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To a certain type of mind, the veritable practice of the Presence of God is not the intimate and adorable companionship of the personal Comrade or the Inward Light, but the awestruck contemplation of the Absolute, the "naked Godhead," source and origin of all that Is. It is an ascent to the supernal plane of perception, where "the simple, absolute and unchangeable mysteries of heavenly Truth  lie hidden in the dazzling obscurity of the secret Silence, outshining all brilliance with the intensity … [Read more...]

Divine Light

Divine Light: The Theology of Denys the Areopagite By William Riordan San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanTo fully grasp the beauty and complexity (and some would say, the challenge) of Christian mysticism, sooner or later you will contend with the elusive sixth-century figure known variously as Denys, Dionysius, or Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite. We don't know his real name. In his own writings, he passes himself off as a figure briefly mentioned in the New Testament … [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...]

The Pope and Pseudo-Dionysius

Two weeks ago Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the ancient mystic, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, whom the pope regards as a potentially important voice in east-west dialogue. It's exciting to see a major apophatic mystic get mentioned in the press, thanks to a papal endorsement.Read an English translation of the pope's talk on Pseudo-Dionysius … [Read more...]

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

When I was studying the cosmology of Wicca, one of the most fascinating concepts to me was that of the egregore, or "group mind." When a group of people gathered for a common purpose, particularly if it were spiritual in nature, their collective psychic energy would begin to coalesce into an organic form of transpersonal consciousness that would remain silently present in the midst of the group's activity. The egregore would be located in a particular place, typically where the group gathered … [Read more...]


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