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James Finley introduces contemplative practice, teachings from the mystics, and the spiritual dimensions of healing through audio and video recordings. In his talks, Jim’s being is an open conduit for the wisdom of the mystics and his lived experience. Through these virtual retreats, enter a sacred space of quiet, surrender, and anticipation. Find ways to carry this posture into your busy day-to-day.

 

Christian Meditation: Entering the Mind of Christ

In this audio series, James Finley teaches the fundamental practices at the heart of Christianity’s unique contemplative tradition. He uncovers the historical roots and gives step-by-step guidance for Christian meditation. The CD recordings (over 7 hours) are available from Sounds True.

 

Exploring the Foundations of Contemplative Living

You don’t have to be a monk to live a contemplative life. In this self-paced, 4-week online course, James Finley explores ways of deepening mystical, nondual consciousness in the midst of our ordinary, modern lives. The course includes 4 videos and a downloadable workbook. Learn more from Contemplative Journal

 

Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate

James Finley joins Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault in following the path of mystics from ancient times to modern and from various traditions—Christian, Sufi, Buddhist, Hindu, and others—in pursuit of union with God and all that is. They describe the mystical experience of knowing and being known by God as a mutual dance of deepening desire and love. Talks are interspersed with chants led by Bourgeault to draw listeners into contemplative, embodied engagement. Approximate length: 9 hours. Available as CD and DVD sets and MP3 digital download from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

 

Intimacy: The Divine Ambush

Richard Rohr and James Finley help us rediscover our longing for union—with God, each other, and reality itself. Learn the ways of surrendering to the Love that undergirds all and experience transformation through relationship with Divine Reality. In 9.5 hours of audio teaching, Rohr and Finley reflect on intimacy through the writings of John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich. Themes include dark nights of the soul, senses, and spirit; how to be a beginner; finding God in unconsummated longings; the art of mystical sobriety; spiritual betrothal; and union. Available as CD set and MP3 digital download from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

 

Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening

Richard Rohr and James Finley help us rediscover our longing for union—with God, each other, and reality itself. Learn the ways of surrendering to the Love that undergirds all and experience transformation through relationship with Divine Reality. In 9.5 hours of audio teaching, Rohr and Finley reflect on intimacy through the writings of John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich. Themes include dark nights of the soul, senses, and spirit; how to be a beginner; finding God in unconsummated longings; the art of mystical sobriety; spiritual betrothal; and union. Available as CD set and MP3 digital download from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

 

Meister Eckhart’s Living Wisdom: Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go

The 13th century mystic Meister Eckhart still opens listeners to direct experience of God. James Finley shares insights, teachings, and meditations from Eckhart through the spoken word. The CD and digital recordings (over 6 hours of audio) and Continuing Education (CE) credits are available from Sounds True.

 

Point Vierge: Thomas Merton’s Journey in Song

“Nothing less than divine love pulses through these songs. The album is a transformational blend of spoken word and mystic refrains that follows the trajectory of Merton’s life.” —Mark Longhurst

Musician and composer Alana Levandoski collaborated with James Finley to create a contemplative album that shares the heart and voice of Thomas Merton’s wisdom. The CD and digital download is available at alanalevandoski.com.

 

Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere

Through over 9 hours of audio teaching, James Finley shares with us the gifts passed on to him by Thomas Merton at the Abbey of Gethsemani. Jim offers a participatory approach to Merton’s most useful teachings, helping us to discover our true self to disappear into God through daily practices of contemplation and faith. The CD set and audio download are available from Sounds True.