This was taken from "Mysticism : a Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness" by Evelyn Underhill. It was originally published in 1911.

She says that contemplation "is a mental attitude under which all things give up to us the secret of their life."

Here is her process

Seen thus, a thistle has celestial qualities : a speckled hen a touch of the sublime.
Life has spoken to life, but not to the surface-intelligence. That surface-intelligence knows only that the meaning was true and beautiful : no more.


Don't be too surprised if this opens up psychic phenomena.