An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mysticism: and the Mystery by John Ferguson

By John Ferguson

Starting from Christian mystical theology to Sufism, from the traditional philosophers to the Cambridge Platonists, from visionaries equivalent to William Blake and the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing to the position performed via medicinal drugs, yoga, tune and the dance, this Encyclopaedia presents crucial details at the manifold features of mysticism and may function a entire and beneficial paintings of reference for a few years to come back. comprises 2 hundred illustrations.

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By John Ferguson

Starting from Christian mystical theology to Sufism, from the traditional philosophers to the Cambridge Platonists, from visionaries equivalent to William Blake and the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing to the position performed via medicinal drugs, yoga, tune and the dance, this Encyclopaedia presents crucial details at the manifold features of mysticism and may function a entire and beneficial paintings of reference for a few years to come back. comprises 2 hundred illustrations.

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To the Balinese the universe, the cosmos (both B a l i a n d t h e B a ro n g 29 the physical and the spiritual cosmos, which, to the Balinese, are mirror images) is not neat and orderly. They do not understand the Western idea that says the universe is lawful, that if we know the laws, the cycles, the regularities, then we can predict the future. The Balinese say that the cosmos is unknowable, unpredictable, changing according to no rule or law of man, or even of gods. That means we must live always and only in the here and now—that is all there is.

If the roof leaked, neighbors helped repair it. If the soles of my shoes were worn, the village cobbler repaired them. We ate what was in season. We traded eggs for vegetables, perhaps, or milk for a wool sweater. Not a bad time, on the whole. A time when a major decision might be whether I should go on a vision quest now or later. Today we go on a vision quest over the weekend. We take shamanic training at a two-day workshop that is repeated every few weeks for others who want to learn whatever it is that a particular teacher has to say about shamanism.

He was a model citizen, it seemed. The villagers seemed happy. The new head was obviously well respected. After the installation ceremonies were over, I tried to figure out what the appointment had been based on. While the new village head was related to the late head, the son of the old head had been overlooked. As far as I knew, the chosen cousin was no expert bridge builder, and he knew no more about drainage ditches than anyone else. ) Certainly there had not been an election, as we understand the term.

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