intuitions into concepts with which it can deal* (underlinings mine)31
We must, however, be careful to distinguish betv;een the content of the intuition which takes place during the ecstasy, and the truths which the mystic comes to believe as a result of reflecting upon his experience
I recognize the fact that those who have enjoyed mystical experiences are likely to describe them afterwards in terms of their own religion, and that this entails their making use of the terminology and the beliefs of the religion in which they happen to have been brought up.33
This mystical experience, in its essential aspects as experience, is pretty much the same through the centuries and in all lands. What accounts for the historical types is, therefore, not the nature of the experience as such, but the prevailing theological or metaphysical conceptions of the time and place, which color the expectation of the given mystic, and form the background setting through which he interprets his illumination.34
The fact is that the mystical feeling of enlargement, union, and emancipation has no specific intellectual content whatever of its own. It is capable of forming matrimonial alliances with material furnished by the most diverse philosophies and theologies, provided only they can find a place in their framework for its peculiar emo- • tional mood.35
31Underhill, op. cit., pp. 78-79. See also her Essentials of Mysticism (Dutton Everyman Paperback Edition» New Yorkj E. P. Dutton, 1960), pp. 4, 18-19.
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