26 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

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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.

    Dialogue: The Fourth Mansion

    Dialogue: The Fourth Mansion

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the fourth mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here.
    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?
    Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail
    Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior
    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!

    • 51 min
    Teresa of Avila: Session 3

    Teresa of Avila: Session 3

    This is the third episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the fourth mansion of Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice.
    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org
    For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.
    Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? 
    Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail
    Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior
    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!

    • 33 min
    Dialogue: The Second Mansion

    Dialogue: The Second Mansion

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the second mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here.
    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?
    Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail
    Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior
    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 9 min
    Dialogue: The First Mansion

    Dialogue: The First Mansion

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the first mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation.
    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?
    Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail
    Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior
    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 1 min
    Teresa of Avila: Session 2

    Teresa of Avila: Session 2

    This is the second episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the second mansion of Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice.
    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org
    For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.
    Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? 
    Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail
    Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior
    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!

    • 28 min
    Teresa of Avila: Session 1

    Teresa of Avila: Session 1

    This is the first episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice.
    Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org
    For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.
    Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? 
    Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail
    Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior
    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!

    • 31 min

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