By Joan Borysenko
Joan Borysenko explores the ways that mysticism can input into your lifestyles. You don't need to climb a mountain or trek via Nepal to event a magical second; what you do need to study is to be absolutely found in your daily life and to open up the intense within the mundane. This e-book teaches readers how one can do that of their lives.
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Nor were they independent of space, however remote the locus of their dwellings. Their invisibility itself betokened spatiality, attenuating this dimension by redrafting its deﬁning visual ﬁeld. Indeed the gods were so worthy of human fear, respect, and tender gratitude, because they were common members of our cosmos. (Burkert 1985; 1987) There was more, however, to the story of Greco-Roman religion than the gods of polytheistic cult. Beside the tapestried pantheon, there was another, less 17 FLIGHT TO THE ALONE anthropomorphic spiritual tradition, one whose distinctive representation of divinity would grow increasingly persuasive in late antiquity.
Uncertainty regarding Augustine’s Platonic syllabus is only a minor concern. The Confessions make abundantly clear that Augustine was profoundly inﬂuenced by the libri Platonicorum and he presents that debt both as an endorsement of the intellectual sophistication of his new Christian theology and as a point of departure against which to develop his Christian theology. The Confessions explicitly claim Platonism as an ally of Christianity, especially in reference to contemplation of the transcendent.
Were they sufﬁcient for the production of the lower world of becoming, or were other forces required as well? These were questions upon which the closely associated Pythagorean and Platonist schools exercised their training in dialectic and to which they gave differing answers. Yet they were uniﬁed in their commitment to this transcendent and divine realm, and clear in their belief that it could be made accessible in some measure to the highest capacity within the human soul. This program of access to the transcendent was termed theo¯ria, contemplation.
7 Paths to God: The Ways of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko