57 episodes

Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

Turning to The Mystics with James Finley Center for Action and Contemplation

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

    Bonus: The Dark Night, Depression and Suffering

    Bonus: The Dark Night, Depression and Suffering

    On this bonus episode of Turning to the Mystics, Jim and Kirsten are joined by long-time friend Mirabai Starr to reflect on listener questions about how John of the Cross’ dark night of the soul differs from depression—and how both experiences evolve our understanding of suffering.
    If you found this episode helpful, consider attending the final Conspire this September. In this interactive online event, catch both Mirabai and Jim as they expand on the spiritual experiences of grief and healing. To learn more, visit: cac.org/conspire-2021.
    Resources:

    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org 


    The transcript for this episode can be found here.

    The book being used for this season can be found here.

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    We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org


    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 46 min
    St. John of the Cross: Listener Questions

    St. John of the Cross: Listener Questions

    In this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 3rd season.
    Resources:

    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org 


    The transcript for this episode can be found here.


    The book being used for this season can be found here.


    Connect with us:

    We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org


    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Dialogue 6: The Spiritual Canticle

    Dialogue 6: The Spiritual Canticle

    This is the sixth dialogue that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 7, which covered The Spiritual Canticle.
    Resources:

    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org 


    The transcript for this episode can be found here.

    The book being used for this season can be found here.


    Connect with us:

    We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org


    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 46 min
    St. John of the Cross: Session 7

    St. John of the Cross: Session 7

    This is the seventh session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. With this episode, Jim turns to St. John of the Cross's work on The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love, moving us from The Dark Night to the mystical union with God that blossoms in this "night" as it comes to fruition.
    Resources:

    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org 


    The transcript of this podcast can be found here.

    The book being used for this season can be found here.

    (Currently, there are issues with hyperlinks on Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!)
    Connect with us:

    We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org


    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 40 min
    Dialogue 5: The Inner Experience

    Dialogue 5: The Inner Experience

    This is the fifth dialogue that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 6, which covered Thomas Merton's The Inner Experience as a means of introducing us to the mystical awakening that emerges out of the dark night, and the oneness or union that comes with infused contemplation.
    Resources:

    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org 


    The transcript for this episode can be found here.

    The book being used for this season can be found here.

    (Currently, there are issues with hyperlinks on Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!)
    Connect with us:

    We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org


    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 55 min
    St. John of the Cross: Session 6

    St. John of the Cross: Session 6

    This is the sixth session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. With this episode, Jim turns back to Thomas Merton's book, The Inner Experience, to summarize his own understanding of The Dark Night and begins to move us towards St. John of the Cross's work on The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love. Through these works, he will introduce us to the mystical awakening that emerges out of the dark night, and the oneness or union that comes with infused contemplation.
    Resources:

    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org 


    The transcript of this podcast can be found here.

    The book being used for this season can be found here.

    (Currently, there are issues with hyperlinks on Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!)
    Connect with us:

    We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org


    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

LalaMargie ,

The enduring presence of God

Thank you James Findlay and Kirsten Oats for continuing with these podcasts. I’m so grateful to have found them, having listened to them from the very beginning. James, your voice is so soothing and easy to listen to and your message has really reverberated with my spiritual walk. The way you speak about god has brought a huge renewing to my faith, which was full of so many unresolved questions and angst. I now find the beloved in the everyday, living in the present moment and experiencing God in the stillness of the silence, (through meditation). Serendipitous events unfold and my life is rich and full. Your sessions challenge, reassure me and uplift and encourage me in a way that I never imagined I would find god like this. It really is quite a miracle. Trusting that you are going ok after the loss of your dear wife, I feel so grateful for your generosity to us listeners that you have continued with the podcasts. It is really very touching and so kind of you. Thank you.... I'm so looking forward to hear what you have to say about John of the Cross. I’m listening to you both. Blessings

JazzB0001 ,

Divinely beautiful

I’ve just finished listening to Teresa of Avila and every episode I felt a deep love permeate my being. This is simply divine. Thank you

pethrich ,

At John of the Cross

I would like to endorse all that was said by previous person Lala about James, Kirsten and these podcasts which are excellent and thank them both for presentations, pertinent questions and especially James’ continuation after the death of his beloved wife. Blessings to all at CAC and thanks

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