Be still and know that i am god.
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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.
Whether Eastern or Western, religious or secular, spiritual teachers often try to capture or articulate the state of spiritual maturity in language to provide a guiding light for others still struggling with their own particular forms of suffering.
As we start learning our Christian Mystical tradition, it can feel very fragmented. Timelines and figures jumble together and it can be tough to pull the threads apart and get a sense of the whole.
The book traces the Jungian idea of the archetype as manifested in different Christian saints and mystics over the centuries with exercises for personal reflection and transformation. Each chapter provides a brief overview of the particular figure and archetype, such as Catholic social worker and activist Dorothy Day as The Orphan, Mary as The Mother, and St. Francis as The Fool.
At a family dinner some years ago, I made passing reference to Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation. My brother, a pragmatic businessman, quietly repeated the word “contemplation” to himself. Then he shook his head.
After some amount of contemplative practice, and maybe even a deeper awakening experience, we tend to notice how much of our energy is handed over to thoughts, to mind-stuff. After a while, we notice all of it, everything outside of the pure silence is mind stuff, thought forms of one level of another.
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Amos smith talks with Clint about his new book, Be Still And Listen. You can pre-order Dr. Smith's new book here.
This interview is with musician Trevor Oswalt, whose music and band, East Forest has done a feature with Ted Talks, musical collaboration with Deepak Chopra, and live performances all over the world, often at sacred ceremonies.
Daniel Coleman talks about his work in process theology, his own journey of faith and trial, and his book, Presence And Process.