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Mysticism is the art of union with Ultimate Reality. The mystic is a person who has attained that union in greater or less degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment.

May the words we post here and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our Lord and our Redeemer. Amen.

We are now studying Way to Christ, by Jakob Boehme.

This is a topical study and we have kept the threads of previous books that we have studied, for reference by latecomers. For convenience, the previous books we have studied are listed below.

Theologia Germanica, an anonymous work written probably just before the reformation.

Dark Night of the Soul, by Saint John of the Cross.

Fire of Love, by Richard Rolle of Hampole.

Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi, by Ugolino.

Cloud of Unknowing, by an anonymous early English author.

Scale (or Ladder) of Perfection, by Walter Hilton.

Practical Mysticism, by Evelyn Underhill.

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Practical Mysticism - CHAPTER VI - LOVE AND WILL

"Only the real, say the mystics, can know Reality, for “we behold that which we are,” the universe which we see is conditioned by the character of the mind that sees it: and this realness—since that which you seek is no mere glimpse of Eternal Life, but complete possession of it—must apply to every aspect of your being, the rich totality of character, all the “forces of the soul,” not to some thin and isolated “spiritual sense” alone."

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Practical Mysticism - CHAPTER V - SELF-ADJUSTMENT

Few can bear to contemplate themselves face to face; for the vision is strange and terrible, and brings awe and contrition in its wake.

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Practical Mysticism - CHAPTER IV - MEDITATION AND RECOLLECTION

Recollection, the art which the practical man is now invited to learn, is in essence no more and no less than the subjection of the attention to the control of the will.

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Practical Mysticism -CHAPTER III - THE PREPARATION OF THE MYSTIC

Here the practical man will naturally say: And pray how am I going to do this? How shall I detach myself from the artificial world to which I am accustomed? Where is the brake that shall stop the wheel of my image-making mind?

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Practical Mysticism - CHAPTER II - THE WORLD OF REALITY

.....man dwells, under normal conditions, in a world of imagination rather than
a world of facts; that the universe in which he lives and at which he looks is but a construction
which the mind has made from some few amongst the wealth of materials at its disposal.

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Practical Mysticism - CHAPTER I - WHAT IS MYSTICISM?

Mysticism is the art of union with Reality. The mystic is a person who has attained that union in greater or less degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment.

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Practical Mysticism - Book Introduction/Preface

"If the doors of perception were cleansed,
everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
For man has closed himself up,
till he sees all things through the narrow chinks of his cavern."

WILLIAM BLAKE

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A side note on Icons

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Book List

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Side Chat

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Introductions

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