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This obscurity is a light lo which no created intelligence can arrive by its own nature (Poulain, 1950, p. 272). This state is described in all the literatures as one in which the mystic is passive in that he has abandoned striving. He sees "grace" to be the action of God on himself and feels himself to be receptive. " Human variety is reflected in the superficial differences between the various mystic records. However, perusal of these accounts leads one to agree with Marechal when he writes, A very delicate psychologicol problem is thus raised: the consensus of the testimonies we have educed is too unanimous to be rejected.
He described this state (the author's description is not complete since there seemed to be no good reason except interest for making full notations of his description) of Deep Reflection as one marked by physical relaxation with bowed head and closed eyes, a profound progressive psychological withdrawal from externalities but without any actual loss of physical realities nor any amnesias or loss of orientation, a "setting aside" of everything not pertinent, and then a state of complete mental absorption in matters of interest to him.
Perpetually telling of the unity of man with God, their speech antedates languages, and they do not grow old. I have already referred to explanations of this phenomenon in terms of regression. Two additional hypotheses should be considered: On the one hand, the perception of unity may be the perception of one's own psychic structure; on the other hand, the experience may be a perception of the real structure of the world. It is a commonplace that we do not experience the world directly. Instead, we have an experience of sensation and associated memories from which we infer the nature of the stimulating object.