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.