experience and uote from them excessively If you find the writings of St Francis or Teresa enlightening then read them; don't read someone continually rephrasing what they are telling you is already an inadeuate description Underhill is repetitive and not as in a dirge or fugue simply stumbling saying the same words in trying to unify a chaos beyond all speech and thus all unityI wanted to enjoy this book to learn from it Mystical thought is very important to my own thinking But this book and its past popularity are astonishing to me There is so little of mysticism here and so much of the human grasping that the mystics spent their lives distancing themselves from

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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 fo. Mysticism is the belief that the individual will be absorbed or reabsorbed into the deity or the absolute It is therefore incompatible with Christianity and constitutes a heresy that is sometimes affiliated with the occult I saw this book on LibriVox several times and it somehow caught my attention I wanted to know about Christianity and this was a subject I hadn't dealt with before Every time I walk my pug I listen to a Christian audiobook and recently I've chosen this one I asked three Christians I personally knew two musician friends origami repetika and graffiti mechanism as well as my general practitioner about Christian mysticism and all of them were sceptical although repetika also suggested that some mystics had some interesting things to say Still I stayed with my decision to listen the book And despite my 1 star rating I don’t regret my choice because it deepened my understanding of mysticism or reabsorption theology Unfortunately the narration of Joy Chan wasn’t all that good so I had trouble keeping focused on the text And Underhill’s way of writing is subpar it’s often muddled and confused She really had a hard time giving her ideas a suitable form Or her ideas were already a bit loony So I will give you only very rough summary of what’s in the bookAccording to Underhill there are five successive stages a mystic can be in I used to help me recollect my memories and also copied some expressions from thereThey are1 Awakening abrupt and well marked accompanied by intense feelings of joy and exaltation2 Purgation mystic becomes aware of the contrast between his perverse self centred drifting and the clarity of the transcendent3 Illumination purged oneself of attachments to the things of the senses and having substituted them with an attachment to the transcendent The joy of this stage bears danger a selfish preoccupation with transcendental joys4 The Dark Night Of The Soul Heart and mind are arid The mystic must overcome all attachment to the selfish ego in order to merge with the Deity She does that by giving up the greatest good she has ever known – the joys of stage 35 Union essentially ineffable Mystic becomes one with Deity Reabsorption takes place Stages 1 3 are called the first mystic life and many mystics never go beyond itTo me this is a life negating philosophy The self even the selfish self is not something dirty that has to be purged Egoism is a necessary strategy to survive to better oneself and if this egoism is checked by natural law to better the world Adam Smith’s invisible hand It is obvious that her mysticism is incompatible with Christian orthodoxy As pointed out in Murray Rothbard’s essay Karl Marx as Religious Eschatologist “each human individual is made in the image of God is of supreme importance” and not a “perverse” creation in contrast with God stage 2 When I read my summary of these stages my blood runs cold Why would a sane person want to pursue such a life for him or herself It is beyond me but I do now understand why there are so few mystics There is a discrepancy between the amount of mystics and the amount of people who liked this book If they think that what Underhill has to offer is so great then why do these people not become mystics Why do they keep living in stage 0 which seems to be the way most people live in capitalistic societies The reason seems to me that the virtues and comforts of capitalism constrained egoism individualistic planning joy consumerism realistic assessing of available resources are openly disliked and rejected in our society But this is really only openly in private these virtues and comforts are very much adhered to How do I know this Well obviously because the world has not collapsed So while these people are living capitalistically they use a defence mechanism perhaps denial to deal with the mental conflict between reality stage 0 and wish stage 5Looking at the five stages I see similarities with the ideology of communismsocialismleftism Adherents of these view also often find fault with egoism and self centredness Instead of becoming one with God they want to become one with the State But this difference vanishes if we remember that for them the State is God According to Leszek Kolakowski reabsorption theology or process theology starts with Plotinus who is uoted by Underhill a lot Rothbard’s essay mentioned above explores the connection between reabsorption theology and MarxismWhile Underhill’s book has as subject a theology that is at least almost two thousand years old it is itself very much a product of its time She talks about pragmatism and vitalism which were very much in vogue at the beginning of the last century but are now seldomly talked about Let’s hope for humanity’s sake that we can one day say the same thing about Christian mysticism aka reabsorption theology

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Mysticism The Nature and Development of Spiritual ConsciousnessMysticism 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. 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