In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike

By John Updike

In the wonderful thing about the Lilies starts off in 1910 and lines God’s relation to 4 generations of yankee seekers, starting with Clarence Wilmot, a priest in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his religion yet unearths solace on the video clips, respite from “the bleak evidence of lifestyles, his existence, gutted by means of God’s withdrawal.”

His son, Teddy, turns into a mailman who retreats from American exceptionalism, spiritual and another way, right into a lifetime of studied ordinariness.

Teddy has a daughter, Esther, who turns into a film superstar, an item of worship, an All-American goddess.

Her overlooked son, Clark, is possessed of a local Christian fervor that brings the tale complete circle: within the past due Eighties he joins a Colorado sect known as the Temple, a handful of “God’s elect” hastening the day of reckoning. In following the Wilmots’ collective look for transcendence, John Updike pulls one wandering thread from the tapestry of the yank Century and writes possibly the best of his later novels.

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The nearest approach to accuracy may be to say that occult science begins where natural science ends. This unquestionably is true as far as it goes, and is a useful practical definition; but, unfortunately, the boundary-line, though clearly marked, is not fixed, but resembles rather the line of demarcation between land and sea on a falling tide. Esoteric science must be distinguished from natural science by method rather than by subject-matter. It starts W 59 THE TRAINING AND WORK OF AN INITIATE from first principles on the spiritual plane, and works downwards, through mind, into matter.

The aim of the occultist is to organise and master phenomena and bring them into harmony with the eternal law of the Real. 62 A GROUND PLAN OF ILLUMINISM - I The mystic discards the phenomenal universe and endeavours to escape into the Real; the occultist, even after he has glimpsed the Real, stops on in the world of phenomena and endeavours to bring it under the control of his will. The occultist, while he agrees theoretically with the mystic's proposition, prefers. the terms ETERNAL and TEMPORAL to REAL and UNREAL; for he maintains a thing may be theoretically Unreal, yet actually very much in evidence in all practical calculations made in time and space.

What, then, shall this single word be? It must be a word whose significance shall indicate the subject under consideration, but which shall not have been appropriated to the description of a partia:l aspect of that subject. Occultism will not do because it excludes the mystic; and mysticism will not do, because it excludes the occultist; neither is spiritualism a suitable term, for it has its definite connotation as signifying a particular aspect and method in these studies, and cannot conveniently be extended without causing confusion.

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