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Mysticism
Evelyn Underhill
This is a classic work in the field of spiritual consciousness studies. Underhill writes of the awakening, purification and training of the self in its ascent of the path which leads to the blessedness of the Unitive life.

1 "Love flings open a door, in order that the larger Life may rush in, and it and the soul be one thing."

2 "Divine Love, immanent in the soul, spurs on that soul to union with the transcendent and Absolute Light – at once the source, the goal, the life of created things."

3 "This gift of 'sonship', this power of free cooperation in the world process, is man's greatest honour."

4 "More and more, as we study and collate all the available evidence, this fact – this law – is borne in on us: that the general movement of human consciousness, when it obeys its innate tendency to transcendence, is always the same. There is only one road from Appearance to Reality."

5 "There is – must be – contact in an intelligible where between every individual self and the Supreme Self, the Ultimate."

6 "Everywhere one Being, one Life – this is the goal of activity; the final state of equilibrium towards which the self is moving, or rather struggling, in the dimness and anguish of the Dark Night….The Dark Night is therefore an aspect or incident of the transition from multiplicity to Unity; of that mergence and union of the soul with the Absolute which is the whole object of the mystical evolution of man."

7 "The flame of living and creative love fills the universe."

8 "Divine Love flows out of the soul and draws her out of herself into the unnamed Being, into her first source, which is God alone."

9 "Whoever in Love's city enters, finds but room for One, and but in One-ness, Union." Jalalu'd Din, 'Wisdom of the East Series'

10 "This meaning, this secret plan of Creation, flames out, had we eyes to see, from every department of existence."

11 "This universe is free, self-creative. The divine action floods it: no part is more removed from the Godhead than any other part."

12 "Nothing is to be seen but a ground which rests upon itself, everywhere one Being, one Life."

13 "The soul of the individual subject is the microcosm of the soul of the world."

14 "The object of the mystic's contemplation is always some aspect of the Infinite Life: of God, the one Reality."

15 "The 'sense of God' is not a metaphor. Innumerable declarations prove it to be a consciousness as sharp as that which other men have of colour, heat, or light."

16 "The simple vision of pure love, which is marvellously penetrating, does not stop at the outer husk of creation: it penetrates to the divinity which is hidden within." Malaval, 'De l'Oraison Ordinaire'

17 "The spirit of God breathes us out from Himself that we may love."

18 "All mystical thinkers agree in declaring that there is a mutual attraction between the Spark of the Soul, the free divine germ in man, and the Fount from which it came forth."

19 "Every visible and invisible creature is a theophany or appearance of God." Erigena

20 "To say that God is Infinite is to say that He may be apprehended and described in an infinity of ways. That Circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere, may be approached from every angle with a certainty of being found."

21 "Trust your deep instincts: use your latent powers. Appropriate that divine creative life which is the very substance of your being. Remake yourself in its interest, if you would know its beauty and its truth. You can only behold that which you are. Only the Real can know Reality."

22 "Hints of a marvellous truth, a unity whose note is ineffable peace, shine in created things."

23 "No transmutation without fire, say the alchemists: No cross, no crown, says the Christian. All the great experts of the spiritual life agree – whatever their creeds, their symbols, their explanations – in describing this stress, tribulation, and loneliness, as an essential part of the way from the Many to the One; bringing the self to the threshold of that completed life which is to be lived in intimate union with Reality."

24 "The manifestation of the Eternal Light is renewed without interruption in the hiddenness of the spirit."

25 "All…are called to their origin." Rulman Merswin

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite