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January 9th, 2018

CHAPTER IX

THE THIRD FORM OF CONTEMPLATION

Read the text...Collapse )As i read the previous chapter i developed a strong feeling that i was not ready for it and that the time spaces between chapters should be exponential: that i should wait a week after reading chapter I to read chapter II, two more weels to read chapter III, another month for chapter IV, etc.  I would mull over chapter VII for eight months before moving on and chapter VIII for a year and a half; then maybe i could underrstand chapter IX.

Sometimes, in reading IX, i felt like i was reading VIII over again.  I know there has got to be a difference between the realm of Being and that which is "beyond being and non-being," but i don't think it can be expressed in any human language.  This is why intellect is a useless tool in contemplation.

I learned a lot from this book.  (There is one more chapter, but it is mostly epilogue.)  She tried valiently to produce a guide to mysticism for everybody.  She almost succeeds.  Maybe Underhill was too English, too upper middle class, too Christian and too Catholic to make it work for everybody.  Maybe, finally, anyone who tried to do this would be at a loss for words.

I will read this book again and again and perhaps come closer to what she intended the reader to "understand."  But i don't think that the "mystery" can ever be "solved;" nor should it be "solved;" and i should not want to "solve" it.

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