The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day eBook

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[Footnote 66:  Boehme:  “Six Theosophic Points,” p. 98.]

[Footnote 67:  “The Cloud of Unknowing,” Cap. 36.]

[Footnote 68:  E. Gardner:  “St. Catherine of Siena,” p. 20.]

[Footnote 69:  “Life of St. Teresa,” by Herself, Cap. 30.]

[Footnote 70:  “Liberal and Mystical Writings of William Law” p. 59.]

[Footnote 71:  Jacopone da Todi, Lauda 90.]

[Footnote 72:  “Liberal and Mystical Writings of William Law,” p. 123.]

[Footnote 73: 

    “Amor tu se’quel ama
     donde lo cor te ama.”

—­Jacopone da Todi:  Lauda 81.]

[Footnote 74:  Cf.  Watts:  “Echo Personalities,” for several illustrations of this law.]

[Footnote 75:  Livingstone:  “Mary Slessor of Calabar,” p. 131.]

[Footnote 76:  “The Cloud of Unknowing,” Cap, 40.]

[Footnote 77:  “And very often did He say unto me, ’Bride and daughter, sweet art thou unto Me, I love thee better than any other who is in the valley of Spoleto.’” ("The Divine Consolations of Blessed Angela of Foligno,” p. 160.)]

[Footnote 78:  “The Spirit,” edited by B.H.  Streeter, p. 93.]

[Footnote 79:  Cf.  B. Russell:  “The Analysis of Mind,” Cap. 2.]

[Footnote 80:  Op. cit., Cap. 6.]

[Footnote 81:  “Cloud of Unknowing,” Cap. 37.]

[Footnote 82:  Ruysbroeck:  “The Sparkling Stone,” Cap. 9.]

[Footnote 83:  Lauda 91.]

[Footnote 84:  Op. cit., Cap. 13.]

CHAPTER IV

PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT

(II) CONTEMPLATION AND SUGGESTION

In the last chapter we considered what the modern analysis of mind had to tell us about the nature of the spiritual life, the meaning of sin and of salvation.  We now go on to another aspect of this subject:  namely, the current conception of the unconscious mind as a dominant factor of our psychic life, and of the extent and the conditions in which its resources can be tapped, and its powers made amenable to the direction of the conscious mind.  Two principal points must here be studied.  The first is the mechanism of that which is called autistic thinking and its relation to religious experience:  the second, the laws of suggestion and their bearing upon the spiritual life.  Especially must we consider from this point of view the problems which are resumed under the headings of prayer, contemplation, and grace.  We shall find ourselves compelled to examine the nature of meditation and recollection, as spiritual persons have always practised them; and, to give, if we can, a psychological account of many of their classic conceptions and activities.  We shall therefore be much concerned with those experiences which are often called mystical, but which I prefer to call in general contemplative and intuitive; because they extend, as we shall find, without a break from the simplest type of mental prayer,

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