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Tag Archives: Experience

Trusting Our Inner Authority

Spiritual Direction Trusting Our Inner Authority Friday, June 25, 2021 The two wheels of Scripture and Tradition can be seen as sources of outer authority, while our personal experience leads to our inner authority. I am convinced we need and can have both. Only when inner and outer authority come together do we have true spiritual wisdom. Christianity… Continue Reading Trusting Our Inner Authority

The Mystics as Directors

Spiritual Direction The Mystics as Directors Thursday, June 24, 2021 In addition to his work as a therapist, my friend James Finley has served as a spiritual director for decades. While spiritual direction most often involves one-on-one conversations between two living persons, Jim shows us how reading the words of the mystics can be a… Continue Reading The Mystics as Directors

Jesus as Spiritual Director

Spiritual Direction Jesus as Spiritual Director Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Every culture and religious tradition have some method of passing on spiritual wisdom and for helping individuals to discover their own. The Christian tradition of spiritual direction can find its origin in Jesus’ own way of relating to his disciples and the many who sought… Continue Reading Jesus as Spiritual Director

The Importance of Experience

Spiritual Direction The Importance of Experience Sunday, June 20, 2021 No matter the religion or denomination in which we are raised, our spirituality still comes through the first filter of our own life experience. We must begin to be honest about this instead of pretending that any of us are formed exclusively by the Scriptures… Continue Reading The Importance of Experience

The Flow of Love

An Expanding Love The Flow of Love Monday, March 15, 2021 Love, which might be called the attraction of all things toward all things, is a universal language and underlying energy that keeps showing itself despite our best efforts to resist it. It is so simple that it is hard to teach in words, yet… Continue Reading The Flow of Love

Learning the Wisdom of Jesus

Wisdom Learning the Wisdom of Jesus Monday, February 22, 2021 Although we cannot be a part of Jesus’ original “seminary of life” as the disciples were, contemplative theologian Beatrice Bruteau (1930‒2014) proposes that we can learn the wisdom of Jesus by drawing closer to him, eventually coming to live out of the same consciousness he… Continue Reading Learning the Wisdom of Jesus

Unveiling Christianity

A Time of Unveiling Unveiling Christianity Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Another way to look at “unveiling” is as a sort of “recognition event,” where something we thought we knew reveals itself to be radically different than our long-held assumptions. Our friend and CAC teacher Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault explores how this is a gospel phenomenon, one that takes… Continue Reading Unveiling Christianity

The Prayer of Unveiling

A Time of Unveiling The Prayer of Unveiling Monday, January 4, 2021 For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. —1 Corinthians 13:12 When we celebrate the beginning of a new year, we celebrate… Continue Reading The Prayer of Unveiling

The Symbols of Christmas

Incarnation The Symbols of Christmas Thursday, December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve People often use the word “magical” to describe their Christmas memories from childhood. I hope that was your experience. I have to confess that I am fortunate enough to have some rather “mystical” Christmas memories, too. Two of my earliest God-experiences took place around… Continue Reading The Symbols of Christmas

Spark of the Divine

The Rhineland Mystics Spark of the Divine Friday, August 7, 2020 Matthew Fox has studied, written, and taught on theology and the mystics for decades. In one of his books on Meister Eckhart, Fox writes: In the soul, Eckhart maintains, there is “something like a spark of divine nature, a divine light, a ray, an… Continue Reading Spark of the Divine

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