77 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 CAC

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 17 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.

    A Coaching Session on Centering Prayer

    A Coaching Session on Centering Prayer

    On this special episode, Jim coaches Kirsten in implementing the Centering Prayer practice that he has been teaching about from within The Cloud of Unknowing.
    If you have questions about this season, we will return in 2 weeks with a listeners questions episode.
    Resources:

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


    For the transcript for this podcast 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
    Dialogue 4: The Perfect Life

    Dialogue 4: The Perfect Life

    This is the fourth and final dialogue that focuses on the mystical text, The Cloud of Unknowing. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 3 where Jim talks about the fourth and final phase in The Cloud of Unknowing, the perfect life.
    Resources:

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


    For the transcript for this podcast 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!

    • 53 min
    The Cloud of Unknowing: Session 4

    The Cloud of Unknowing: Session 4

    This is the fourth session that focuses on the mystical text, The Cloud of Unknowing. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from The Cloud of Unknowing, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text, and finishes with a meditative practice.
    Resources:

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


    For the transcript for this podcast 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!

    • 52 min
    Dialogue 3: The Singular Life

    Dialogue 3: The Singular Life

    This is the third dialogue that focuses on the mystical text, The Cloud of Unknowing. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 3 where Jim talks about the third of four phases in The Cloud of Unknowing, the singular life.
    Resources:

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


    For the transcript for this podcast 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!

    • 54 min
    The Cloud of Unknowing: Session 3

    The Cloud of Unknowing: Session 3

    This is the third session that focuses on the mystical text, The Cloud of Unknowing. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from The Cloud of Unknowing, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text, and finishes with a meditative practice.
    Resources:

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


    For the transcript for this podcast 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!

    • 43 min
    Dialogue 2: The Special Life

    Dialogue 2: The Special Life

    This is the second dialogue that focuses on the mystical text, The Cloud of Unknowing. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 2 where Jim talks about the second of four phases in The Cloud of Unknowing, the special life.
    Resources:

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


    For the transcript for this podcast 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!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Kiwi Pat ,

A treasure indeed!

This introduction session with Jim Finley (& Kirsten Oates) is beautifully recorded and paced - a gift for a wounded, vulnerable heart longing for the Oneness that already is... Thank-you for this treasure. Here’s to the next one!

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

Michael Frost
Tara Brach
Ascension Catholic Faith Formation
Christianity Today
BibleProject
Joyce Meyer

You Might Also Like

Center for Action and Contemplation
Center for Action and Contemplation
Center for Action and Contemplation
On Being Studios
Rob Bell
Henri Nouwen, Now & Then | Podcast

More by Center for Action and Contemplation

Center for Action and Contemplation
Center for Action and Contemplation
Center for Action and Contemplation
Center for Action and Contemplation
Center for Action and Contemplation