38 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

    • Christianity
    • 4.8 • 962 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 Gift (A Meditation on Advent)

    Bonus: The Gift (A Meditation on Advent)

    In this bonus episode, Jim Finley offers an Advent meditation on the gift of God in and as our lives. In this teaching Jim provides an image of this gift, the invitation to awaken to its presence, habituate it through practice, and offer it back to the world. In expressive poetic form and mystical knowing, Jim will draw you into the mystical significance of the Advent season.
    We will return in January with our 3rd mystic, St. John of the Cross!

    • 19 min
    Bonus: Grounding Meditation for the Election

    Bonus: Grounding Meditation for the Election

    In this bonus episode of Turning to the Mystics, Jim Finley and Kirsten Oates offer a 10-minute grounding meditation to help nourish us in times of strife and stress, as many are feeling today and all these long pandemic days. Please listen and join us in quiet meditation (with the occasional sounds of construction in Jim’s backyard.)

    • 14 min
    Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 2)

    Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 2)

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 2nd season.
    The transcript for this episode can be found 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
    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
    Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 1)

    Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 1)

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 2nd season.
    The transcript for this episode will be available on Friday, October 9th.
    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
    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!

    • 59 min
    Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 2)

    Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 2)

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have their second dialogue around the sixth and seventh mansions 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.
    The transcript for this podcast can be found 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
    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!

    • 59 min
    Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 1)

    Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 1)

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have their first dialogue around the sixth and seventh mansions 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.
    You can find the transcript to the episode 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
    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 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
962 Ratings

962 Ratings

peace seeker52 ,

Praying with the Mystics

Like the reviewer before me I mistakenly entered 1,2,3,4 before the all important 5 star rating I intended. This is a wonderful podcast for anyone who is drawn to contemplation.

Kaki Honey ,

A necessary daily companion

I’m sorry that I touched all the stars in making my review. I have never rated anything before. So the 1,2,3,4 stars were my error. So sorry. If I could fix it and remove those stars and keep only the 5 star rating, I would. Can I do that?

I rely on Jim and Kirsten for daily devotion. I listen over and over to the podcasts since they are so dense, and I need to grow into the understanding they teach. They give me hope, a way to go, in my own search for a deeper connection with the Divine.

I love the combination of Kirsten and Jim. Together they bring a whole experience. In a way Kirsten stands in for us, the listeners. She is a very good guide along the way.

And Jim is a treasure. May God give him the courage and the will to continue as our teacher even in the midst of his deep grief at the loss of his wife, Maureen.

We are counting on you both. Thank you so much for your gracious and thoughtful teaching.

Vegan in the Region ,

Beautifully done

Looking forward to this journey.

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