Our Personal Inner Life

“… only because of a dim sense of the supernatural existing within us, can we ever recognize the accent of the supernatural in the seer or the saint… any man or woman who has genuine experience of the inner life, and sufficient humility to realize the very low place most of us occupy on the great ladder of prayer, will, when they have found their place on that ladder, find that the advice of the mystics in respect of it always works. Those mystics are the true seat of authority for the conduct of the inner life, though not necessarily for anything else, for we must be careful to distinguish their accounts of spiritual experience from the explanations which they offer about it”:

Evelyn Underhill, “The Authority of Personal Religious Experience”[1925].

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