Thursday, December 29, 2016

On Ekstasis

Human beings seek ekstasis, a ‘stepping outside’ of their normal, mundane experience. If they no longer find ecstasy in a synagogue, church or mosque, they look for it in dance, music, sport, [money], sex or drugs.

When people receive the Bible receptively and intuitively, they find it gives them intimations of transcendence. A major characteristic of a peak religious insight is a sense of wholeness and oneness. It has been called coincidentia oppositorum: in this ecstatic condition, things that seemed separate and even opposed coincide and reveal an unexpected unity. Karen Armstrong

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