- Draw the water from a well [intellectual prayer; phrased in natural language]
- Use aqueducts driven by a water wheel [prayer of quiet]
- The water is from a river [sleep of the faculties]
- It rains [union; no power left in the body]
We have a clear progression — the more Father in Heaven is involved, the less we are able to express the experience in natural language to others.
Let's turn it around. Arthur Deikman has done some research into the physical implementation of both contemplative prayer, and more traditional Eastern mysticisms. [The linked survey is of Yoga and unidentified Buddhism, but other articles on the site examine Sufism as well.]
How practical is it for divergent ontologies (implementations) to result in verbally similar directions? [I'm thinking explicit construction here — just because I have an untrained emotional reaction, doesn't mean it's accurate.]