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The Baphomet Underhill Catch-up Kerfuffle (and WOOTW #34)

I’ve been so busy finishing up the book that didn’t finish or publish several half-written posts.  So I decided to thrown them all together for you.  But I had absolutely no idea what to call this catch-all post because, to be honest, I’m coming up on my 1,000th post, and my creative titling skills are s t r e t c h e d to breaking, OK?  So I just threw some words in the the title line and kind of moved on.

Anyway, check out this little slideshow.  Pointers and reptiles and staffs — oh my! I’ve been reading The Mythic Image by Joseph Campbell and I’ve started seeing all kinds of connections between divergent images from various times.   The similarities between the figures in the slideshow below kind of made my head go >kqonk!<.  What do you see when you look at them?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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And Happy Belated Birthday to the very mystical Evelyn Underhill (6 December 1875 – 15 June 1941). Her timeless and wonderful book Mysticism  (full title, Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness) had a profound effect on me. Highly recommended.  It’s basically the instruction manual to the mystic mindset.  My favorite quote of hers is, “Mysticism is the art of union with Reality. The mystic is a person who has attained that union in greater or less degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment.”


And now for the Cabal Fang Workout of the Week.

Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #34

  • Dumbbell HIIT.  Set timer to beep every 60 seconds and select two dumbbells approx 10% of your body weight — beginners less, advanced more.  Complete 4 sets of the following exercises, as many reps as you can before the timer beeps, taking a 10-second break between: Military Presses (alternating), Squats, Curl-ups.  That’s 12 mins total.
  • 2 miles AFAYC.  Walk, hike, jog, run, walk/run, doesn’t matter — just cover the miles as fast as you can.

Somebody Else Likes Underhill

Apparently R. Michael Gosselin is enjoying Evelyn Underhill’s 1911 masterpiece Mysticism as much as I did.

If you’re a student of mysticism you must read Underhill’s Mysticism.  Claiming to be a student of mysticism without having read Underhill is like claiming to be an economist without having read anything by John Maynard Keynes.

I hope Mr. Gosselin talks about the book some more as promised. I was going to reply to his post, but unfortunately his blog won’t accept reader comments.  Mr. G., if you have a Google alert set up for your name and you get this message, please open up your blog to reader comments so we can chat about it.

You’re a Mystic? What’s That?

My fiction contains mystic themes, my martial art promotes a mystic’s mindset and my love of the environment stems from the experience of divinity through the window of the natural world.

What’s mysticism?

First of all, Pythagoras, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross, Brave New World author Aldous Huxley, Beatles musician George Harrison, psychologist Carl Jung, author of the definitive work on the subject of mysticism Evelyn Underhill and most of the poets who ever lived, were all mystics.

That’s what I call good company.

Simply put, a mystic is someone in pursuit of a direct connection with the Divine.  According to the 1911 Britannica, mysticism is

“the endeavour of the human mind to grasp the divine essence or the ultimate reality of things, and to enjoy the blessedness of actual communion with the Highest.”

Some people call themselves mystics and give mysticism a bad name by making  outrageous claims, like being able to levitate or go months without eating or drinking.

That’s not mysticism.

Mysticism is about seeing, perceiving, experiencing, and perhaps communicating, with the Divine.