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Mystics and Non-Dual Thinkers: Week 1 Summary

July 18, 2015
Mystics and Non-Dual Thinkers: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, July 12-Saturday, July 18, 2015 A mystic is one who has moved from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience. (Sunday) “We awaken in Christ’s body, / as Christ awakens our bodies.” –Symeon the New Theologian (Monday) “This gift is from God and not of man's...
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July 17, 2015
Mystics and Non-Dual Thinkers: Week 1 Rumi Friday, July 17, 2015 (Ramadan ends at sunset) Jalaludin Rumi (1207-1273) was a Persian Sufi or mystic, a scholar, theologian, and poet. He is the most translated poet in the world. Rumi inherited a position from his father as head of a dervish learning community in Turkey. Coleman Barks, who has translated a...
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Meister Eckhart, Part II

July 16, 2015
Mystics and Non-Dual Thinkers: Week 1 Meister Eckhart, Part II Thursday, July 16, 2015 Meister Eckhart illustrates the height of western non-dualism. This is why he is largely impossible to understand with our usual dualistic mind. When Eckhart says, “I pray God to rid me of God,” our logical mind would see this as nonsense! It takes unitive...
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Non-Dual Thinking: Weekly Summary

July 4, 2015
Non-Dual Thinking Summary: Sunday, June 18-Friday, July 3, 2015 If there is indeed one God of all the earth, then it is this one God who is breaking through in every age and culture. (Sunday) Non-dual thinking grows almost unconsciously over many years of conflict, confusion, healing, broadening, loving, and forgiving reality. (Monday) Alternative...
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July 1, 2015
Non-Dual Thinking Presence Wednesday, July 1, 2015 The contemplative, non-dualistic mind withholds from labeling things or categorizing them too quickly (i.e., judging), so it can come to see them in themselves, apart from the words or concepts that become their substitutes. Humans tend to think that because they agree or disagree with the idea of a...
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Letting Go

June 30, 2015
Non-Dual Thinking Letting Go Tuesday, June 30, 2015 I often use the term “alternative orthodoxy,” a phrase I learned from my Franciscan tradition, having to do with emphasis upon lifestyle itself more than mere verbal correctness. Francis wanted us to do the Gospel, to live lives that were simple, loving, joyful, and non-violent. But I believe that...
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A Different Consciousness

June 28, 2015
Non-Dual Thinking A Different Consciousness Sunday, June 28, 2015 Now we are moving into the next major section of my lineage: non-dual thinkers of all religions. All the great religions at the higher or more mature levels teach a different consciousness, which we call the contemplative mind, the non-dual mind, or the mind of Christ. The levels of...
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Shared Knowing

June 22, 2015
The Franciscan Way Shared Knowing Monday, June 22, 2015 I believe that both Francis and Clare knew and loved from a different source; they knew and loved by participation in a Larger Knowing and Loving that many of us call God. Or, as Paul says, “They knew as fully as they were known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Francis and Clare were “known...
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Nothing Is Excluded

June 17, 2015
The Franciscan Genius: Integration of the Negative Nothing Is Excluded Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Francis of Assisi, like Jesus, refused to exclude things from the garden of grace; there is no exclusionary instinct in either of them—except toward exclusion itself! This is at the heart of the Gospel and Franciscan spirituality. Francis had a genius for...
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Learning to See: Everything Is Holy: Weekly Summary

May 30, 2015
Learning to See: Everything Is Holy Summary: Sunday, May 24-Friday, May 29, 2015 In Franciscan (and true Christian) mysticism, there is no distinction between sacred and profane. All of the world is sacred for those who know how to see. (Sunday) Bonaventure’s vision is positive, mystic, cosmic, intimately relational, and largely concerned with...
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