“Spiritual awakening, even if it seems sudden and world shattering, is generally part of a long process,” writes Carl McColman in Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path. “Think of the Buddha. His mind-blowing moment beneath the tree came, not only after weeks of meditation, but also after years of inner restlessness and searching. Great spiritual memoirs — from Saint Augustine’s Confessions to Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain to Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies — are classic, not only because they tell of people who undergo profound shifts in consciousness and awakening, but also because they acknowledge that such aha! moments typically come after long periods of questioning and struggle.
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