By Piers Moore Ede

This is often the tale of a guy who launched into a quest that many people have dreamed approximately. dissatisfied by means of a global addicted to fabric wealth and medical truth, he determined to shuttle around the globe looking for anything extra significant: the paranormal, the magical. His trip takes him from snow-blanketed villages within the Himalayas to tiny, covert groups of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey; from the world's biggest spiritual pageant at the banks of the swollen Ganges to a dappled, old Sufi area in Delhi. Lyrical and clear-sighted, "All sorts of Magic" is an interesting exploration of the hidden global of miracles that's without delay deeply own and common in its scope.

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3 Discovering the Self through Love in the Writings of William of St Thierry hile Lubac regards the commentary of Pseudo-Richard of St Victor as one of the best mystical commentaries, my own investigation contends that the relationship between hermeneutic practice and the discovery of the self is more explicit in the spiritual writings of William of St Thierry. William’s personal engagement with the Song is made possible thanks to the performative nature of the Song and his knowledge of Bernard’s own project with this text.

His study of caritas is not immediately preoccupied by the spiritual desire for God. Indeed, in all its degrees, caritas is shown to affect the inner self, whatever its object of attention. Hence, in the first degree, it enters into the affective power; in the second degree it paralyses cognitive thinking; in the third it annihilates action. 70 Richard of St Victor shows the devastating effects of the higher degrees of love when they are directed at a carnal object. If the first degree of love is to be wished in a matrimonial relationship, all the others are negative and are a prefiguration of future damnation.

And what can imagination do there? 39 But if imagination fumbles as a working tool in the higher degrees of contemplation, it still provides the fallen soul with the most efficient language, metaphorical discourse, for their description. The receiving of grace for instance is one of the most lyrical passages of The Mystical Ark. While Pseudo-Dionysius ceases his descriptions before reaching the unknowing, Richard resorts to the language of love to describe worlds beyond the cloud:40 A moment in the garden, a moment in the hall, a moment in the chamber until at last finally after much waiting and great weariness He enters the 18 Hermeneutics and Language of Love in the Twelfth Century bedchamber and occupies the most intimate and secret place.

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