"True recollection has characteristics by which it can be easily recognized.
It produces a certain effect which I do not know how to explain,
but which is well understood by those who have experienced it. . . .
It is true that recollection has several degrees,
and that in the beginning these great effects are not felt,
because it is not yet profound enough.
But support the pain which you first feel in recollecting yourself,
despise the rebellion of nature,
overcome the resistance of the body, which loves a liberty which is its ruin,
learn self-conquest, persevere thus for a time,
and you will perceive very clearly the advantages which you gain from it.
As soon as you apply yourself to orison [prayer],
you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together:
they seem like bees which return to the hive
and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey:
and this will take place without effort or care on your part.
God thus rewards the violence which your soul has been doing to itself;
and gives to it such a domination over the senses
that a sign is enough when it desires to recollect itself,
for them to obey and so gather themselves together.
At the first call of the will,
they come back more and more quickly.
At last, after countless exercises of this kind,
God disposes them to a state of utter rest
and of perfect contemplation."
-Teresa of Avila
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