Evening at Emory: Introduction to World Mysticism!

Register now for INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MYSTICISM This spring through Evening at Emory! Madonna is studying the Kabbalah. The Shack is a runaway bestseller. Seven hundred years after he died, everyone's reading Rumi. Yoga, Buddhism and other eastern practices are more popular among Americans than ever. So what gives? At the heart of all these cultural trends is mysticism, a vague word that can be translated as "the spiritual principle at the heart of religion." Many people believe mysticism … [Read more...]

The Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup… Off and Running

 Last night was the inaugural meeting of the rebooted Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup.Alas, I forgot to take my camera, so I have no incriminating images to share with you. But I can tell you about it: we had eleven people show up, seven of whom I had never met in person before (although a few of those I knew from online). The participants seemed to represent a variety of church affiliations (or, non-affiliation), ages, and perspectives on mysticism. We structured the meetup around … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

As Einstein conceives of space curved round the sun we, borrowing his symbolism for a moment, may perhaps think of the world of Spirit as curved round the human soul; shaped to our finite understanding, and therefore presenting to us innumerable angles of approach. This means that God can and must be sought only within and through our human experience. "Where," says Jacob Boehme, "will you seek for God? Seek Him in your soul, which has proceeded out of the Eternal Nature, the living fountain of … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

God does not dwell in a heart that’s confined, and a heart is only as big as the love it holds: in the great heart of Poverty God has room to dwell. — Jacopone da Todi, quoted in An Anthology of Christian Mysticism edited by Harvey D. Egan. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Men have not become Trappists merely out of a hope for peace in the next world: something has told them, with unshakable conviction, that the next world begins in this world and that heaven can be theirs now, very truly, even though imperfectly, if they give their lives to the one activity which is the beatitude of heaven. That activity is love: the clean, unselfish love that does not live on what it gets but on what it gives; a love that increases by pouring itself out for others, that grows by … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Only in love can I find You, my God. In love the gates of my soul spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. In love my whole being streams forth out of the rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion, which makes me a prisoner of my own poverty and emptiness. In love all the powers of my soul flow out toward You, wanting never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in You, since by Your love You are the inmost center of my … [Read more...]

Concerning Spiritual Noise, (Lack of) Inner Silence, and Singlemindedness

AM writes: I find most of your posts on the contemplative life too congested with many labels and categories - mystics and non-mystics, oppositional thinking and non-oppositional thinking, Christian mysticism and ordinary Christian spirituality, Protestant mystics and Catholic mystics, mysticism and contemplation, etc. This appears to me not only an intellectual congestion but also a spiritual noise, a portrayal of a lack of inner silence. Somehow, I visit your blog ... to be nourished … [Read more...]


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