Self-Awareness as the Mystical Goal“God does not raise to perfect contemplation every one that is tried in the way of the spirit…and he alone knows why.” — St. John of the Cross, “Dark Night of the Soul” Series 2 – Lecture 9 | Pamphlet. 36pp ……. Lecture Series Two of the Basic Ideas of Man is devoted to the study of consciousness itself, of man as a conscious being, and the orientation of human consciousness in its relation to the experiences of knowledge and knowing. The reader is introduced to the essential Buddhist doctrines of India, China and Tibet. The mystical teachings of the Platonists and Neoplatonists lead naturally to the consideration of the early Christian mystics.