where did Visualization come from?

Did esoteric practices originate from Christian traditions? How did medieval scholasticism influence the esoteric use of imagination? And can the boundaries between kataphatic and apophatic methodologies shed light on the diverse spiritual landscape of Europe’s past?

Join us as we uncover the pivotal role of imagination within mystical practices, challenging the notion that esotericism stands apart from traditional Christian thought. From the affective piety movement to the intellectual currents of high scholasticism, we explore how the imaginative faculty has been a bridge between sensory experience and divine insight, deeply integrated with the Christian kataphatic tradition. Discover how thinkers like Bonaventure shaped a legacy of visual contemplation that resonates through esoteric practice today. This journey isn’t just a historical exploration—it’s a reevaluation of how we perceive the nexus of faith, cognition, and the pursuit of gnosis. Sign up for our newsletter for more insights and join the conversation in redefining the boundaries of spiritual understanding.


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Asprem, E. 2016. Esotericism and the Scholastic Imagination: The Origins of Esoteric Practice in Christian Kataphatic Spirituality. Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism. 4, pp.3–36.

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Published on March 25, 2024