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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.

What’s New

James Finley Contributes to New Book

In his introduction to Mirabai Starr’s new book, Saint John of the Cross: Luminous Darkness, James Finley writes, “Mirabai has woven the poems together…to help us understand how…our lives are so mysteriously interconnected and sustained in God’s love.”

Essential Listening
Healing Trauma with James Finley

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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