Lawrence, D H - Sons and Lovers
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
D. H. LAWRENCE. From Sons and Lovers (1913; Penguin edn., 1954),ch. xiii.
As a rule, when he started love-making, the emotion was strong enough to carry with it everything - reason, soul, blood - in a great sweep, like the Trent carries bodily its back-swirls and intertwinings, noiselessly.
Gradually the little criticisms, the little sensations, were lost, thought also went, everything borne along in one flood. He became not a man with a mind, but a great instinct. His hands were like creatures, living; his limbs, his body, were all life and consciousness, subject to no will of his, but living in themselves.
Just as he was, so it seemed the vigorous, wintry stars were strong also with life. He and they struck with the same pulse of fire, and the same joy of strength which held the bracken-frond stiff near his eyes held his own body firm.
It was as if he, and the stars, and the dark herbage, and Clara were licked up in an immense tongue of flame, which tore onwards and upwards.
Everything rushed along in living beside him; everything was still, perfect in itself, along with him. This wonderful stillness in each thing in itself, while it was being borne along in a very ecstasy of living, seemed the highest point of bliss.