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James Finley

Student of Thomas Merton and clinical psychologist, Dr. James Finley teaches how connecting to our Divine indwelling can transcend fear and shame and awaken to our True Self. A faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, he is the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere and The Contemplative Heart, and the host of CAC’s podcast Turning to the Mystics.

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Use offer code DISC75 to get 75% off all DVDs and CDs. Explore some of James Finley’s most profound audio and video teachings on the mystics, meditation, and more! 

Daily Meditations

A Contemplative Heart: Weekly Summary

A Contemplative Heart: Weekly Summary

SundayLearning to dance the cosmic dance—this is why we are here on this earth, living the life we are living. At least this is one way of expressing the heart’s conviction…


Dialogue 1: The Soul Came to Love

Dialogue 1: The Soul Came to Love

This is the first dialogue session that focuses on the Beguine mystic, Mechtild of Magdeburg. James Finley and Kirsten Oates talk about the first session which focused on passages…

CAC Publishing

CAC Publishing

Free Audio Teachings

Drawing on his experience as a clinical psychologist and his knowledge of the Christian mystics, James outlines seven steps that intentionally invite spirituality into the healing encounter in these free audio recordings.

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A Story From Jim

My father was a violent alcoholic. Through my mother, a devout Catholic, I kept myself tethered to the presence of God. Sometimes, when having to endure the worst, yet finding God in the darkest place, you are liberated from the tyranny of shame over your heart. Where anguish and ecstasy intersect, it becomes incandescent—it becomes oneness.

“At the deepest level, it does not really matter where you seek this path because it is everywhere”

– Dr. James FInley

Daily Meditations

Wisdom from James Finley

Read Daily Meditations inspired by the words of James Finley.

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