This is not to say that Christianity is finished. I am, on the contrary, convinced that it is not Christianity, but our conception and interpretation of it that has become antiquated in the face of the present world situation. The Christian symbol is a living thing that carries in itself the seeds of further development. It can go on developing; it only depends on us, whether we can make up our minds to meditate again, and more thoroughly, on the Christian premises. -Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self
Don’t let the word “mystic” scare you. It…means one who’s moved from belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience. -Richard Rohr
Top Ten Quotes
The Bible has been both the origin and the norm for Christian Mystics down through the ages. The very term mystical (Greek: mystikos; Latin: mysticus) entered Christianity primarily as a way to describe the inner sense of the Bible. -Bernard McGinn
The Christian of the future will be a mystic, or he (she) will not exist at all. -Karl Rahner
Christianity has two lungs. One is Western, meaning rational and philosophical, and the other is Eastern, meaning mystical… -Kyriacos Markides
Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. -Luke 5:16
Silence teaches us who we are. –Rich Lewis
I can’t recommend the daily discipline of Centering Prayer enough. Sixteen years of practice has transformed every aspect of my life. –Amos Smith
Kingdom of Heaven is really a metaphor for a state of consciousness. -Cynthia Bourgeault
The Transforming Union is the restructuring of consciousness, not just an experience or set of experiences. –Thomas Keating
The extent to which we heal ourselves is the extent to which we can heal the world. -Phileena Heuertz
A religion without mystics is a philosophy. -Pope Francis
Top 20 Quotes from Healing the Divide
Theology at its best doesn’t seek to solve, but to behold.
I’m not trying to solve the mystery of the incarnation. Holy mysteries are not meant to be solved.
Miaphysite theology/The Jesus Paradox is the cornerstone of Mystic Christianity.
Theology is not a game. It’s an ultimate concern that changes how we see the world.
I affirm the mystery of God on the one hand. On the other hand I behold Jesus, who gets closer to the mystery’s essence than anything I know.
Authentic religion dances between mystery and certainty.
In Jesus we behold the Paradox of infinite Spirit (God) and finite form (humanity), of the Creator in dynamic union with the creature.
The minds of the Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers) transform the Jesus tug-a-war into The Jesus Paradox.
Jesus taught paradox because that’s where the transformational power is.
The early Christian mystics go beyond either/or thinking … The minds of the Alexandrian Mystics transform the dualistic tension of the tug-of-war into a holistic creative tension.
Religion turned absolutist becomes ugly, lacking mystery, abounding in finality.
Jesus’ most profound quality was his humility—his self-limiting power—his servant leadership (Philippians 2:5–11, John 13:4–5).
God can reconcile the eternal and the temporal, the absolute and the relative, the Divine and the human.
Humor helps us to find space where there is no space and to creatively embrace contradictions.
God is mystery, surpassing the senses and all knowledge, and yet God is at the core of our being.
As the mystics remind us, the true garden of paradise is not a place but a state of consciousness … of union with God …
Like my Oriental Orthodox sisters and brothers, I believe the incarnation is the central mystery of the Christian faith … In Jesus, God is re-created in solidarity with our humanity.
Daily silent prayer has a cumulative effect and requires years of steady practice for deep healing to take place. Give it time!
We need more people with the courage to take extended silent retreats.
The goal of my faith is union with Christ in prayer and service to humanity in the here and now.
Top 20 RCMR Tweets
During silent prayer we leave our “small mind” and enter the “larger mind”. –Rich Lewis
What is deepest in us is not opposed to God. What is deepest in us is of God
–John Philip Newell
Carl Jung called our denied creative potential the “Golden Shadow.” – Christine Valters Paintner
The vocation of the poet is to invoke the holy. -Martin Heidegger
We are not only made by God. We are made of God. –Lady Julian of Norwich
Dying to self means being willing to let go of what I want (or think I want) in order to create space for God to direct…-Cynthia Bourgeault
Most importantly, during centering prayer we let go of all preconceived notions. We let God be God. –Rich Lewis
There’s this weird thing with Jesus where we touch the eternal. –Nadia Boz-Weber
For all practical purposes, how we treat other people is what we are doing to ourselves.
When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” – Kahlil Gibran
Contemplative prayer is floating in the ocean of God. You can’t sink because God will hold you. –Rich Lewis
In Julian of Norwich’s book, Showings, I love her emphasis on God’s immediate Presence grounded in Love. –Amos Smith
In our mother’s womb we knew God, but at birth we began to forget. -Jewish Mystics
Christ could be born
a thousand times in Galilee-
but all in vain
until He is born in me
If Jesus tells us anything about God, it’s that God is love—not wrath or anger or vengeance, but pure love. -Tony Jones
Silent prayer is not escape from this world but rather preparation to engage and live in this world. –Rich Lewis
The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people. -Richard Foster
God is Love. God is within me. When I forget this, I live in fear. –Rich Lewis
Incarnation does not diminish God but shows that ‘flesh is capable of God’. -Laurence Freeman
Practice stillness and know God. –Philokalia rendering of Psalm 46:10