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  • The Contemplative Way: John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul
    Meditation Group Jim s Newsletter About Jim Finley Contact Us Subscribe Links Saint John of the Cross Passing through the dark night into God A retreat devoted to exploring the teachings of the 16th century Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross An emphasis will be given to how John of the Cross helps us as beginners to pass through the purifying process of the dark night of the soul in which we come to a profound experience of God s presence in our lives Closely following the Saint s Ascent of Mount Carmel and The Dark Night we will see how the dark night transforms our powerlessness in prayer into contemplative intimacy with God Time will be provided for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The topics covered in the conferences include The life of Saint John of the Cross An overview of his basic teachings The night of the senses The loss of consolation and felt sense of God s presence The night of the spirit The darkness of naked faith in which we are transformed in God The wordless contemplation of God that arises in the dark night Divinization through love Discovering that

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/johnofcross.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Love Alone
    of the Cross and his teachings for beginners this retreat goes on to focus on his insights into the higher stages of the spiritual path in which our life merges and becomes one with God s own life Closely following the saint s teachings in The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love the retreat will focus on the heights of mystical union with God that are possible for us on this earth Even if we do not reach the heights of mystical union John of the Cross speaks of it is encouraging to see what is possible for us as we open and surrender ourselves to God in our life Time will be given for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented Note This John of the Cross retreat can be offered either as a follow up to the passing through the dark night retreat or as the initial retreat on Saint John of the Cross In beginning this retreat I always begin by summarizing the main teachings presented in the introductory passing through the dark night retreat The topics covered in the conferences include The life of Saint of the Cross an introduction to

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/lovealone.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Julian of Norwhich
    Zen as a Path Jesus and Buddha Following the Mystics Jim s Download Store Videos Books Meditation Group Jim s Newsletter About Jim Finley Contact Us Subscribe Links All Shall be Well The Spiritual Teachings of Julian of Norwich Julian of Norwich lived in England in the fourteenth century As a young woman she experienced a series of visions She spent thirteen years composing her book Showings in which she shares with us her insights into God s love for us that was revealed to her in these visions In this retreat we will carefully consider Julian s profound and subtle insights into the ways in which divine love revealed to us in Christ transforms us into itself Time will be given for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The topics covered in the conferences include The Life of Julian of Norwich an introduction to her basic teachings Love is God s Meaning Love is our meaning and how we find this meaning God in the ongoing creation of all things God in us Love as liberation from sin and suffering Spiritual growth and Healing Suggested Reading Colledge Edmund James Walsh trans Julian of Norwich Showings

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/julian.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Gospel Metaphors
    Fill the Whole World Gospel Metaphors of Spiritual Awakening Many of us today are looking for ways to deepen our experience of God s presence in our lives In this silent retreat we will accept Jesus invitation to find God s presence in the little things of everyday life Time will be given for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The topics covered in the conferences

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/metaphors.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Mechthild of Magdeburg
    By carefully exploring passages in her book The Flowing Light of the Godhead we will join her in discovering the spiritual fulfillment that comes in learning to be a great lover Time will be given for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The topics covered in the conferences include Who was Mechthild of Madgeburg The guiding principles of her teaching Understanding why it is so scary

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/mechthild.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Blessed John Ruusbroec
    Subscribe Links Being in Love with Love The Mystic Path of Blessed John Ruusbroec A silent retreat devoted to exploring the teachings of the 14th century Christian mystic Blessed John Ruusbroec Carefully following guidelines found in his classic work The Divine Espousals we will explore the interior path that leads into dark stillness in which all lovers lose their way Time will be given for group silent meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The retreat is intended to be both a basic introduction for beginners and a more source of ongoing encouragement for those more experienced in contemplative spirituality The topics covered in the conferences include The Active Life in which we begin to find God in the hidden center of our daily activities and concerns The Interior Life in which we go deeper in awakening to God s love wholly permeating every aspect of our lives The Contemplative Life in which the last traces of our confusion and fear dissolve in God s love allowing us to live in the daily awareness that God s love is the very reality of ourselves others and all things Suggested Reading There is no required reading prior to the

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/ruusbroec.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Thomas Mertton
    as a Path Jesus and Buddha Following the Mystics Jim s Download Store Videos Books Meditation Group Jim s Newsletter About Jim Finley Contact Us Subscribe Links Thomas Merton Our Guide in Contemplative Living A retreat exploring the spiritual teachings of Thomas Merton An emphasis will be given to Merton s insights into the contemplative path along which we learn to live in habitual awareness of God s presence The retreat will include periods for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented Note the conferences James Finley shares in this retreat closely follow the conferences in his audio series titled The Path to the Palace of Nowhere published by Sounds True The topics covered in the conferences include A Brief biographical sketch of Merton s life The guiding principles of his teachings Developing a Contemplative World View How life looks through awakened eyes Humility as a Path of self transformation The nature and practice of contemplative prayer The journey from the false self to the true self Themes of social justice and dialogue with Zen and other non Christian contemplative traditions Suggested Reading Thomas Merton New Seeds of Contemplation No Man is an Island Disputed Questions The

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/merton.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Trauma and Transcendence
    of the seven steps heals all forms of suffering The seven steps are presented as a path that gravitates toward becoming a healing presence in the midst of the world The goal is seen to be becoming someone in whose presence others are more freed up to experience healing in their own lives The Seven Steps explored in the retreat are Be grounded in your experience of who you are as a human being in relationship with others Take responsibility for the healing that needs to occur there Have faith in the subtle flashes of spiritual awakening that occur each day Trust these moments reveal that although you are ego you are not just ego You are a spiritual being created in the image and likeness of God who is spirit Realize that the root of suffering is estrangement from spiritual experience The root of happiness is spiritual experience Follow the mystics on the path of prayer and meditation that heals the root of suffering in its origin Follow the path of compassionate love that heals the roots of suffering that have found their its way into our minds and hearts facing and working through bodily and psychological suffering in spiritually grounded way Learn to live in the axial moment that transcends suffering in the midst of suffering Devote yourself in prayer meditation and compassionate love to the lifelong process of learning to be a healing presence in the midst of the world Be resolved to continue living in this way until the last traces of suffering dissolve in love and only love is left Suggested Reading Judith Herman Trauma and Recovery William Johnston trans The Cloud of Unknowing Peter A Levine Waking the Tiger Daniel Siegel M D The Mindful Brain Thich Nhat Hanh Transformation and Healing Ken Wilbur

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