Mysticism (etc.) on LibriVox

I have just learned of a wonderful website called LibriVox where volunteers are recording free MP3 audiobooks of texts in the public domain. Someone is currently recording Julian of Norwich (it's a guy, alas; I hope a woman will record it at some point in the future) and two of Evelyn Underhill's books are available in MP3 format as well: Mysticism and The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-Day. I haven't searched any further to see what other treasures are currently available (the Underhill … [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis on Mysticism

I haven't (yet) read C.S. Lewis' final book, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. But after reading this blog post on Lewis' perspective on mysticism, that book (or at least a part of it) has soared to near the top of my to-read list. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

God never grants mystical wisdom without love. — St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul … [Read more...]

Bet you didn’t see this one on the GRE…

Please fill in the blank:Contemplative is to mystic as __________________ is to shaman.Any takers? … [Read more...]

Jesus sure knows how to work a Crowder

Mike Morrell has posted a series on his blog featuring the bad boy of the charismatic world, John Crowder, who's stumping for drinking deep of God's serotonin, and opening your heart to truly find ecstatic joy and delirious fun in your encounter with your creator. Mike is a good foil for John, asking some hard questions, some fun questions, and generally teasing out a fascinating view of contemporary Christian experience that you're not likely to find at your neighborhood Episcopal Church.Here … [Read more...]

Mystical Order of the White Rose

An interview of me appears in the current issue of the Mystical Order of the White Rose Newsletter. This is the first interview I've done in almost two years, and I think Cynthia Kiteley Lee had done a fine job capturing some of the ideas that are buzzing around in my head these days. You can read it here.At the bottom of the interview is a link to a PDF file containing thirty excerpts from The Aspiring Mystic, arranged as a daily devotion. Download the PDF here. … [Read more...]

Theology and Mysticism

Once upon a time, there was no difference between theology and mysticism, just like there was no difference between philosophy and science. Science ("natural philosophy") was an integral part of the quest for wisdom, just as mysticism ("ascetical theology") was an integral part of the quest for wisdom of God.Ken Wilber talks about how it was a good thing for humankind to reach the point where we were able to differentiate between "external" forms of wisdom (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) … [Read more...]