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Three Video Clips: Speaking of Mysticism in Portland, OR

by Carl McColman

Here are three brief excerpts from a talk I gave in Portland, OR, in October 2010 on the topic of Christian mysticism. They were filmed and produced by Cathy Zheutlin of Holy Rascals — a media company that produces videos and webinars for the spiritually adventurous. In the first one, I tell an amusing story […]

Plunging Thought Into Light

by Carl McColman

The Philokalia is an extensive anthology of writings on prayer by Eastern Orthodox contemplatives. The anthology was first compiled in the 18th century, and a number of editions have been published over the years, in Greek, Russian, and other languages; currently a four volume set is available in English (which does not include the entire anthology; […]

Seven Books on Christianity and Nondualism

by Carl McColman

My friend Ellen recently asked me on Facebook to define nondualism for her. I referred her to a post I wrote on the subject last summer called Nonduality in the Bible… and Us. Not much to add to that post, but I though I’d offer a short list of books that explore nonduality within a […]

A shout out to Evelyn Underhill and her wonderful book

by Carl McColman

Over the next few weeks or so I’ll be posting four new videos on Youtube. One will be an “about me” video, one in which I talk about my three most recent books, one in which I talk about an idea I first presented at the Patheos website on “compass points for the spiritual life,” […]


by Carl McColman
Teilhard de Chardin

Purity does not lie in separation from but in deeper penetration into the universe. — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I stumbled across this quote from Teilhard while reading an essay by Annie Dillard called “Flying in the Middle of Art.” She doesn’t provide the original source, and I googled it and couldn’t find it that […]

The Rare Handful? (Jean Leclercq’s Definition of Mystical Experience)

by Carl McColman

In the Classics of Western Spirituality edition of the Selected Works of Bernard of Clairvaux, Benedictine scholar Jean Leclercq, OSB offers the follow definition of “mystical experience”: …those rare occasions when a handful of Christians may enjoy sublime states of prayer and union with God. What do you think? I have problems with the idea […]