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A Drop of Water is Not the Ocean (Understanding Mystical Union and Nonduality)

Borrowing a concept from eastern spirituality, in a Christian sense nonduality is the recognition that a profound spiritual unity exists between God and God’s creation, even though there is also a recognized distinction between Creator and creature. That may seem contradictory, although it’s more properly seen as paradoxical.

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What is the Best Method for Silent Prayer?

What advice would you have for someone who who wants to reboot their contemplative prayer practice? I flit between the Jesus Prayer and Centering Prayer.  I find Centering Prayer “easier” but I find The Jesus Prayer grounds me in Christ. 

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“For Darkness is as Light to You” — Why Mysticism Isn’t Afraid of the Dark

So if the Bible rather consistently offers this image of light representing good and dark representing evil, why then do we find writings in the literature of mysticism with titles like The Dark Night of the Soul (St. John of the Cross), The Darkness of God (Denys Turner), and A Dazzling Darkness (an anthology of mystical wisdom)?

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How Much Daily Silent Prayer Do We Need?

My advice is, make sure at least some of your prayer  is prayed in silence. So I’m suggesting that, even though there are many different ways to pray, each of us can benefit from cultivating silence into our prayer lives, hopefully on a daily basis.

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Spiritual But Not Religious: A Mystical Approach

“I’m spiritual but not religious.” It’s an increasingly common way for people to identify their relationship to spirituality (as a system for personal growth) and religion (as an institution that requires membership, conformity, and submission).

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Video: What is Mysticism — and What Does it Mean for Christians?

In the summer of 2015 I filmed a series of videos before a small audience where I explored several themes, such as mysticism, silence, and monasticism.
Here is the “mysticism” segment.

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Just What is Mysticism Anyway? And Why Should Anyone Care?

I often get asked, “What is mysticism?” In other words, how can we define this word?

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Howard Thurman: With Head and Heart

So in reading Howard Thurman’s autobiography, I expected to bask in his deeply authentic humility, his compassionate heart, and his keen sense of God’s presence, justice and mercy. But what truly blew me away about the autobiography was the evidence of just how deep a mystic he was — and the continual delight of enjoying his rhetorical skill as a writer.

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The Characteristics of a Mystic

I know two elderly monks at the local monastery near where I live, both of whom have reputations as “real mystics.” Indeed, I would agree with this assessment — they both strike me as genuine contemplatives, true living mystics. But they are very different from one another in some key ways.

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Why Do So Many Christians (and Christian Churches) Reject Esotericism and Occultism?

The following question arrived in my email inbox the other day… Why is there such a condemnation in the Christian churches for esotericism/occultism? I have my entire adult life ( …

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Some Podcasts You Might Enjoy

Over the past few months I have had the good fortune to be the guest on a few podcasts. Perhaps you might enjoy listening to them. If so, check the …

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Advance Praise for Eternal Heart

Friends, I am so happy to report that my forthcoming book, Eternal Heart, has now made it through the editing and proofreading process and the publisher is preparing it for …

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Many Paths, One Way: Balancing Religious Commitment with Spiritual Diversity

A reader, who chooses to remain anonymous, posed the following question: “a world shaped by peace and harmony among the people of all positive paths.” Are they all the way …

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Get a Centering Prayer “Affirmations” Bookmark

Friends, as you can see from this photo, I have a new bookmark and I’d love to send a couple of them to you. While one side of the bookmark …

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Online Retreat: Praying with Julian of Norwich (May 14-15, 2021)

Julian of Norwich was a 14th century mystic and author who, even in her own lifetime, was renowned as a visionary and spiritual director. She was the first woman to …

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Online Day of Reflection for Patrons: Julian of Norwich (May 8, 2021)

Four times a year I offer an online Quiet Day/Day of Reflection for the generous patrons who support the Anamchara website/blog/knowledge base through Patreon. The next such quiet day will …

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James Martin: Learning to Pray

“Everyone can pray” is the hopeful and helpful opening message of Learning to Pray, the new book from bestselling Jesuit author James Martin. But he knows that many people don’t …

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A Dream About A High School Library and Standing Up For What’s Right

Last night, I had the following dream. I woke up and wrote the dream down, and here is the unedited transcript of what I wrote: Dream 1/31/21-2/1/21 I was back …

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