The Spiral Way:

Being Meditations upon the Fifteen Mysteries of the Soul’s Ascent

Evelyn Underhill (alias John Cordelier)

(Second edition, 1922)

"In the Light which fills that secret place is laid up for us the pattern of our imperishable Crown. It is made of roses, wild and fragrant, and 'in each rose is written the word Love.' To that centre we may retreat . . . ."

The Spiral Way first was published in 1912 under Evelyn Underhill’s pseudonym, John Cordelier. It is based around the threefold mystic path of purgation, illumination, and union and closely parallels her classic Mysticism published the year prior. The following text is the complete second edition of The Spiral Way released in 1922.

Table of Contents


The Joyful Mysteries of the Soul's Ascent

The Annunciation

The Visitation

The Nativity

The Presentation in the Temple

The Child Amongst the Doctors.

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Soul's Ascent

The Agony in the Garden

The Scourging

The Crown of Thorns

The Bearing of the Cross

The Crucifixion

The Triumphant Mysteries of the Soul's Ascent

The Resurrection

The Ascension

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

The Assumption

The Coronation




1906 - The Miracles of Our Lady Saint Mary

1911 - Mysticism

1912 - Introduction to The Cloud of Unknowing

1913 - The Mystic Way

1914 - Introduction: Richard Rolle - The Fire of Love

1915 - Practical Mysticism

1915 - Introduction: Songs of Kabir

1916 - Introduction: John of Ruysbroeck

1920 - The Essentials of Mysticism, and other Essays

1922 - The Spiral Way

1922 - The Life of the Spirit and the Life of Today (Upton Lectures)

1926 - Concerning the Inner Life

1928 - Man and the Supernatural

1929 - The House of the Soul

1933 - The Golden Sequence

1933 - Mixed Pasture: Twelve Essays

1936 - The Spiritual Life

1943 - Introduction to the Letters of Evelyn Underhill
by Charles Williams


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