Practical Mysticism - CHAPTER VI - LOVE AND WILL

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"Only the real, say the mystics, can know Reality, for “we behold that which we are,” the universe which we see is conditioned by the character of the mind that sees it: and this realness—since that which you seek is no mere glimpse of Eternal Life, but complete possession of it—must apply to every aspect of your being, the rich totality of character, all the “forces of the soul,” not to some thin and isolated “spiritual sense” alone."

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Love and Will

I understand EU to say we still have to live in the temporal, natural world. We cannot ignore it but by practicing meditation and recollection, we can rise above the natural world and begin to experience the spiritual and, ultimatley, the divine. We pracitce meditation to help us focus on what is truely important. When we have a focus we become more open, less rigid in our thinking and behavior. And we can start to develop a vision of Reality. Because we are giving up the "I-ness" (our prejudices, attachments, jealousies, rivalries etc) we start to see the world more clearly and to comprehend it more perfectly.

In response to the question from lkbaker, I cannot remember where I heard this anecodte or who said it but a person went to a great mystic and wanted to become a disciple. The great man said fine but first you must give up your attachment to cigarettes. The person went away for a year and came back ready to sutdy. The first thing the great man did was offer a cigarette. The person was shocked. The great man said "Remember, I told you to give up your attachment to cigarettes; I did not say you cannot smoke."