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Aurora
4.29
liked it
I give it three as it is important to the records we have on the mystical experience. Jacob was an angry, firey spirit, and should probably not have s ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
The Poems of St John of the Cross
4.21
did not like it
My, what longing and pain we find here. He could not get over it. Hairshirts and body chains do something to one's psyche, even after the experience o ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
Dark Night of the Soul
4.21
really liked it
The little death. Flagalentes beware. Focused on one aspect of the spiritual path, but a big one. Also check out Buddhisms Dweller on the Threshold. P ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Padre Pio: The True Story
4.39
liked it
I repeat, still waiting for the right biography. This one is good, not great, and an essential read for approaching Pio.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Mystical Poems of Rumi 1: First Selection, Poems 1-200
4.31
really liked it
Works so strangely at odds with the convulsive currents of contemporary Islam.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Interior Castle
4.20
it was amazing
A readable (not like Boehme) and amazing work.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The earth journey, from birth to fulfillment
5.00
it was amazing
spiritual lessons if practiced with discipline will lead to spiritual fulfillment through the path of the Beloved. Rednick is Probably THE great spiri ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church
4.36
it was amazing
A living book. What do I mean by this simple statement? This book is a living entity that speaks to me. When the Great Thanksgiving of the Mass begins ...more
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Apr 23, 2008
 
Holy Bible: NIV Pocket Thin New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs
4.26
it was amazing
I include this here, separate from the whole Bible to emphasize that Paul was a mystic, a state of being not readily explained or promoted in the Chur ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
The Enneads
4.02
it was amazing
Thanks to his amanuensis, Porphyry, we have the most influential book from a heathen that influenced and, in some measure, reintroduced mysticism into ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
Life of Milarepa
4.23
it was amazing
You have to love Milarepa, and Evans-Wentz's version of this tale is a terrific read. From Bad Guy to Enlightened (though odd) Saint, the journey is a ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness
4.07
it was amazing
The primary source for a first understanding of mysticism. A monumental work. One of the Sayers-Lewis collective. Did you know St. Catherine lived for ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Synthesis of Yoga
4.58
it was amazing
A must read and keep for understanding the yogas of spiritual advancement - their origins, practices, dangers, and results. Nothing left out. Could us ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena
4.31
liked it
I keep putting it back on the shelf without finishing. Was she a nutcase or a true mystic? The accounts of her are more interesting than her little ta ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
The Mysticism of Plotinus
4.00
it was amazing
Kind of a mix here when dealing with Plotinus. He influenced Christianity's mystical side, but was a heathen, to be sure. Again, Underhill is masterfu ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
Madame Jeanne Guyon: Experiencing Union with God Through Inner Prayer & the Way and Rescues of Union with God
4.52
liked it
One a bit on the crazy side after coming out from ultimate ectstatic union. The experience, without preparation and guidance can do this to one. Still ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
The Gospel of Thomas: Discovering the Lost Words of Jesus
4.11
really liked it
I'd add it to the canon and dump Revelation. My suggestion is to read the Gospel without attending commentary pressing in. Digest it, then turn to oth ...more
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Apr 23, 2008
 
The Spiritual Life
4.09
really liked it
Underhill always are her best with big-picture explication, less with material more personal - after all, isn't the personal privately for each of us? ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Other Bible
4.16
liked it
Check out the Odes of Solomon - magnificent! The rest is largely so much fabricated twaddle. We can never fault our ancestors for the extent and vivid ...more
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Apr 23, 2008
 
Revelations of Divine Love
3.97
really liked it
A bit out of my comfort zone, but what a woman! Still retained that British pragmatism, or so they say. Pick and chose your bits from these, that's th ...more
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Apr 21, 2008
 
The Way of the White Clouds
4.21
really liked it
An introduction of an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. An interesting narrative. Suspend your disbelief for a bit and let the story do its job - won' ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Unknown Book 3198314
5.00
it was amazing
A work of devotion, love and sacrifice from Anna and Gabrielle. This one will outlast us all and achieve most of its work in future, which will be sig ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Something Beautiful for God
4.17
really liked it
On the cynical editor of Punch a light "has shined." Transformation of the one human spirit in a quasi-biography of Mother Teresa. A terrific read.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution
4.09
liked it
Important concepts, but regurgitated old and better put. An eclectic sort of guy. Verdict still out. Things will need to sit awhile.
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Apr 15, 2008
 
Vivekananda: East Meets West: A Pictorial Biography
4.43
it was ok
So what goes wrong when an Eastern ascetic plops his butt down on the beach at Oceanside? More than a smile. This chapter is missing.
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May 04, 2008
 
Padre Pio: Man of Hope
4.37
liked it
Still waiting for the right biography. This one is good and an essential read for approaching Pio.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Hildegard of Bingen's Book of Divine Works: With Letters and Songs
3.89
liked it
I can get through these. Hildegard kept her feet on the ground and was useful to many.
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Apr 21, 2008
 
The Tibetan Book of the Dead or The After-death Experiences on the Bardo Plane
4.04
liked it
Good, but not practical to us Westerners. I never did like the color orange in abundance.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Scale Of Perfection
3.43
really liked it
Should be read without commentary first. Then wait. Then the coommentary.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
The Hidden Door To Reality: A Book Of Mystical Experiences
4.00
really liked it
Something of a teaser. One has a lot of work to get here.
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Apr 14, 2008
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