Spirituality

Mystic Warrior Practice – Overview

Last time we looked at some of the inspiration behind the plan to renew my commitment to spiritual practice. I’ve been examining each area of my life to see what needs to change and exploring practices that might help. In this post, we’ll delve into the details of the plan and how it works… Earlier… Continue reading Mystic Warrior Practice – Overview

Mysticism · Spirituality

Mystic Warrior Practice – Introduction

The Mystic Warrior Practice is a comprehensive plan to transform every area of my life. If you read my last rambling post, you’ll know I reacted badly to a shadow eruption that almost derailed my spiritual practice. Thankfully, I was able see through the ruse and I’m now in the process of sorting myself out… Continue reading Mystic Warrior Practice – Introduction

Film & TV

Logan: Violence and the Sharp End of Salvation

Logan is a surprisingly good example of the Capricorn archetype on film. The story follows Logan as he confronts the consequences of his past and learns to take responsibility for what he has become and protect the next generation of mutants. This may be the last time we see the old Wolverine in action and… Continue reading Logan: Violence and the Sharp End of Salvation

Book Reviews

Review: Riding the Dragon

This week I’m reading Riding the Dragon: 10 lessons for inner strength in challenging times by Robert J. Wicks. The book is a spiritual and psychological guide to dealing with adversity and spiritual crisis. It’s aimed at people who work as therapists and counsellors, but anyone struggling to cope with overwhelming problems will find it… Continue reading Review: Riding the Dragon

Book Reviews · Dark Night of the Soul

Review: The Dark Night of the Soul by Gerald May

This week I’m reading The Dark Night of the Soul by Gerald May, subtitled: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection between Darkness and Spiritual Growth. The book explores the dark night through the writings of two of the best known Christian mystics: John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, and addresses some of the misconceptions… Continue reading Review: The Dark Night of the Soul by Gerald May

Mysticism

The Mystic Way 15: Spiritual Marriage and Joy

Last time we looked at the language of deification in the Unitive State. Here we finish the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism with the second style of language used by mystics to describe the experience of union, that of spiritual marriage, and explore the source of the mystic’s joy: “At this point we begin to… Continue reading The Mystic Way 15: Spiritual Marriage and Joy

Mysticism

The Mystic Way 14: Deification in Union

Last time we looked at the characteristics of the Unitive Life. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism to explore the first style of language used by mystics to describe the experience of union, that of deification: “We have said that the mystic of the impersonal type, the seeker of a Transcendent Absolute,… Continue reading The Mystic Way 14: Deification in Union

Dark Night of the Soul · Mysticism

The Mystic Way 12: Ego Death in the Dark Night

Last time we looked at some of the forms of the Dark Night of the Soul. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism to explore the final and most challenging step of the dark night, that of the death of the self: “The various torments and desolations of the Dark Night constitute this… Continue reading The Mystic Way 12: Ego Death in the Dark Night

Dark Night of the Soul · Mysticism

The Mystic Way 11: Forms of the Dark Night

Last time we introduced the fourth phase of the Mystic Way, that of the Dark Night of the Soul. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism to explore some of the forms which the dark night can take during this process of the purification of the self: “(A) To those temperaments in which… Continue reading The Mystic Way 11: Forms of the Dark Night