A New Initiative for 2022: The Contemplative Study of Mystical Writings


Friends, I want to invite you to a special online meeting on Thursday, January 13 to talk about my new initiative, which I am calling “The Contemplative Study of Mystical Writings.” Hope to see you there — to register, click here.

This is an outgrowth of conversations I have been having through social media as well as with my blog’s financial backers, who support my work through Patreon. It began when I discovered that there is significant interest among my readers and contemplative friends to study a classic book of twentieth century mystical theology called Meditations on the Tarot

Don’t let the title of that book throw you off! This is not a book about parlor tricks or fortune-telling; it’s a classic of 20th century mystical spirituality that has been endorsed by leading contemplatives like Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating, Bede Griffiths and others (To learn more about this book, see yesterday’s post A Great Mystical Book — with a Surprising Title).

I’ve taught courses on Meditations on the Tarot before, and am excited at the thought of doing it again. But let’s be clear, it is a challenging book to read: deeply rewarding, but also densely philosophical (which is probably why many people are interested in a course).

What I don’t want to do is put together some short program that runs four or six weeks and then just skims the surface of the book. So I have some ideas about how to create a program that will combine a insightful, in-depth exploration of this book with a sustainable, community and contemplative focus that will make our shared “deep dive” both enjoyable and meaningful.

Interested? Want to learn more? Then come to the Zoom meeting on January 13! There’s no charge to attend this meeting, and I’ll begin with a presentation on why Meditations on the Tarot belongs in the library of every Christian (or Christian-friendly) contemplative. This will give you a nice overview of the book and some handy pointers for your own reading of the text.

After that, I’ll share my vision for a study program for this book — and, I hope, for other great mystical classics as well, such as the writings of Meister Eckhart, Evelyn Underhill and John of the Cross — and what will be involved in this course of study/practice.

Ready to learn more? Register for the course by clicking on the link below.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: January 13, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Registration in advance for this meeting is required — to register, click here. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Now, I know that not everyone will be able to attend, thanks to time zone challenges and the other realities of life today. If you’re interested, please register even if you know you can’t attend — and I’ll send you a link to watch a recording of the presentation, along with a recap of the program details.


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Carl McColman

Soul Friend and Storyteller. Lay Cistercian, Centering Prayer Presenter, Author, Blogger, Podcaster, Speaker, Teacher, Retreat Leader.

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