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1892 Excerpt: ...pauses to say to itself how prettily it is flying,
the shining wings fall off, and it drops and dies. The life of the
spirit is not our life, but the life of God within us." This is
very beautiful. It is the same, in fact, as what Bishop Butler
says, in less ornamented prose, of the formation of moral habits.
We first learn to do right with effort. The habit grows till it
pervades the nature, and afterward we act as we ought
spontaneously, with no more consciousness than animals have, which
do what they do by instinct. But we are now on the edge of the
abnormal features of Teresa's history, and before I enter on the
subject I must explain briefly how I myself regard the aberrations
which will have to be related. All physicians, all psychologists of
reputation, agree that besides sleeping and waking there are other
conditions--trances, ecstasies, catalepsies, and such like--into
which the body is liable to fall; and, as in sleep images present
themselves more vivid than can be called up by waking memory or
waking fancy, so in these exceptional states of the system peculiar
phenomena appear, which are none the less real because fools or
impostors have built extravagant theories upon them. The muscles
sometimes become rigid, the senses become unnaturally susceptible.
The dreaming power is extraordinarily intensified, and visions are
seen (we say "seen" for want of a more scientific expression)
palpable as sense itself. Such conditions are usually brought about
by ordinary causes. Perhaps they may be created artificially. They
are not supernatural, for they have an exact analogy in the
universal experience of sleep. They are considered supernatural
only because they are exceptional, and the objects perceived are
always supplied out of the stores ...
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