Spiritual Alchemy

I have long been interested in alchemy – not in the literal efforts to turn base materials into silver or gold but in the way the alchemical quest serves as a metaphor for spiritual transmutation. Taken literally, the… Continue Reading »

Mystery and Mysticism

Not long ago I had an interesting conversation with someone who told me that she had no tolerance for mysticism because it was based on intellectual laziness. She said that it involved glorifying mystery rather than viewing it… Continue Reading »

Finding God in All Things: An Interview

This is the third in a series of occasional interviews with people about their spiritual journey. Previous blogs in this series can be found by entering “Interview” in the search box. Irene Alexander is a mother and grandmother… Continue Reading »

Art as a Spiritual Path: An Interview

This is the second in a series of occasional interviews with people about their spiritual path.
The first can be found at www.drdavidgbenner.ca/meditation-contemplative-prayer/

Pondering Presence: 4

Presence lifts us above the sphere of particularities and separateness into a world of integral wholeness.  It is always is experienced as a unitary whole.  Think, for example, about the experience of sitting on the top of a… Continue Reading »

More Gifts from the Mystics

My last blog, Learning from the Mystics, was too short to be much more than a teaser on the subject of learning from the mystics.  So, let me carry it a bit further forward by identifying two more… Continue Reading »

Learning from the Mystics

Most Christians find the mystics somewhat . . . let’s say, mystifying.  Their language often makes it hard to identify with them, their lifestyle seems out of sync with modernity and their message simply doesn’t seem relevant to… Continue Reading »

Vulnerable, But Not Insignificant

In his controversial new book, Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton argues that while as an atheist he believes that religion is wrong in its dogma he also believes it has survived because it is right in much… Continue Reading »

The Spirit of Transformation

Despite their differences in emphasis and style, it’s interesting to note the close relationship that exists between contemplatives and charismatics.  Those within these traditions are, however, not usually the ones to note the similarities. Focusing more on the… Continue Reading »

Mysteries that Hold

Christians who are attentive to the Christian calendar that structures the year around the great mysteries of our faith are aware that we are now in the season of Lent. This season of preparation for Holy Week and… Continue Reading »