Tag: Evelyn Underhill

An Unexpected Benefit of Studying the Mystics

For some reason, I’ve always been interested in sources of inspiration and creativity – the guy behind the guy in a sense. So if someone is an influential musician, say, I want to know who had influenced them. In college I dug into some of the inspirations for artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, going back into the catalogue of early 20th century masters like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, and so on. I wanted to hear that originating source.

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Evelyn Underhill’s 5 Stages Of Mysticism: An Experiential Meditation

An Experiential Meditation on Evelyn Underhill’s 5 Stages Of Awakening. What is life like after awakening? What are some of the signposts of this process and the shifts of spirit that happen along the way? The stages, while laid out in the most helpful model I’ve seen, are still only that, a model. They are not set in stone, nor is it essential to locate yourself in the exact phase: growth is rarely linear.

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Discovering Christian Mysticism Through Evelyn Underhill

It was my junior year at Vassar College, and Christianity was not a part of my life. If anything, it was somewhat old, tattered, and worn – like an ugly shirt associated with bad self-esteem.  Something to ignore and not use – at least for now.  At the same time, feelings had begun to ferment under the surface, a new sensation of aliveness that had been absent for awhile.  Some vague emotional flow had been restored and sought regeneration.

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