Mysticism: A Study and an Anthology by F. C. Happold

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I was in all peace and rest. . This lasted but a while and I was turned and left to myself in heaviness and weariness of life.. . And anon after this our blessed Lord gave me again comfort and rest in the soul. . And then the pain showed again to my feeling, and then the joy and the blessing, and now this one, and now that other, diverse times - I suppose about twenty times. Though less precise, the divisions used by Ruysbroeck in The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage are, in some ways, more satisfactory and realistic.

With the appearance of the human line a new form of 34 MYSTICISM biological existence emerges; there is, in effect, a new creation. This new creation is characterized by the emergence of the power of reflection. Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, in his Phenomenon ofMan, coins the vivid word bominisation to describe this leap in the evolution of life. With the appearance of man, instinct is more and more supplemented by thought; there is a greater and greater interiorization; the within becomes more and more predominant.

These 'dwell in bondage and in their own selfhood; for they seek, and aim, at their own in all they d o ' . The. faithful servants are those who serve God in the outward and active life. They love and serve God in their own way and have, in some degree, subdued the dictates of self, but they have not yet learned to turn wholly inward. Consequently they are divided in heart, unstable in mind, and easily swayed by joy and grief in temporal things. Though he [the faithful servant] may live according to the commandments of God, inwardly he abides in darkness.

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