Practical Mysticism

Practical Mysticism A poet novelist pacifist and mystic Evelyn Underhill spent her life deeply immersed in the things she wrote about At first an agnostic Underhill became drawn to Catholicism though her h

  • Title: Practical Mysticism
  • Author: Evelyn Underhill
  • ISBN: 9780525470496
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • A poet, novelist, pacifist and mystic, Evelyn Underhill 1875 1941 spent her life deeply immersed in the things she wrote about At first an agnostic, Underhill became drawn to Catholicism, though her husband, a Protestant, tried to dissuade her Instead of taking the traditional Christocentric view held by most Anglo Catholics, Underhill gravitated toward a intellecA poet, novelist, pacifist and mystic, Evelyn Underhill 1875 1941 spent her life deeply immersed in the things she wrote about At first an agnostic, Underhill became drawn to Catholicism, though her husband, a Protestant, tried to dissuade her Instead of taking the traditional Christocentric view held by most Anglo Catholics, Underhill gravitated toward a intellectual side of religion With her work Practical Mysticism , Underhill expounds on her views of spirituality from a secular standpoint, arguing that spiritual life is innate in all humans, a part of human nature, and that all of life is sacred A product of the Edwardian era, Underhill s works are romantic and unashamedly sensuous A prominent figure in her field of interest while she was writing, Underhill remains a respected writer on religion and spiritual practice.

    Mysticism Mysticism is the practice of religious ecstasies religious experiences during alternate states of consciousness , together with whatever ideologies, ethics, rites, myths, legends, and magic may be related to them It may also refer to the attainment of insight in ultimate or hidden truths, and to human transformation supported by various practices and experiences. Tradition and the Individual Talent by T S Eliot Often hailed as the successor to poet critics such as John Dryden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Matthew Arnold, T.S Eliot s literary criticism informs his poetry just as his experiences as a poet shape his critical work Though famous for insisting on objectivity in art, Eliot s essays Hesychasm Hesychasm is a mystical tradition of contemplative prayer in the Eastern Orthodox Church.Based on Jesus s injunction in the Gospel of Matthew that when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray, hesychasm in tradition has been the process of retiring inward by ceasing to register the senses, in order to achieve an experiential knowledge of God see Theoria Assorted Popular teachers influe letusreason Assorted Popular teachers influence in the world and the Church use our search engine on the entry page if you can t find what you are looking for

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    1. 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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    1. When you choose to read a book on an esoteric topic—particularly a topic many find abstruse—you should choose a book written by someone who knows her subject and writes in simple, elegant prose. For example, if you wish to learn a little something about mysticism, you could do no better than read Practical Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill.Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)—novelist and mystic, poet and pacifist—was born in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Like many who grew up in the Edwardian [...]


    2. As someone working on a serious Zen practice it was interesting to read a more Christian take on spiritual practice that was very much was in alignment with Zen. Well written and understandable and certainly inspirational. Be warned though, it is actually lacking on practical advice as to how one practices. Much more a book to confirm ones spiritual suspicions than a guidebook to daily practice.


    3. Wonderful book!This little book needs to be read again and again. It makes clear and accessible many things that many other writers veil in a mist of confusion.


    4. Certainly different from the self-help books of the current era that I was expecting, but it was beautifully written and highly motivating all the same.



    5. This book - with its great subtitle: 'A Little Book for Normal People' - came out in 1914, and is an introductory guide condensing Underhill's vast knowledge in the field of mysticism.There are a lot of profound moments expressed in language that sparks, mixed in with a reasonable amount I just wasn't sure about. Rooted in the Christian faith, Underhill's methodology is to pull together the commonalities of various mystical traditions (from across various religions) and describe a path to experi [...]


    6. Evelyn Underhill is poetic and earnest in her description of the mystic life. She contends that man naturally has both the ability and the need to reach beyond the world of our sight and experience the greater Reality. Her descriptions of five stages of the mystic life are simple - but by no means are these five easy steps.A pleasurable read for anyone interested in mysticism, especially Christian mysticism. Not academically dense, but perhaps not always immediately clear in its poetry-like desc [...]


    7. This is my first read of Evelyn Underhill, who was a well-known poet and writer, and Anglo-Catholic mystic of import during the first half of the 20th century. It is noted that her work “Mysticism” published in 1911 was only shadowed by Aldous Huxley’s “The perennial philosophy” in 1946. This slim and free version of her mysticism bears an unintentionally ironic “Practical Mysticism” as title. However, Underhill’s writing style is archaic and elegant, passionate without bombastic [...]



    8. This book is free on Kindle which means I probably won't keep the old paperback copy I acquired from someone's used book sale. This book was first published over a hundred years ago and sets out to explain mysticism is 'practical' terms that the everyman can understand. Underhill gives this definition of mysticism: "Mysticism is the art of union with Reality. The mystic is a person who has attained that union in greater or lesser degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment"(pg 5, E.P [...]


