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To my knowledge, an Integral and Unitive exposition of St. John of The Cross's poem, The Dark Night of The Soul has never been done. The last five stanzas were never explained by St. John. I offer it here, using the perspectives of Evelyn Underhill and Ken Wilber, and living it as a write it.
Integral Map/Quadrant for understanding different types of Integral thinkers.
Dark Night of the Soul serves as a difficult but masterpiece example of refined Christian Mysticism. The good passages are many. For this entry, I will use one in particular to discuss contemplative transformation:
From Across The Internet: Spirituality, Religion, and Meditation
Clint talks with Chris Luard about various meditation techniques, mindfulness, and the meditation instructions and practices that Chris uses with his own students.
In this episode, we discuss shame, moralism, difficulties adjusting to religious models and dualistic worldviews. We offer open and vulnerable experiences from our own lives. This is a good episode to listen to for those who enjoy personal sharing and opening up.
The first episode of our newly revitalized and renamed podcast
According to Leonard, the demographic of people who like his songs could be called "the broken-hearted." This is about a classic song of brokenness.
It had been over three years since I left the monastery. To avoid the holiday frenzy that carries with it an all-infecting germ of anxiety, I decided to return to the monastery to visit and spend Christmas in silence. Stepping through the doors, it was indeed the power of Sacred Silence that wrapped around me, enveloping me again in Infinite Safety.
Of all the profound and sacred dirges of Leonard Cohen's song catalog, "Undertow," from the album Dear Heather, has been overlooked more than most. It has, at times, assured me that emotional valleys - particularly my own unexpected ones - are actually the most beautiful blessings of life.
Introduction to Ken Wilber, Integral Theory, and Stages of Mysticism.
Praise to the emptiness that blanks out existence. Existence:
This place made from our love for that emptiness!
Yet somehow comes emptiness,
this existence goes.
Suffering, the flame of Spirit, the one and the many, dissolution, union. The poem for this episode of the Rumi Hour is In The Center Of The Fire.