st. john of the cross

An Unexpected Benefit of Studying the Mystics

An Unexpected Benefit of Studying the Mystics

For some reason, I’ve always been interested in sources of inspiration and creativity – the guy behind the guy in a sense. So if someone is an influential musician, say, I want to know who had influenced them. In college I dug into some of the inspirations for artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, going back into the catalogue of early 20th century masters like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, and so on. I wanted to hear that originating source.

Exposition of the complete poem (and mystical progression), of Dark Night Of The Soul by St. John of The Cross

Exposition of the complete poem (and mystical progression), of Dark Night Of The Soul by St. John of The Cross

To my knowledge, an Integral and Unitive exposition of St. John of The Cross's poem, The Dark Night of The Soul has never been done. The last five stanzas were never explained by St. John.  I offer it here, using the perspectives of Evelyn Underhill and Ken Wilber, and living it as a write it.

St. John Of The Cross Passes The Integral Test and Still Preserves Holy Mystery

St. John Of The Cross Passes The Integral Test and Still Preserves Holy Mystery

I sense that St. John of The Cross most likely traveled extremely far in the ever-unfolding layers of Divine Union, though his famous double-book, The Ascent To Mt. Carmel and The Dark Night of The Soul, stopped its expository deliberations on his famous poem less than halfway through.  Why is that?