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Toward Understanding Mystical Consciousness: an Analysis of a Text From Simone Weil

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Textual analysis represents the most viable approach towards gaining a greater understanding of the nature and characteristics of mystical consciousness. An analysis of a text from Simone Weil, the French philosopher and champion of workers' rights, indicates that mystical consciousness is a received moment of heightened awareness. Mystical consciousness is both self-aware and aware of an other. It may be mediated through language such as poems or prayers. It is the nature of mystical consciousness to create an outward or transcendent movement, a transformative ego-shift. Finally, mystical consciousness displays the characteristics proper to ordinary consciousness, but is qualitatively different in terms of intensity, absorption and boundaries.

Affiliations: 1: Christian Spirituality Faculty of Theology and Biblical Religions University of South Africa P O Box 392, Pretoria, 0003 Republic of South Africa


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