Be still and know that i am god.
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One of the most well-known and celebrated mystics from the Christian tradition is teacher and preacher Eckhart von Hochheim or Meister Eckhart. He had a wide and varied career, taught some controversial principles, and became touchstone for interreligious dialogue in the 20th century, especially given some of his Neoplatonist teachings.
Six passages from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism.
In the 15th century a German wrote eloquently in the Dionysian tradition of the Face beyond the face. Today we articulate this in terms of the false self and the true self, but Nicolas of Cusa had a way of articulating aspects of the mystical life in moving and lyrical passages.
One of the leading figures today on the topic of contemplation and Christian mysticism is teacher and author James Finley. He has an easy way of articulating some of these paradoxical truths and ethereal notions we encounter on the contemplative path.
For some reason, I’ve always been interested in sources of inspiration and creativity – the guy behind the guy in a sense. So if someone is an influential musician, say, I want to know who had influenced them. In college I dug into some of the inspirations for artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, going back into the catalogue of early 20th century masters like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, and so on. I wanted to hear that originating source.
So, it was a relief to meet Paul Smith. His life and work are an authentic testimony to the fact that one can come into an abiding sense of divine union in this lifetime.
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Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression.
A candid interview with therapist Michael Hoffner. Michael has a new book coming out this fall called, God's Presence in the Present: Contemplative Prayer and the Healing Process.