A reader of my blog has written to me to ask for advice on reading the mystics. He notes, “they embrace very traditional theology that is awkward for me in the 21st century.” Indeed. There is no one single “Christian mystical theology.” I would be suspicious of anyone who tries to distill the teachings of [...]
Tag Archives | Ken Wilber
You might stare for hours at a sunset, and suddenly disappear into the World Soul, and feel yourself at one with all nature. This is well and good. But nature is not the source of this intuition. Worms and rats and foxes and weasels do not stare for hours at the sunset, and marvel at [...]
Registration is now open for the class I’ll be teaching on the philosophy and spirituality of Ken Wilber, through Emory University’s Center for Lifelong Learning here in Atlanta, starting on Thursday, July 21. To register, click here. Here’s the write-up on the class, from the Evening at Emory website: A Brief History of Everything: An [...]
Happy first day of spring, happy feast day of St. Benedict, and happy birthday to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit — today is the 67th anniversary of the monastery’s founding! A reminder to everyone who lives in the Atlanta area — I have two classes coming up through the Emory University Center for Lifelong [...]
Happy New Year, everyone. May this be a year of good and beautiful dreams come true. The other night at a Christmas party I had an interesting conversation with my friend Joe and a couple of young men who are students at the Art Institute of Chicago. We spoke about the relationship between art and [...]
A reader writes: Hi Carl, I have gathered that Christian mystics distinguish between ‘natural mysticism’ and what they see as the genuine article. However I am unclear on the difference. In addition I wonder how this critique maps onto mysticism in other traditions – does it amount to anything more than faith or belief in [...]
Yesterday I made the following off-the-cuff remark in a comment to my post Theosis and Kenosis: It’s less about knowing who we are (that’s the error of gnosticism) and more about simply a way of being, a way of doing life. And in reply, a reader named Tomasis left a simple frowning (sad) emoticon: [...]
Books by Carl McColman
- Communion and the Broken Body September 13, 2009
- Of Death, Dementia, and Dear Old Friends November 11, 2010
- Wasting Time with God May 11, 2010
- Of Atheists and Apophatics… November 26, 2010
- Concerning Spiritual Noise, (Lack of) Inner Silence, and Singlemindedness October 25, 2010
- Benedictine Spirituality and the Community of Hope April 24, 2013
- Does God = Consciousness? April 12, 2013
- Carmelite Review reviews “Answering the Contemplative Call” April 11, 2013
- Concerning Stillness, Songs, and Soul Friends March 26, 2013
- Simplicity and Silence March 22, 2013
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