The Mind Has Mountains: The Germanic Mystics from 1100-1960

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Extraordinary Lecturer, North-West University, South Africa

Series: Historical Figures
BISAC: HIS014000; REL047000; REL108020
DOI: 10.52305/OFVL9913

The Mind Has Mountains traces the history of Germanic mysticism from the nun Hildegard von Bingen to the founding of psychoanalysis. Its focal points are Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme, and Idealist philosophy. It takes its readers down what Hopkins called “cliffs of fall, frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed”: the nothingness of Eckhart’s God beyond God, Boehme’s Ungrund, and the spirit of the depths that Carl Jung termed the collective unconscious. Characters who traverse its pages include heretic nuns, laywomen living as nuns, a priest whose listeners collapsed to the ground on hearing one of his sermons, the author of a medieval guide to Christlikeness, a cartographer of heaven and hell, and an apostate Theosophist. These spiritual guides are not so much vestiges of a prescientific era as exponents of the knowledge of God that comes through the embrace of unitive love, or what the greatest philosopher of German Idealism called the becoming of the divine.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Nuns, Beguines, and Beghards

Chapter 2. Meister Eckhart

Chapter 3. Eckhart’s Disciples

Chapter 4. The Friends of God and the German Theologian

Chapter 5. Devotio Moderna

Chapter 6. The Early Protestant Mystics

Chapter 7. Hegel the Hermetist

Chapter 8. The German Awakening

Chapter 9. The Last Theosophist

Chapter 10. Jung the Mystic

Bibliography

About the Author

Index

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