James Finley

James Finley is a former monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky where Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. He is author of “Merton’s Palace of Nowhere”, “The Contemplative Heart” and “Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God”. A clinical psychologist in private practice, he has given silent retreats throughout the United States and Canada.

 

 

 

Center Recordings by this Speaker

St. JohnLadder to Heaven: An Introduction to Christian Meditation & Entering the Mind of Christ

Lecture CD: $10

Workshop CD's: $30

An introduction to the practice of Christian meditation and the journey the practitioner takes from reading scripture to discursive meditation to a deeper prayer life to contemplation using the teachings of the mystics as a guide. An emphasis is on meditation as a grounding place for learning to live a more contemplative way of life in the midst of today’s world. The topics covered in the workshop include: our call to enter into the ongoing, mystical heritage of the Christian tradition; simple guidelines for practicing meditation in the Christian tradition; the path of meditation described in The Cloud of Unknowing; the path of meditation described by Saint John of the Cross; entering the mind of Christ; and, meditation as our grounding place in contemplative living.

PRODUCT DETAILS
Contents: Lecture - 1 CD; Workshop - 3 CD's
order recording Date Recorded: May 15 & 16, 2009
Product Code: Lecture-JF009; Workshop-JF010

Interior CastleThe Interior Castle of St. Teresa of Avila

Lecture CD: $10

Workshop CD's: $30

James Finley explores Saint Teresa of Avila’s classic work The Interior Castle using it as a guide through the mansions of our own soul. An emphasis is given to the actual experience of the challenges, potential stuck places and mystical awakenings that we experience on our faith journey.

PRODUCT DETAILS
Contents: Lecture - 1 CD; Workshop - 3 CD's
order recording Date Recorded: May 16 & 17, 2008
Product Code: Lecture-JF007; Workshop-JF008

St. JohnGospel Metaphors for the Contemplative Life

Lecture CD: $10

Workshop CD's: $30

Friday’s lecture is on gospel metaphors for the contemplative life, Saturday’s contemplative practice day uses the story of the woman at the well as a guide with led contemplative practice sessions.

PRODUCT DETAILS
Contents: Lecture - 1 CD; Workshop - 3 CD's
order recording Date Recorded: May 18 & 19, 2007
Product Code: Lecture-JF001, Workshop-JF002

Meister EckhartThe Teachings of Meister Eckhart & Letting Go: Turning to Meister Eckhart as Guide in Contemplative Living

Lecture CD: $10

Workshop CD's: $30

James Finley introduces the spiritual principles that guide all of Eckhart’s teachings on the mysterious process in which we awaken to the Godly nature of life itself. The Saturday workshop is a one day retreat utilizing Eckhart’s teachings on self-transformation.

PRODUCT DETAILS
Contents: Lecture - 1 CD; Workshop - 3 CD's
order recording Date Recorded: May 12 & 13, 2006
Product Code: Lecture-JF003, Workshop-JF004

Meditation BenchChristian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God

Lecture CD: $10

Workshop CD's: $30

James Finley explores the rich mystical heritage of the Christian faith, emphasizing the Christian mystics’ understanding of meditation, a way of awakening to Christ’s awareness of God’s presence in our lives. Saturday’s workshop is a one-day silent retreat exploring themes of traditional Christian meditation, supportive foundations for a life of deep meditation and prayer, learning to live in a monastery without walls.

PRODUCT DETAILS
Contents: Lecture - 1 CD; Workshop - 3 CD's
order recording Date Recorded: November 12 & 13, 2004
Product Code: Lecture-JF005, Workshop-JF006

 

 

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