    9. Reading this book was work -- not because it's hard, but because it requires much thought, partly because of the subject matter and partly due to the changes in language over the decades. I suspect I'll need to return to it again to really plant it within me, but also that it will be worthwhile to do so.


    10. I am afraid that I can't say that I really liked this because I am not sure that I fully understand all that Underhill is trying to tell me. She is trying to make the practical "man" understand why mysticism is something that he should strive for. I believe that there are aspects of mysticism that I should apply to my life, but I am not sure that reading this book of Underhill's has made these any easier for me to comprehend. I am pretty sure this is not Eveylyn Underhill's fault, but all my own [...]


    11. Evelyn Underhill was the first person to try to combine modern methods of instruction with the ancient traditions of mysticism. In many ways it is the original "Mysticism 101" introduction. Evelyn strives to put the deep reaching intuition and mysteries of mysticism into simple terms of modern language.Come criticize the book for failing in this attempt to bridge the gap between mysticism and modernism, but others understand that it more of a first step between the two. In that respect, it succe [...]


    12. Timely read 100 years laterAs descending darkness in our social-political world tempted me to set aside contemplation as irrelevant, I stumbled across this little book on practical mysticism. As Europe plunged into WWI, Underwood offered this guide to contemplative prayer as a way to face reality and thus engage in the world with deeply rooted hope. Poetic, learned, and wise this book is just what I need a century after its publication. I feel led to this book, and this book will lead to more wo [...]


    13. A good, concise introduction to mysticism. Coming from a Catholic tradition, Underhill couches her cross-religion discussion in some biblical phrasing, without however making it an exclusively Christian approach to expanding one's consciousness. Despite the title, however, Underhill does not go into the "nuts and bolts," or the practice, of mystical action and contemplation. Perhaps an apter title would have been simply An Introduction to Mysticism, better capturing the accessible approach Under [...]


    14. This book seems quite relevant still, even though it was written in the midst of early 20th century Natural Religion and other movements. It can also be a practical bit of advice. Her tone of wonder and awe does come across as the sort of naive sentimentalism she speaks against, and her upper-class, white, male bias is off-putting. If you get past those and read it knowing it is very WWI erudite London, then it makes mysticism seem attainable on a daily level.


    15. "You have long been like a child tearing up the petals of flowers in order to make a mosaic on the garden path; and the results of this murderous diligence you mistook for a knowledge of the world. When the bits fitted with unusual exactitude, you called it science."I like things that attempt to unify the religious experience. Underhill throws in the creative endeavor to boot. Far from life-changing, but not a waste of time either.


    16. Evelyn Uuderhill wrote that " mysticism was the art of union with reality.a science of lovea condition of being, not of seeing" This was a very rich dense little book, I will need to read it again. Many people have abandoned Christianity for Eastern religions because they did not find a deep spirituality there, the deep life Underhill describes offers everything to be found in all belief systems and transcends them all.


    17. I read this after reading Interior Castles by St. Teresa. At first, I thought I should have read them in reverse order, but now am not certain. In a way, this is more remedial and aimed at those who have no experience / understanding of mysticism. However, it is helpful for those living in the 21st century and needing to balance the spiritual / contemplative life with the realities of a modern world.


    18. Oh, I really realized how far am I from contemplative thinking. I hoped it will be about contemplation written using analytical language "for a practical man". But it was not. It was for a practical man using contemplative language which i don't understand yet Ach, I was so nervous! For some time I think I'll read scientific books about contemplation. Those I can comprehend!


    19. Under hill does a marvellous job of taking complex material and making it very down to earth and practical without in any way letting it become simplistic.This is a book I could read again more than once and agin from it every time.


    20. This read like the author was a seventh-grader who was trying to write a 5000 word essay but only had about 500 words of material. The author did a great job (if her goal was to spout a lot of unsubstantiated and completely unfalsifiable assertions. What a colossal waste of time!



    21. This has some very good advice on contemplating reality and still going about your average day. I'm incorporating some of it as I practice the "focus" portion of my upcoming book "Superengaged."


    22. The Ebook version I had was too poorly formatted to juggle. I'll have to get it in another format.


    23. Perhaps the best introduction to "English Platonism" that I've encountered, as well as a helpful introduction to the contemplative life. And with exceptionally beautiful prose.



    24. Overly redundant.Very verbose and doesn't actually explain how to achieve these states. Not particularly useful, in my humble opinion. Cheers, all.


    25. This was my first book by Evelyn Underhill. She has a beautiful way of writing, but it really didn't click with me. Some authors 'click', and she just isn't one.



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