Mysticism

Mysticism Mysticism is Evelyn Underhill s seminal work on the subject The book is divided into two parts The Mystic Fact and The Mystic Way In the first part Underhill explores the theological psychological

  • Title: Mysticism
  • Author: Evelyn Underhill
  • ISBN: 9780525470731
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mysticism is Evelyn Underhill s seminal work on the subject The book is divided into two parts, The Mystic Fact and The Mystic Way In the first part Underhill explores the theological, psychological, and philosophical underpinnings of mysticism from a historical perspective In the second part Underhill examines the application of mysticism in one s life as a means fMysticism is Evelyn Underhill s seminal work on the subject The book is divided into two parts, The Mystic Fact and The Mystic Way In the first part Underhill explores the theological, psychological, and philosophical underpinnings of mysticism from a historical perspective In the second part Underhill examines the application of mysticism in one s life as a means for spiritual growth Evelyn Underhill s Mysticism is both a fantastic introduction to the search for spirituality through mysticism and an almost encyclopedic examination of the subject.

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  • Evelyn Underhill

    Evelyn Underhill was an English Anglo Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism.In the English speaking world, she was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the twentieth century No other book of its type until the appearance in 1946 of Aldous Huxley s The Perennial Philosophy met with success to match that of her best known work, Mysticism, published in 1911.Read enpedia wiki Evelyn_UThe Evelyn Underhill Associationevelynunderhill

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  • This book really challenges me in a way I rarely experience in spiritual reading. I think there is such a strong idea of mystics being extreme hermits who live in caves, that the whole understanding of Christian Mysticism has been undermined. But really, what this book is helping me to grasp, is that mysticism is simply the concentrated focus of one's entire life upon the person of Christ. The mystics were people who chose to live in such a way as to powerfully encounter the reality, the living, [...]


  • “It is no argument to say that most men see the world in much the same way, and that this “way” is the true standard of reality: though for practical purposes we have agreed that sanity consists in sharing the hallucinations of our neighbors” page 10“Now and then an artist is born, terribly articulate, foolishly truthful, who insists on “Speaking as he saw.” Then other men, lapped warmly in their artificial universe, agree that he is mad: or, at the very best, an “extraordinarily [...]


  • Read this book a long time ago, but I throw it down here because the memory of it still lingers, strong. I remember being mesmerized reading page after page of summaries of the mystics in history, Jacob Boehme, Emmanuel Swedenborg, William Blake, Dante, Meister Eckhart, the list goes on and on. Ms. Underhill, another of the great largely unheralded women writers of the 20th century, succinctly and without diminishing her subjects' greatness, presents their thinking, excerpts from their work, and [...]


  • It's a book to outlast a bookshelf. It is a thorough, insightful, clarifying overview and well referenced approach to a word which is actually quite difficult to pin down. In returning to it, I am inevitably darwn to the sections on acidie, dark nights of the soul etc. as a resource to help distinguish spiritual aridity from medical depression.


  • this is a work of scholarship on the subject of mysticism is one of the more in depth books i have read about the subject.ring all the stages of the mystic journey I learned that a mystic always holds love as the highest aim of the work begun in the individualat no one mystic has ever revealed all of the stages that are present in any single journey toward godat the stages appear in no particular orderter the initial contact with the absoluteI love to read this books many quotations from known m [...]


  • This is a wonderful book, but one that I'm having to approach more as a textbook than reading it straight through. Underhill was a genuine genius, incredibly well read, scholarly, and willing to probe deeply into an esoteric subject like mysticism without being a cold materialist. The density of her writing is impressive, which is why she takes so long to read. I've had to buy a couple of books that I can use to follow up on some of her references. This is a book that will never be completely "r [...]


  • This book took a very long time to read. It is a must read for anyone interested in mysticism. I believe Underhill was the first woman to teach theology at Oxford and her knowledge of the spiritual life is amazing. I would have to spend a few years to fully grasp this book, but I suppose her main points can be summarized as follows:1. Mysticism is practical, not theoretical.2. Mysticism is entirely a spiritual activity.3. The business and method of mysticism is love.4. Mysticism entails a psycho [...]


  • Underhill's bold undertaking of mysticism is still relevant today. Hume wanted academia to catch up and make progress in defining and codifying metaphysics. Maybe Underhill hasn't reached Hume's level of intellectual study of the subject, but her insights are relevant and valuable.As a follower of another metaphysical path I found this an important addition to my library.


  • ry interesting, however, western mystics' descriptions (quotes) of the various transcended states became tedious and repetitive for me. Evelyn needed a good editor. St Teresa's quotes were the most interesting. Evelyn's organization of the subject, however, was excellent. I think I was looking more for a cultural history of mysticism.


  • The primary source for a first understanding of mysticism. A monumental work. One of the Sayers-Lewis collective. Did you know St. Catherine lived for years running on nothing but one communion wafer a day - never lost weight or energy? A dangerous path to start if you like your HDTV and couch sitting.


  • Interesting classic on the subject of mysticism. Generally a good book and it covers authentic mysticism which is refreshing and not the diluted "new age" idea of mysticism which is now sadly all too common.



  • I read the appendix "A Historical Sketch of European Mysticism from the Begiinning of the Christian Era to the Death of Blake." It is a good short introduction to the Western Mystical tradition.


