This book falls naturally into two parts: each of which is really complete in itself, though they are in a sense complementary to one another. Whilst the second and longest part contains a somewhat detailed study of the nature and development of man’s spiritual or mystical consciousness m the first is intended rather to provide an introduction to the general subject of mysticism. Exhibiting it by turns from the point of view of metaphysics, psychology, and symbolism, it is an attempt to gather between the covers of one volume information at present scattered amongst many monographs and texts books written in divers tongues, and to give the student in a compact form at least the elementary facts in regard to each of those subjects which are most closely connected with the study of the mystics.
Table of Contents
PART I: THE MYSTIC FACT Preface 1. The Point of Departure 2. Mysticism and Vitalism 3. Mysticism and Psychology 4. The Characteristics of Mysticism 5. Mysticism and Theology 6. Mysticism and Symbolism 7. Mysticism and Magic PART II: THE MYSTIC WAY 1. Introductory 2. The Awakening of the Self 3. The Purification of the Self 4. The Illumination of the Self 5. Voices and Visions 6. Introversion Part I: Recollection and Quiet 7. Introversion Part II: Contemplation 8. Ecstasy and Rapture 9. The Dark Night of the Soul 10. The Unitive Life CONCLUSION INDEX
Evelyn Underhill was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism.