The Nondual Writers of Footnote #45

A reader of this blog writes to me:Hi Carl.  I was reading Richard Rohr's The Naked Now and in one of the footnotes he lists a number of "non-dualistic" writers he thinks are worthwhile.  Some of the names I know, others I'm not familiar with.  For instance: Bede Griffiths, Bruno Barnhart, Laurence Freeman, Ruth Barrows, Bernadette Roberts, Eckhart Tolle, Jean-Yves Leloup, Sebastian Painadath, Hugo Enomiya-Lasalle, and Ken Wilbur (I've heard of him, just haven't read anything by him).  Who on t … [Read more...]

Practical Discipline

There was a sense of freedom in knowing that I would never run out of room to grow. There was peace in knowing the race was over. Where I was right now was just where I should be, given the amount of effort I had expended. I saw the wake behind my boat for the first time, and I realized I was moving ahead, and pretty quickly, as a matter of fact. But the most important truth revealed to me in that moment was this: My real joy was found in my ability to learn to experience my growth, moment by … [Read more...]

Insight from a Deep Well

Mystical spirituality is concerned with one basic question: how can we truly know God? One way of knowing involves learning information about God; it is doctrinal. Another way of knowing leads to union with God; it is mystical. Mystical writing often seems impenetrable and incomprehensible, eluding precise definition, as if it were an unknown and unknowable foreign language. Mystics relish paradox, speak in abstractions and metaphors, and love mystery. They tell us that knowing God is intuitive … [Read more...]

The Spirit of George and Jack

This past weekend I led a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit called "The Spirituality of George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis." Following Lewis's longstanding nickname, I affectionately referred to our topic as "The Spirit of George and Jack."Weekend retreats at the monastery typically include five conferences: one Friday evening, three on Saturday, and on one Sunday. Friday evening I gave a brief introduction to George MacDonald, generally regarded as the father of modern fantasy and … [Read more...]

Contemplative Decluttering

Once you face your belongings, confront your fears, unclutter your space, and discover your personal desires and truths, you will have more energy, feel more inspired, access more creativity and find refuge, renewal and splendor within your own four walls.— Xorin Balbes, SoulSpace: Transform Your Home, Transform Your LifeEvelyn Underhill suggested that artists, with their devotion to beauty, are naturally kin to mystics with their devotion to God. With this principle in mind, I find Xorin B … [Read more...]

Julian of Norwich In Her Own Voice

So today is May 13 — the other possible anniversary date for Julian of Norwich's showings (the first being May 8). So to commemorate this day, I thought I would highlight editions of Julian's writings that feature her text based on the old handwritten manuscripts we have of her writing — in other words, Julian in Middle English.There are several editions of Julian in Middle English available. The first one I ever owned was the Colledge & Walsh edition, published by the Pontifical Ins … [Read more...]

Answering the Contemplative Call

Answering the Contemplative CallI am pleased to announce that my forthcoming book, Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path, has been entered into the Amazon.com database. The book will not be released until January 2013, but you can pre-order your copy by clicking here. Eventually the book will also be available on Kindle and Nook, but if you like a good old fashioned paper-and-ink book, you can pre-order this title now.Here's a bit of information about the … [Read more...]


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