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Castle of the Interior Man

The mystical term for the seven steps of spiritual growth in which the soul ascends toward Divinity: 1. Through prayer and concentration on God; 2.prayer directed toward obtaining knowledge of the mystical significance of the manifested reality; 3. self-renunciation, or the so-called "dark night of the soul"; 4. surrendering of personal will to God; 5. a state of union with Divinity in which the person's will and God's will becomes one; 6. a state of ecstasy in which the soul is filled with love and joy; 7. the mystical marriage with God, where the inner being enters heaven. A.G.H.

Source: 62, 38.
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