courses in christian mysticism

A Deeper Look At The Power Of The Jesus Prayer And Christian Mysticism

A Deeper Look At The Power Of The Jesus Prayer And Christian Mysticism

It's only natural in a society that relies primarily on "evidence-based research" to doubt all things supernatural. A generalized acceptance of God's existence and the teachings of the church may reside one's conscious thoughts, but we usually don't walk around day-to-day expecting the miraculous.  So when it does happen, it can be quite a shock.  Even startling.  And this prayer works miracles.

The Apophatic Mysticism Of Meister Eckhart

The Apophatic Mysticism Of Meister Eckhart

The Rhineland medieval mystic Meister Eckhart emphasized detachment.  It was, he thought, a virtue even greater than love.  Whereas love may actively carry the seeker towards God, detachment forces God to come to the seeker.   Whatever the exact nature of God is, it lies beyond the confines of this mortal coil, the world of sin and impermanence.  By detaching from all things not "of God," all of the things "of the world," one is left only with the substance of God.    

Can Words Poison Us? A quick chat with Rumi and Merton.

Can Words Poison Us? A quick chat with Rumi and Merton.

Thomas Merton, a poet himself, wrestled with that task of honoring both words and silence, framing subjectivity inside an objective religion.  He seems to think checking one's ego is a healthy and essential part of the purification process. He writes  in New Seeds Of Contemplation about hermits: