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Turning to the Mystics with James Finley

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Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

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United States

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Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

Language:

English


Episodes

Mechthild of Magdeburg: Listener Questions (Part 2)

12/4/2023
Welcome to the listener questions series from our sessions on Mechthild of Magdeburg. Due to the volume of questions this season, we have decided to make two episodes dedicated to listener questions. This is the last of the two episodes on Mechthild of Magdeburg. In this episode, Jim Finley and Kirsten Oates reflect on listener questions about Mechthild of Magdeburg and other mystics. They discuss Mechthild's view of the body and how it influenced her spirituality, the difference between psychological and spiritual truths, and the challenges of living a contemplative life in a busy world. They also explore the concept of longing as a path to God, the role of personal experiences of God, and the unique qualities of different mystics. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Join us December 7 - 10, 2023 for Turning to the Mystics Online Retreat: The Way of the Mind and the Way of the Heart. Learn more and register at cac.org/retreat Connect with us: This podcast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:01:56

Mechthild of Magdeburg: Listener Questions (Part 1)

11/28/2023
Welcome to the listener questions series from our sessions on Mechthild of Magdeburg. Due to the volume of questions this season, we have decided to make two episodes dedicated to listener questions. This is the first of two on Mechthild of Magdeburg. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Join us December 7 - 10, 2023 for Turning to the Mystics Online Retreat: The Way of the Mind and the Way of the Heart. Learn more and register at cac.org/retreat Connect with us: This podcast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:56:10

Bonus: Bernard McGinn on Mechthild, Eckhart, and Mysticism

11/6/2023
On this special bonus episode, James Finley and Kirsten Oates interview Dr. Bernard McGinn about Christian mysticism and how Cristian mystics guide us in living faithfully to the mystical dimensions of God's presence. They also discuss the distinctive approaches of Christian mystics Meister Eckhart and Mechthild of Magdeburg and how their teachings complement one another. Resource Section: A transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Join us December 7 - 10, 2023 for Turning to the Mystics Online Retreat: The Way of the Mind and the Way of the Heart. Learn more and register at cac.org/retreat Connect with us: We'll be back in two weeks with a listener questions episode. We are no longer accepting questions for this season. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:08:18

Coaching Session: May God Bind Us All

10/23/2023
In this special episode, Jim and Kirsten review the season and offer a way for us to turn to Mechthild for guidance on our own spiritual path. To help you participate, we have provided the worksheet in the Resource Section below. Resource Section: A transcript for this episode can be found here. The worksheet for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Join us December 7 - 10, 2023 for Turning to the Mystics Online Retreat: The Way of the Mind and the Way of the Heart. Learn more and register at cac.org/retreat Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechthild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:35:15

Dialogue 3: A Love That Binds

10/16/2023
This is the third dialogue session that focuses on the Beguine mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg. James Finley and Kirsten Oates talk about the third session which focused on passages from Mechthild of Magdeburg's book The Flowing Light of the Godhead. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Join us December 7 - 10, 2023 for Turning to the Mystics Online Retreat: The Way of the Mind and the Way of the Heart. Learn more and register at cac.org/retreat Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechthild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:11:27

Mechthild of Magdeburg: Session 3

10/9/2023
This is the third session that focuses on the Beguine mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with passages from Mechthild of Magdeburg's book The Flowing Light of the Godhead, reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text, and finishes with a meditative practice. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Join us December 7 - 10, 2023 for Turning to the Mystics Online Retreat: The Way of the Mind and the Way of the Heart. Learn more and register at cac.org/retreat Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechthild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:45:08

Dialogue 2: A Loving Exchange

10/2/2023
This is the second dialogue session that focuses on the Beguine mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg. James Finley and Kirsten Oates talk about the second session which focused on passages from Mechthild of Magdeburg's book The Flowing Light of the Godhead. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechthild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:02:08

Mechthild of Magdeburg: Session 2

9/25/2023
This is the second session that focuses on the Beguine mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with passages from Mechthild of Magdeburg's book The Flowing Light of the Godhead, reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text, and finishes with a meditative practice. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechthild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:53:11

