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4.0 out of 5 stars Put me on the path to study the Mystics
This book put me on a life path of studying the lives of the Mystics: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Boheme, Ruusbroec, etc. and lead me also to the fascinating work on the history of Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill.Mysticism The most positive feature of the work is its detailing of the evolution of individual spirituality and the development of individual...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mystical curate's egg
Not for the fainthearted!
This book is the proverbial 'curate's egg' - parts of it are excellent, other parts exceedingly odd; rather like listening to a brilliant mind drifting in and out of delerium.
For instance, Marion's description and analysis of the different stages of psychological/spiritual growth and development are really clear, helpful and even...
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Diver


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3.0 out of 5 stars Mystical curate's egg, 26 Mar 2012
Not for the fainthearted!
This book is the proverbial 'curate's egg' - parts of it are excellent, other parts exceedingly odd; rather like listening to a brilliant mind drifting in and out of delerium.
For instance, Marion's description and analysis of the different stages of psychological/spiritual growth and development are really clear, helpful and even inspiring. But when he writes of speculative matters that have come to him by, it appears, direct revelation, things get much more opaque. As when hearing someone recount their dreams, I find myself thinking "There could well be something of genuine worth here, but it is so obscure and tangled that I am hard pressed to work out what may contain real insight and what is just plain eyewash".
Worth reading, but handle with care.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Put me on the path to study the Mystics, 6 Jun 2013
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This book put me on a life path of studying the lives of the Mystics: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Boheme, Ruusbroec, etc. and lead me also to the fascinating work on the history of Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill.Mysticism The most positive feature of the work is its detailing of the evolution of individual spirituality and the development of individual consciousness towards its goal in Christ consciousness, i.e. spiritual onotology. Recommended especially if you want a way out of the Authoritarin God in the Sky mentality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, 1 July 2008
Having wiggled myself out of fundamentalist Christianity and leaving an anthropomorphic old man in the clouds behind, searching for a spirituality that can include a scientific view I heard the interview between JM and KW, thought YES!! and bought the book with a sense of eager anticipation.

It got off to a good start, but before long I got that uneasy feeling. What is this where JM seems to state that Jesus really materialised bread and fish out of nothing, including walked on water?

There seems to be a belief that there is a direct causal connection between mind and matter in his view of what Jeses could do. To me that smacks of magical thinking appropriate for a two year old? As I read on about channelling and mediums and psychics, as well as an exhortation to pay more attention to Mary the Mother of Christ, my uneasiness turned to real disappointment.

Am I missing something here in the views endorsed by the founding fathers of Integral Institute?

The fact that one of the founding fathers of II is coming up with this interpretation is rattling my cage big time. Maybe this is very un-integral, and I am quite prepared to learn, but to me it seems to be more pathologic regression into magical thinking, than integration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FRUITFUL MARRIAGE OF CHRISTIANITY, MYSTICISM AND EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITUALITY, 10 Feb 2008
In this wonderful semi-autobiographical book, written with radical sincerity by American gay mystic Jim Marion, a path for the transcendence of the ego in the best christian mystical tradition is offered to all those ready to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

An enlightened read that challenges many of the notions held about Jesus, religion and the role of the Church. Foreworded by Integral Spirituality co-founder Ken Wilber.
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