The creative imagination of the Sufi mystic, Ibn 'Arabi

Authors
Citation
Fr. Halligan, The creative imagination of the Sufi mystic, Ibn 'Arabi, J RELIG H, 40(2), 2001, pp. 275-287
Citations number
17
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science","Religion & Tehology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH
ISSN journal
0022-4197 → ACNP
Volume
40
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
275 - 287
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-4197(200122)40:2<275:TCIOTS>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
The 12(th)-13(th) century mystic, Ibn 'Arabi, was known as "the Greatest Ma ster" among the Sufis. His insights into dreams, visions and prophetic proc esses may prove enlightening to our own more secular age. The findings of C arl Jung parallel some of the revelations of the mystic, but Ibn 'Arabi goe s farther than Jung into the Active Imagination as both conscious-willed-an d spontaneous, autonomous process. Through surrender and annihilation in th e Divine, the mystic opens himself to receive theophanies, resulting in a l ife lived perpetually in awareness of Divine Presence. Union with the Divin e is the aim of the mystic and Ibn 'Arabi shows us a detailed account of ho w that life is experienced.