Dialogue 1: The Soul Came to Love

9/18/2023
This is the first dialogue session that focuses on the Beguine mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg. James Finley and Kirsten Oates talk about the first session which focused on passages from Mechthild of Magdeburg's book The Flowing Light of the Godhead. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechthild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:10:29

Mechthild of Magdeburg: Session 1

9/11/2023
This is the first session that focuses on the Beguine mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with passages from Mechthild of Magdeburg's book The Flowing Light of the Godhead, reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text, and finishes with a meditative practice. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechtild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:45:40

Turning to Mechthild of Magdeburg

9/4/2023
Welcome to Season 8 of Turning to the Mystics. This season we are turning to the 13th-century German mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg, a Beguine, for spiritual guidance. In this episode, James Finley and Kirsten Oates cover the life and person of Mechthild of Magdeburg and discuss how we can work with her teachings to transform our lives. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about James Finley, visit his faculty profile at the Center for Action and Contemplation here. The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book we will be using this season can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Mechtild of Magdeburg? Email us: podcasts@cac.org Questions for this season will only be accepted until October 30th, 2023. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:52:22

Bonus: Meister Eckhart Resources

8/23/2023
As we close out season 7's mystic, Meister Eckhart, Jim and Kirsten respond to a request by many listeners desiring further resources in engaging and studying the person of Meister Eckhart. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here.

Duration:00:26:30

Meister Eckhart: Listener Questions (Part 3)

8/14/2023
Welcome to the listener questions series from our sessions on Meister Eckhart. Due to the volume of questions this season, we have decided to make three episodes dedicated to listener questions. This is the third and final episode addressing questions on Meister Eckhart. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: This podcast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:00:28

Meister Eckhart: Listener Questions (Part 2)

8/7/2023
Welcome to the listener questions series from our sessions on Meister Eckhart. Due to the volume of questions this season, we have decided to make three episodes dedicated to listener questions. This is the second of three on Meister Eckhart. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: This podcast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:43:30

Meister Eckhart: Listener Questions (Part 1)

7/31/2023
Turning to the Mystics has reached its 100th episode! Thanks to all of you for listening and staying engaged with the show, both in practice and in community. Due to the volume of questions this season, we have decided to make three episodes dedicated to listener questions. This is the first of three on Meister Eckhart. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: This podcast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:50:17

Bonus: Meister Eckhart's Life and Influence feat. Rev. Matthew Fox

6/12/2023
On this special bonus episode, James Finley and Kirsten Oates interview Rev. Matthew Fox about the life and influence of Meister Eckhart. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Meister Eckhart? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. This podcast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:57:34

A Coaching Session on Eckhart's Path

6/5/2023
In this special episode, Jim and Kirsten review the season by walking the listener through Eckhart's path in a coaching session. To help you participate, we have provided diagrams in the Resource section below. Resources: Blank Diagram: Diagram Jim's Diagrams: Jim's Diagram 1 | Jim's Diagram 2 The transcript for this episode can be found here Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Meister Eckhart? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. This podcast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:05:20

Dialogue 4: Surrendering to the Ground

5/30/2023
This is the fourth dialogue that focuses on the mystic Meister Eckhart. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 4, the last session of the season, and Eckhart's theme around surrendering to the ground. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Meister Eckhart? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:01:03:10

Meister Eckhart: Session 4

5/22/2023
This is the fourth session that focuses on the mystic Meister Eckhart. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with passages from a few of Meister Eckhart's sermons, reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of these texts, and finishes with a meditative practice. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Meister Eckhart? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:58:16

Dialogue 3: Eckhart’s Path of Detachment

5/15/2023
This is the third dialogue that focuses on the mystic Meister Eckhart. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 3 and the theme around Eckhart's path of detachment. Resources: The transcript for this episode can be found here. Jim's reading list for Meister Eckhart can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Meister Eckhart? Email us: podcasts@cac.org or leave us voicemail. This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at https://cac.org/support-cac/podcasts/ Thank you!

Duration:00:54:54