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Could you please explain the following text about extroverts and introverts written by The Venerable Augustine Baker, a seventeenth-century Benedictine contemplative:
“Those souls who have not a propensity to the interior must abide always in the exercise, in which sensible images are used, and these souls will find the sensible exercise very profitable to themselves and to others, and pleasing to God. But others, who have the propensity to the interior, do not always remain in the exercise of the sense, but after a time these will give place to the exercises of the spirit, which are independent of the senses and the imagination and consist simply in the elevation of the will of the intellective soul to God…the human spirit in this way aspiring to a union with the Divine Spirit.”
I am really not clear about the meaning such as: sensible images, sensible exercise, senses and the imagination …
Thank you for your time and help.
A person who doesn't have a propensity for inward looking and thinking must live in a sensory world where everything of importance pertains to the senses.
Introverts, however, do not always rely on sensory input. Not all their exercise is 'sensory' - some is 'spiritual', which can be seen as an opposite of sensory. It seems that Baker places imagination under the sensory category. Perhaps he means making mental images of sensory things rather than purely spiritual thought?