An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mysticism: and the Mystery by John Ferguson

By John Ferguson

Starting from Christian mystical theology to Sufism, from the traditional philosophers to the Cambridge Platonists, from visionaries reminiscent of William Blake and the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing to the function performed through medications, yoga, tune and the dance, this Encyclopaedia presents crucial info at the manifold elements of mysticism and should function a complete and precious paintings of reference for a few years to come back. contains two hundred illustrations.

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We can use the term forms to describe any simple pattern or practice. With experience, we learn how to combine different patterns or forms, though in early practice, we do them one at a time. Using the idea of forms rather than meditations, visualizations or Path-workings, opens us to many potentials. While some forms are accessible through meditation or vision, and some are enhanced by such techniques, many of the forms that we learn from the Tree of Life are unique unto themselves, often working through the body.

Reach within yourself to the Unbeing out of which your Being comes. The Stillness that precedes movement, the silence between each breath. This is the Void that is within all things, the source of all Time, Space, and Movement. 3. Let yourself Unbe. 4. Affirm the Four Directions, Above, Below, and Within. (Begin any meditation or ceremony now, or return to your outer awareness). Assume that all forms begin with Stillness, and practice accordingly. In some forms, described in later chapters, you will find Stillness indicated at key moments in your practice.

Information and explanations alone are not sufficient for us, we must also relate, and having related, we must participate. If we do not relate and participate, even the most voluminous flood of information cannot give us back our lives. In an "information culture" we 67 68 N. The Miracle Tree often forget that data, information, is not life, and thus we attempt to reduce aspects of life to mere data. Yet when we do so, this digital substitute for living is arid, fruitless, and deeply frustrating.

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