Category Archives: Mysticism

Endings and Beginnings

In my beginning is my end… In my end is my beginning (East Coker I:1, V:36). What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we … Continue reading

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The Silent Outcry

Encounters with silence deepen our spiritual receptivity. A striking recent encounter with silence was on the television show, Dancing with the Stars, when Nyle DiMarco, the first deaf male contestant, danced a section of his routine in sync with a group … Continue reading

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A Secular Annunciation: “Something’s Comin” from West Side Story

While I was gazing at a reproduction of the gorgeous fresco The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, I started to sing a song from my favorite musical West Side Story.  The unconscious has a wonderful way of making associations.  The more … Continue reading

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Seeing God Face to Face (continued)

On reflecting on my previous blog Seeing God Face to Face, I realized that there was a dimension missing, the intimate experience of meeting God’s face within ourselves.  Meditation is teaching me to approach the indwelling Spirit of God with … Continue reading

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Seeing God Face to Face

One meaning of contemplation is to gaze upon God, so it is natural for the contemplative to want to see God’s face.  At the same time the prospect of what we do not know is scary.   This ambivalence is reflected … Continue reading

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Returning To Childhood

A month ago I was at Stratford City railway station, part of the new city under construction at the 2012 Olympic site in London, and I saw a sign to Southend-on-Sea. A sudden urge arose within me to buy rover … Continue reading

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William Blake’s Epic Poems: Milton and Jerusalem

Most people’s acquaintance with the poet William Blake is limited to a few poems like “Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night…” (Songs of Experience) and “Little lamb who made thee?” (Songs of Innocence). If you have … Continue reading

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