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Here is a link to Teresa of Avila’s book, The Interior Castle.  You can read it online, download it, put it on a mobile device, or listen to it.  http://www.ccel.org/ccel/teresa/castle2.html

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From the brief introduction:

…She wrote Interior Castle
as a spiritual guide to union with God. Her inspiration for the
work came from a vision she received from God. In it, there
was a crystal globe with seven mansions, with God in the
innermost mansion. St. Teresa interpreted this vision as an
allegory for the soul’s relationship with God; each mansion
represents one place on a path towards the “spiritual marriage”–i.e.
union–with God in the seventh mansion. One
begins on this path through prayer and meditation. She also
describes the resistance that the Devil places in various
rooms, to keep believers from union with God. Throughout,
she provides encouragements and advice for spiritual development…

 

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