Like many of us in college I was trying to find my tribe. So many of the writers and professors I was most drawn to seemed to have one thing in common. They would quote and reference the Christian mystics. It seemed like a mark of wisdom. Why were all the wisest people I knew interested in many of the same figures? I'd pick up quotes here and there and scribble them into a notebook, but I really had no idea who these figures were beyond a superficial understanding and how their lives and teachings fit together.
When I went to seminary the mystics still called to me. I took whatever classes and projects I could to immerse myself in their lives and teachings. Years later, after becoming a long-time contemplative practitioner and experiencing some of the transformation they describe, I came back to these teachings with fresh eyes, and decided I'd pass along what I had learned from these greatest of Christian spiritual teachers and some simple ways to hold these complex threads together.
If you could travel through time and learn directly from the great Christian mystics like Dionysius the Areopagite, Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, or even modern mystics like Evelyn Underhill, how would it deepen your spirituality or practice?
Are you or those you serve being called to the same kind of awakening?
What knowledge did these figures obtain and why did it radically change not only their own lives, but their whole world?
Most of us get bits and pieces of figures like Julian of Norwich and John of the Cross, but what makes each of these figures unique? What are the threads that connect them? How did they respond to the challenges of their own time and place?
What can we learn from their inspiring examples as towering figures of spirituality? What makes them great?
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Julian of Norwich
Catherine of Siena
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Teresa of Avila
John of the Cross
Therese of Lisieux
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PS If now is not the right time for you, we get it. This is a pretty daunting subject weaving together a ton of reading and research collected over several years, but not everybody is at the place where they wan that broad sweeping overview. Our purpose at Contemplative Light is to provide contemplatives, clergy, spiritual directors, and healers with resources for their spiritual journey and for those they serve. If you're interested in our FREE introductory mini-course, take a look here. If you have a suggestion for a course or resource you need, let us know at email@example.com. If you're interested in a particular mystic or ongoing conversations about contemplation and mysticism in general, subscribe to our podcast here.
Marc is an award-winning instructor and author focusing on the contemplative path as a means of inner transformation. He has been a Centering Prayer Practitioner for over a decade and is a presenter-in-training with Contemplative Outreach. He is also the author of the forthcoming book Dante's Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul, based loosely on Dante’s Divine Comedy, drawing on poetry and music for transformational exercises. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a member of the Tau Community of Interfaith Franciscans, and a founding member of http://www.contemplativelight.com. Read more at www.marcthomasshaw.com.