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...]

Mystical Books on Amazon.com

Okay, so here's the kind of thing I do when I have too much time on my hands. This morning I created a book list on Amazon.com, featuring my forthcoming book (yes, of course, this is all about marketing) but also 39 other, far more worthy titles on the subjects of Christian mysticism and contemplative spirituality (like the just-released Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart, pictured to the right). If you are looking to fortify your library of books on this wonderful topic, then follow … [Read more...]

Breaking the Mystical Thermometer

A reader named Judy comments on my Teresa of Ávila page thusly: ... as to the stages of mysticism, the less I know the better. I do not want that craving of evaluating or one could say taking their spiritual temperature ever again. That sneaky ego always popping up saying "well done". I am terrified of taking pride in what is "all God" and his work in me. I know myself and how quickly I can slide right down the chute, having done it several times. As for being "terrified" of pride, I'd like to … [Read more...]


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