Moses and John

Gregory of Nyssa, writing about the life of Moses as an allegory for the mystical life, says "Moses vision of God began with light; afterwards God to him in a cloud. But when Moses rose higher and became more perfect, he saw God in the darkness." (from the Commentary on the Song of Songs).But compare this to the prologue of the Gospel according to John: "In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came … [Read more...]

The World Clock

Here is a sobering website: The World Clock documents a number of rapidly growing figures, including population growth, consumption of fossil fuels, military expenditures, abortions, and number of species to have gone extinct, all since the beginning of 2008. It's a sobering, frightening picture.The World Clock … [Read more...]

Questions of Balance

A woman named Rajie who has just read The Aspiring Mystic emailed me with these questions: I've prayed to god and the universe to help me find a mentor, teacher, friend, group, community...really anything...and although some opportunites have arisen, they just didn't feel right. Any suggestions? I really don't wanna go at this alone, I have so many questions and just really would love to bounce different ideas and thoughts off of another mind.How does one maintain/find a balance between … [Read more...]

Straitjacket Needed in Assisi

They say there's a fine line between genius and insanity. Now Becky Garrison of the Wittenburg Door reveals that an even finer line exists between mysticism and psychosis...St. Francis' Psychiatric Evaluation … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

We are personally convinced that a 'Christian non-dualism', to borrow Vladimir Lossky's expression... is not to be dismissed on the basis of the Faith,... nowhere does Scripture make the slightest allusion to anything of this kind, at least explicitly, but is this sufficient reason to discard it? Scripture does not say everything and, moreover, does not need to. It teaches us only what is necessary for our salvation. — A Monk of the West, Christianity and the Doctrine of Non-Dualism (Hillsdale, N … [Read more...]

Two Monks

Last week I had two brief conversations with two different monks. One told me that, based on his years of contemplation, the entire point of the Christian life is communion with the Holy Trinity, God as three persons. The other monk told me his experience of God was impersonalist.On the surface, it is so tempting to try to dissect or deconstruct what both of these guys are up to. Whose experience is more valid, more authentic, more nuanced, better interpreted, more orthodox, more (dare I say … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Speak only when your words are an improvement on silence. — Quaker proverb … [Read more...]