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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 "The quest of the Absolute is no long journey, but a realization of something which is implicit in the self and in the universe."

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

3 "Free and conscious cooperation in the great life of the All alone can make personal life worth living."

4 "Beauty is simply Reality seen with the eyes of love."

5 "'That Which Is', says St. Augustine; 'The One', 'The Supplier of true Life', says Plotinus; 'the energitic Word', says St. Bernard; 'Eternal Light', says Dante; 'the Abyss', says Ruysbroeck; 'Pure Love', says St. Catherine of Genoa – poor symbols of Perfection at the best. But, through and by these oblique utterances, they give us the assurance that the Object of their discovery is one with the object of our quest."

6 "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."

7 "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."

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

9 "Do but fix your eyes joyously upon yourself, and watch how God plays the game of love within your loving soul." Suso, 'Leban', cap. vi

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

11 "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."

12 "Symbols form the rallying-points about which are gathered a whole group of ideas and intuitions. Their presence – sometimes the sudden thought of them – will be enough, in psychological language, to provoke a discharge of energy along some particular path: that is to say, to stir to life all those ideas and intuitions which belong to the self's consciousness of the Absolute, to concentrate vitality on them, and introduce the self into that world of perception of which they are, as it were, the material keys."

13 "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."

14 "The mystic vision is of a spiritual universe held within the bonds of love."

15 "The rippling tide of love flows secretly from God into the soul, and draws it mightily back into its source." Mechthild of Magdeburg

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 "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."

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

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

20 "Under the spur of love life draws near to Life."

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

22 "The spring of the amazing energy which enables the great mystic to rise to freedom and dominate his world, is latent in all of us; an integral part of our humanity."

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite