the christian mystical path

My First Mystical Experience

My First Mystical Experience

It was an autumn afternoon at Vassar College. I had stayed up the previous night writing a paper. I turned the paper in at an office across campus and began walking back to my dorm room, eager to rest. Soon, it would be nightfall. The cold wind blew across my face. Leaves fell along my path. Gothic architecture merged into the shadows. Tombstones in the nearby cemetery reflected the last vestiges of sunlight.

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:

The Jesus Prayer And Integral Christianity

The Jesus Prayer And Integral Christianity

The Jesus Prayer has long served mystics as a one-ticket route to Divine Union on The Christian Mystical Path.  However, the territory one travels in consistent, disciplined use of the prayer can seem vague and nebulous at times, even when God's brilliant Light is shining the fiercest.  It helps my own journey tremendously to make use of the hidden maps and patterns that Ken Wilber, Carl Jung, and other great minds have described for us in their work.