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The Interior Castle, also titled The Mansions, is a classic work of Christian mysticism by St. Teresa of Ávila. Published in 1588, the text serves as a practical guide for those who wish to achieve mystical union with the divine. Teresa viewed the soul as a “castle made of a single diamond”, which contains seven mansions or dwelling places. The concept of the immanence of God - who dwells in the seventh mansion - was central to her spirituality. 

The Interior Castle guides the believer on an interior journey through the seven mansions toward mystical union. Prayer and meditation are the preconditions for entering upon the quest. The first three mansions are entered through daily prayer, on the active stage of the journey. Mansions four to five involve mystical prayer, and is considered the passive stage as the divine role in the process increases. Mansions six and seven are the betrothal and the consummation of the mystical marriage.

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Great book!

This is a very good portrait of the inner life of devotion to God and it does a great job of putting the spiritual life of the believer in proper perspective. I was very humbled reading it and it is clear St. Teresa put great pains into writing it. I don't fully agree or share her concerns on what she refers to as divine favors, meaning manifestations, visons, etc, but the info was interesting nonetheless. Well worth reading.

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