Practical Mysticism -CHAPTER III - THE PREPARATION OF THE MYSTIC

l.craddock's picture

Here the practical man will naturally say: And pray how am I going to do this? How shall I detach myself from the artificial world to which I am accustomed? Where is the brake that shall stop the wheel of my image-making mind?

nlightenup's picture

Deliberate withdrawal...

In the last paragraph on page 18, EH writes of "a
deliberate withdrawal of attention from the bewildering multiplicity of things," to remove oneself from the incessant single-sight stimuli of daily living.

I'm reminded of a book by another of my favorite authors: The Desert in the City, by Carlo Carretto. Carretto led a life full of religious activity, then entered a religious order in his 40's and went literally to the desert. My favorite book of his is Letters from the Desert. So many people, though, plied him with questions about what to do when they could not go literally to the desert that he wrote Desert in the City. It's a complete week-long (IIRC) retreat. I've never followed it, but it's nice to know it's there for such time as I may be moved to.

Blessings--

Debbie A.




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