Anyway, so the pilgrim learns how to pray the way these very mystical persons say you should—I mean he keeps at it till he’s perfected it and everything.
Which has a really tremendous, mystical effect on your whole outlook.
If so, I’m scared stiff that if ever you gain any weight you’ll be as victimized as the next young actor into contributing to the reliable Hollywood amalgam of prizefighter and mystic, gunman and underprivileged child, cowhand and Man’s Conscience, and the rest.
You take a look around your college campus, and the world, and politics, and one season of summer stock, and you listen to the conversation of a bunch of nitwit college students, and you decide that everything’s ego, ego, ego, and the only intelligent thing for a girl to do is to lie around and shave her head and say the Jesus Prayer and beg God for a little mystical experience that’ll make her nice and happy.
…in either of the books, but, in Eastern terms, there are seven subtle centers in the body, called cha-kras, and the one most closely connected with the heart is called anahata, which is supposed to be sensitive and powerful as hell, and when it’s activated, it, in turn, activates another of these centers, between the eyebrows, called ajna—it’s the pineal gland, really, or, rather, an aura around the pineal gland—and then, bingo, there’s an opening of what mystics call the ’third eye.’
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She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
She is a mystic who claims to be able to both talk to the dead and see into the future.