  • Though not an easy read, this is a must for anyone seriously interested in mysticism and contemplative prayer. Underhill does an excellent job exploring the similarities and differences in cross cultural theologies and philosophical views and also does justice to the psychology of mysticism, especially the dissociative aspects (considering the limited perspective of the early 20th century). Furthermore, she does well in presenting her thesis without blurring the heretical lines of pantheism and [...]


  • After the long prefaces and two and half chapters I don't think I see any progress.There is no organization to this long volume. The book is divided into numbered parts and numbered chapters. There are no chapter titles because I don't think the author herself was able to give them any, just a continuous ramble about mysticism, mystics, and mystical: 564 times, "absolute" 109 times, "becoming" 79 times, “philosophy” 40 times, “religion” 46 times.



  • In reading Evelyn Underhill, I’ve began to think about the differences between Religion and Faith and how they connect to the analysis of Mystical Experience. I’ve come to the conclusion that Religion and Faith are two entirely different things. Religion is an institutionalized set of beliefs, attitudes and practices that are formed over generations. It feels like the practice of the religion takes on a life of its own. The heart of the religion, its core belief is substituted over time by t [...]


  • This book is essential reading for anyone serious about mysticism. There is absolutely nothing 'occult' about this subject as presented here. It is as important in its own way today as is William James' Varieties of Religious Experience still a relevant.


  • I couldn't find the picture of the edition I read in 1982. If I find my book, it probably got lost in a move, I'll take a picture of the cover. I read this book for a course, Mysticism in the Arts. I remember being so fascinated by it. I have found that I read books when I was young that I wouldn't have the patience for now.I was thinking about trying to read it now, but I can't get past the hard to understand words for the chapters. It looks like your reviews for this book, will give me a refre [...]


  • This book took me quite a while to read, and not at all because it is difficult (it isn't). I struggled to finish this book due to its inanity. Underhill was obviously not a mystic. She never had a "true" mystical experience. For had this have been so she would have known that the entirety of her book is pointless. That which is the mystic experience is completely outside of language and human conception - it is outside of the human. And what does Underhill do? She tries to analyze this experien [...]


  • Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill Idries Shah wrote somewhere that everybody should read this book. So I´ve done and it took me quite a long time. It is compact and academic and it has a beautiful old fashion language. As a reference book over the history of mysticism, especially in the West, it´s fantastic and Underhill re-establishes the meaning of the word Mysticism that has with time departed considerably from its original meaning. The mystic faculty is latent in all of us to a higher or lesse [...]


  • A work of great poise, subtlety and erudition. At the very outset, we are introduced to 4 frameworks of understanding reality:a) Naturalism: that which is understood b y the sensesb) Idealism: that which is understood by thinking.c) Philosophic scepticism: refuse to accept the realistic or idealistic answer to the riddle, contending there is no riddle to solved) Mysticism: the science of ultimates, the science of union with the absolute.The book then dwells on the latter in its relationships wit [...]


  • Underhill’s book, “Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness,” is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in mysticism…Christian or not. She quotes many Sufi mystics, speaks about Eastern influences, and gives insightful perspectives on contemplative prayer.I include many quotes from that book in my summary of comparative mysticism called “the greatest achievement in life” at suprarational She may not have claimed to be a mystic, but some o [...]


  • “It is no argument to say that most men see the world in much the same way, and that this “way” is the true standard of reality: though for practical purposes we have agreed that sanity consists in sharing the hallucinations of our neighbors” page 10“Now and then an artist is born, terribly articulate, foolishly truthful, who insists on “Speaking as he saw.” Then other men, lapped warmly in their artificial universe, agree that he is mad: or, at the very best, an “extraordinarily [...]


  • ★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was [...]


  • Extremely well researched. Anchored in Christianity. A must for seekers more than just curious about mysticism - up there as a foundational work with Future of the Body, Varieties of Religious Experience, Passion of the Western Mind, etc. Evelyn writes beautifully, but needs some editing. It was almost more of a flowerly mystical collection of words about mysticism, than an academic work. Nonetheless, her great writing makes up for her repetition. More than a few times it produced states in me.


  • This book was like coming home.It was an answer to a lifelong question. What am I?!After spending an hour talkng to a minister telling her what my life has been like and how I experience God, she stated "you are a mystic" and recommended this book to me.After I finished reading it, I kept it for two weeks. Somehow I felt tat if I gave the book back all of what I read all the truth I just learned would leave with it. :)I found the courage to return it and all the truth I learned stayed with me. : [...]


  • Enjoyable easy read, would have probably been more intrigued if I had read it when I first bought it, 25 years ago, but stillOnly the penultimate chapter, The Unitive Life, droned on a little too longbut I most enjoyed the appendix: A Historical Sketch of European Mysticism From the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Death of Blake. If one doesn't wish to put up with reading the whole thing I recommend to just read that.


  • Beautiful and uplifting read; a meditative mystical experience by itself; exposing the vast palette of the mystical life with its own array of colors. One finds himself shedding behind the old or falsely defined idealistic clothing, proceeding subsequently into the garden of the sublime and ineffable path made to be walked by the few ~


  • This text has brought to light a lot about myself and many that I have read of. It has sewn together many gaps in what I was seeking in knowing the spiritual experience using a language that spans across many different religious explanations of the journey.


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