PART 5: MYSTICISM IN PRACTICE – Crossing the Abyss & The Hermit
The Ordeal: The Dark Night of the Soul – The Babe of the Abyss
One might think that such light, love, and bliss has no ordeal, but there is a distinct ordeal that awaits the Mystic at this second Stage of Illumination. As mentioned previously, the Mystic is united with the Object of her devotion in this Stage but still remains separate therefrom. If this Illumination is continued through the Mystic’s persistent devotion and meditation, the by-products of this Illumination – especially the sense of overwhelming joy, bliss, and rapture – eventually “settle down.” The initial Illumination is like an explosion and if one remains in it, the clouds slowly disperse and one can see clearly.
At a certain point, the Mystic may realize that…
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