What Is Mysticism?

“Mysticism is the art of union with Reality:..above all else [it is] a Science of Love. Hence, the condition to which it looks forward and towards which the soul of the contemplative has been stretching out is a condition of being, not of seeing

[Evelyn Underhill, Practical Mysticism: A Little Book for Normal People]

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What Are We?

“One is oneself this piece of earth, this concoction of frailty, a momentary shadow upon the chaos of the accidental world” [ Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good ].

She also writes about “the deep dark logical injustice of forces which govern us at our most extreme moments”.

Being and Becoming, Eternity and Time

“As humans know themselves to dwell in the world of time and yet to be capable of transcending it, so the Ultimate Reality, they think, inhabits yet inconceivably exceeds all that they know to be – as the soul of the musician controls and exceeds not merely each note of the flowing melody, but also the whole of that symphony in which these cadences must play their part”: [Evelyn Underhill, Practical Mysticism].

Lancelot Hogben: A Difficult Hero

Hogben was an eminent biologist, radical scientist, an outspoken opponent of Nazi race theory and eugenics, a Quaker pacifist in the First World War, a feminist¬† and an awkward and difficult personality. For Paul’s essay on this intriguing character, see Paul’s essay on his website dpcrook.wordpress.com.

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