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In Person Event: Centering Prayer and the Mystical Imagination (Tallahassee, FL; September 10, 2022)

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Friends, I’m excited to visit my friends with Contemplative Outreach Tallahassee and The Front Porch: A Spiritual Life Center, who are co-sponsoring a Saturday program I’m leading in person on September 10. Hope to see you there! The program will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL. We’ll be there on September 10 from 1o AM...

Julian of Norwich, Francis of Assisi, and Centering Prayer: Three Mystical Books for Children

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Yesterday I received an advance copy of a wonderful book coming out this fall, that tells a simple children’s story about grief and loss, while using the wisdom of Julian of Norwich to underscore the message that “all shall be well.” All Will Be Well: Learning to Trust God’s Love by Lacy Finn Borgo, illustrated by Rebecca Evans, will be published in October, so you can get...

Memento Mori: The Contemplation of Death and the Wonder of Life

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Twice this week I have learned of the death of an acquaintance. I hesitate to say “friend” because neither of these people were friends in a close sense: one of them I hadn’t seen or been in contact with in almost four years, the other not since the mid-1990s. But they were both men I liked, and both I knew through church. One was a Jesuit priest at my parish from 2017-2018, the...

Some Christians Attack Centering Prayer and Contemplation. They are Motivated by Bad Theology.

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A reader of this blog sent me the following question today. Hi Carl, I see from conservative Christian circles that WCCM and Centering prayer is labelled new age and dangerous. Are these practices Christian really?  Or are we trying to incorporate eastern meditation into Christianity ? First, the short answer. Contemplative practices like Centering Prayer and Christian meditation are rooted in...

Seven Ways to Read a Mystical Book

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Reading the writings of the great mystics — of figures like St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Ávila, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, or even modern writers like Pierre Teilhard de Chardin or Bernadette Roberts — is not always easy. Many mystics use dense or figurative or poetic language in their attempts to express the inexpressible. Others rely on highly technical philosophical or...

Eternal Heart Audiobook CDs now in stock!

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Back in June I announced that Eternal Heart is being published as a 4-CD audiobook. As of today, the CD audiobook is now available through my E-Commerce store. You can order it by clicking here. This means that Eternal Heart is now available in three formats: as a hardcover book, an ebook (Kindle and all other major ebook formats) and audiobook (both streaming and CD). You can order autographed...

“Mystics Teach us to Reconnect with Timeless and Essential Truth” — Join Me for the Free 2022 Mystics Summit, online August 15-19!

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An awake heart is like a lighthouse helping others to find a safe way home. ―Rolf van der Wind I’m one of over thirty presenters for the 2022 Mystics Summit hosted by The Shift Network — along with Mirabai Starr, James Finley, Rami Shapiro, and Greg Boyles, among many others! It’s free to register for this five-day event. To sign up, register here. Here’s the description of the...

Explore Celtic Spirituality with “Spirituality and Practice” Online Course — Starts August 8!

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Hi friends, I’m happy to announce that my Celtic spirituality course through the Spirituality and Practice website will be running this August — August 8 through September 2, 2022!  To register for the course, click here. The course will include a Zoom call with  me on Thursday, August 18. Here’s the description and enrollment information from the S&P website: Celtic Spirituality...

How to be a Contemplative in Today’s Political Climate

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I was speaking recently with one of my Patreon supporters (Patreon is a crowdfunding program to support writers, bloggers, musicians, etc. This blog is made possible by the generous people who support it through Patreon). She asked me a blunt question. How do you do it? How do you, as someone who writes about contemplation, respond to the political moment that we find ourselves in? Such an...

Encountering Christian Mysticism with the “Mystics and Skeptics” Podcast

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Hi friends, I recently was a guest on the “Mystics and Skeptics” podcast. Needless to say, we talked about… Christian mysticism, of course! Sybil, the host of the “Mystics and Skeptics” podcast, is a wonderful conversation partner; she and I quickly developed a rapport which led to a wide-ranging conversation about mysticism — both Christian and in general — and how...

Ireland Pilgrimage in September 2023!!! Informational Meeting on Zoom — August 4, 2022!

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Friends, I am thrilled to announce that my good friends at Zeitgeist Atlanta are hosting a Pilgrimage in Ireland, September 20-27, 2023 — and they have asked me to be the spiritual guide for this pilgrimage! This will be a very special week, as we will be keeping the size of the group very small: this will not be some big corporate “tour” — it will be a sacred pilgrimage, visiting...

In Person Program: Exploring Group Spiritual Direction — Sponsored by Zeitgeist Atlanta (September 2022-May 2023)

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Click here to learn more about this program and to register for it! I’m so excited to announce that I will be facilitating the nine-month program for Exploring Group Spiritual Direction sponsored by Zeitgeist Atlanta — Atlanta’s home for the spiritually independent person (and for open-hearted spiritual seekers of all faiths)! This is a wonderful stand-alone program for anyone...

Carl McColman

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

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