Spirituality

Mystic Warrior Practice – Collective Context

Last time we looked at the personal dimension of the wider context of your life. But since no one is an island, you also need to explore how you fit in to the rest of society and the world-at-large. Collective Context covers the myths and concepts that shape your life whether you’re aware of them… Continue reading Mystic Warrior Practice – Collective Context

Mysticism

The Mystic Way 9: Voices and Visions

Last time we looked at the illumination of the world on the mystic path. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism and explore the third type of illumination, which is often misunderstood – even by mystics themselves – but especially by others: “We now come to that eternal battle-ground, the detailed discussion of… Continue reading The Mystic Way 9: Voices and Visions

Mysticism

The Mystic Way 8: Illuminated Vision of the World

Last time we looked at the illumination of the Absolute on the mystic path. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism and explore the second type of illumination, that of the temporal world: “Closely connected with the sense of the “Presence of God,” or power of perceiving the Absolute, is the complementary mark… Continue reading The Mystic Way 8: Illuminated Vision of the World

Mysticism

The Mystic Way 7: Illumination of the Absolute

Last time we introduced the third phase of the mystic path where the mind is illuminated by a new perspective of Reality. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism to explore the first type of illumination: consciousness of the Absolute, or a sense of the presence of God: “This consciousness, in its various… Continue reading The Mystic Way 7: Illumination of the Absolute

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The Mystic Way 6: Illumination of the Self

Last time we looked at how the Self is purified through mortification after awakening. Here we continue with the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism to introduce the third phase of the mystic path: “In illumination we come to that state of consciousness which is popularly supposed to be peculiar to the mystic: a form of… Continue reading The Mystic Way 6: Illumination of the Self

21st Century Crisis

Active Hope and How You Can Change the World (Yes, You!)

Last time we looked at how to imagine different futures, so now we need to bring it down to earth and actually put some of these ideas into practice. There’s no point reading a book like Active Hope and then not doing anything – the clue is in the title, after all! When Saturn moved… Continue reading Active Hope and How You Can Change the World (Yes, You!)

21st Century Crisis

Active Hope and the Healing Power of Transforming Pain

Last time we looked at the benefits of gratitude, and if you’ve been practising you should be feeling warm and fuzzy by now. Which is a good thing because in this post we delve into the realm of pain. Nobody likes it. Everybody experiences it. So it’s about time we got to grips with it.… Continue reading Active Hope and the Healing Power of Transforming Pain

21st Century Crisis

Active Hope and the Spiritual Revolution: Stories of Our Time

It might not feel like it, but we’re a lucky bunch. We’re living at a time of great upheaval and confusion when everything we’ve known is crumbling under our feet. Why is this lucky? Because we’re the ones who get to decide how things turn out. It’s the choices we make today that will determine… Continue reading Active Hope and the Spiritual Revolution: Stories of Our Time

Psychology

An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: Stages of Growth, part 3

Last time we looked at the third stage in the process of becoming a more whole and integrated person – the realisation of your true Self as a unifying centre in your consciousness. Now we’ve reached the final stage, that of psychosynthesis itself. Here’s the four stages again as a reminder: Thorough knowledge of your… Continue reading An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: Stages of Growth, part 3

Psychology

An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: Stages of Growth, part 2

Last time we looked at the first two stages of growth in the process of becoming a more whole and integrated person. First you need to get to know yourself and all the stuff that lurks in your unconscious, and then you need to learn how to control it. Here’s the four stages again as… Continue reading An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: Stages of Growth, part 2

Psychology

An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: Stages of Growth, part 1

Last time we looked at the egg map and the various levels of consciousness in the mind. It’s a messy place, the human psyche, and it’s not easy to be true to your better self. Thankfully, there are plenty of methods that can help you to overcome the problems inherent in human nature and gain… Continue reading An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: Stages of Growth, part 1

Psychology

An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: the Consciousness Egg

Many years ago I went through a kind of breakdown and renewal of my consciousness that triggered an awakening. At the time I believed I was going mad, but then I discovered psychosynthesis and it helped me to realise that I was actually waking up… My first glimpse of the Higher Self pulled me back… Continue reading An Introduction to Psychosynthesis: the Consciousness Egg