Search for the Meaning of Life: Essays and Reflections on the Mystical Experience

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Triumph Books, 1995 - Mysticism - 327 pages
Willigis Jager believes all of us are familiar with mystical experiences - any time we've found ourselves saying, "I'm not sure what this means, but I know it happened to me." Jager even insists that spirit is more "real" than matter - that it is the primordial stuff from which the visible world is made. For him, mysticism is simply the best way to experience the image of God in ourselves & the handiwork of God in all creatures. This collection of gem-like reflections distills Jager's most popular messages along with responses from his hearers. Jager draws on a variety of sources from traditional Christian mystics to contemporary Zen masters. He describes the basic routes people travel on their mystical quests, including controlled breathing, quiet sitting, reciting mantras & rosaries - methods that lead to states of "non-thinking" that may produce lucid, even life-transforming insights. Jager also surveys the great Christian mystics including John Cassian & the Desert Fathers, Meister Eckhart, St. John of the Cross, & Madame Guyon, along with lesser-known mystics persecuted by institutional church leaders. Jager provides guidance in learning how to pray contemplatively - prayer that brings one into the presence of God rather than the more conventional one-way conversations with God. The healing power of mysticism is compared with the techniques of psychoanalysis, with a particularly insightful approach to the demonic & its relation to depression. One theme shines through all Jager's reflections: the invitation of the cosmic Christ to truly become his brothers & sisters - sons & daughters of God, not just adoring fans.

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