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 Migrate feminine images back to God. Migrate feminine images back to God.
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 === Parable of the Trapeze by Danaan Parry === === Parable of the Trapeze by Danaan Parry ===
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 Sometimes I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings.  Sometimes I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. 
 I'm either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments in my life, I'm hurtling across space in between trapeze bars. I'm either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments in my life, I'm hurtling across space in between trapeze bars.
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 === To a Snowflake === === To a Snowflake ===
 by Francis Thompson by Francis Thompson
 +[[|snowflake formation]] [[|snowflake]]
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 =====Part Four - Mystic and Prophet===== =====Part Four - Mystic and Prophet=====
 +  * //"Broadly speaking I understand [mysticism] to be the innate tendency of the human spirit towards the complete harmony with the transcendental order, whatever be the theological formula under which that order is understood. This tendency, in great mystics, gradually captures the whole field of consciousness, it dominates their life and, in the experience called ‘mystic union,’ attains its end…I believe this process to represent the true line of development of the highest form of human consciousness.// (Underhill, 1911, p. XV)
 +  * In the Christian tradition, women as virgins, martyrs and mystics can gain personal autonomy and authority.
 +  * Mary is a Virgin in this tradition. 
 +  * She is also an archetype of Christian discipleship, mysticism and prophecy. 
 +  * Medieval women mystics developed a distinctive theology of Mary.
 +    * Mary is first disciple.
 +    * Mary is companion of disciples.
 +    * Mary is archetype of the spiritual life.
 +  * Mystical writers have often been objects of suspicion and persecution by church authorities
 +    * Even Satan can be disguised as an angel of light
 +    * Yet there are still angels of light. 
 +    * Attributing mystical experience to Mary is 'safe.'
 +    * Yet it risks confining the experience to Mary.
 +  * Three-fold way - Mysticism
 +    * Love God with a free heart, letting go of whatever is lesser or gets in the way.
 +    * Inward silence, empty and free from images of all things which they ever saw or of which they ever heard.
 +    * Loving adherence to God.
 +      * The beloved has fallen into the lover in mutual surrender.
 +      * The spirit immerses itself, and knows not how, nor where, nor in what it is. Self-annihilation
 +      * Spirit beholds a Darkness beyond reason, dead and lost to self, one with God without difference and without distinction. And when it feels itself one with God, then God alone is its peace and its enjoyment and its rest.
 +  * Prophecy - One is sent down by God from these heights into the world is full of truth and rich in all virtues. And they seek not their own but the glory of God Who has sent them. They must always spend themselves on those who have need of them; for the living fount of the Holy Spirit, which is their wealth, can never be spent. 
 +==== Hildegard of Bingen ====
 +O Viridissima Virga (O Greenest Rod)
 +  * O branch of freshest green,
 +  * O hail! Within the windy gusts of saints
 +  * upon a quest you swayed and sprouted forth.
 +  * 
 +  * When it was time, you blossomed in your boughs—
 +  * “Hail, hail!” you heard, for in you seeped the sunlight’s warmth
 +  * like balsam’s sweet perfume.
 +  * 
 +  * For in you bloomed
 +  * so beautiful a flow’r, whose fragrance wakened
 +  * all the spices from their dried-out stupor.
 +  * 
 +  * They all appeared in full viridity.
 +  * 
 +  * Then rained the heavens dew upon the grass
 +  * and all the earth was cheered,
 +  * for from her womb she brought forth fruit
 +  * and for the birds up in the sky
 +  * have nests in her.
 +  * 
 +  * Then was prepared that food for humankind,
 +  * the greatest joy of feasts!
 +  * O Virgin sweet, in you can ne’er fail any joy.
 +  * 
 +  * All this Eve chose to scorn.
 +  * 
 +  * But now, let praise ring forth unto the Highest!
 +===== Trinities =====
 +Created and Uncreated Trinities originate in the French School and are taken up by the first Sisters of St. Joseph.
 ====Uncreated Trinity==== ====Uncreated Trinity====
 +Creator - Redeemer - Spirit
 ====Created Trinity==== ====Created Trinity====
 +Jesus - Mary - Joseph
 ====Evangelical Trinity==== ====Evangelical Trinity====
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