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James Finley

James Finley left home at the age of 18 for the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. He later earned degrees from the University of Akron, Saint John College, and the Fuller Theological Seminary. Today James Finley is a...

Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom

Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go

James Finley

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The Teachings of Meister Eckhart: An Invitation to Experience God in Every Moment

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Course objectives:

  • Discuss the mystical teachings of Meister Eckhart—the vision and path aspects of non-dual consciousness, or sense of oneness that pervades all of our lives
  • Explain how the soul, as the interiority of ourselves, is capable of recognizing both the generosity of God, as well as inherent nothingness
  • Define the three ways of being a human being, three states of consciousness, or ways of being in the world—the life of the natural person, the human being illumined by faith, and the awakened path of seeing the intimacy of the unseen
  • Describe the importance of suffering, as well as the path of detachment, leading us toward disidentification—the path of inner liberation through the transformation of consciousness
  • Discuss surrender, silence, stillness in relationship to Eckhart's teachings—living the immediacy without a why and coming home to a state of wonderment

The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart was the most brilliant Christian scholar of his day, but he was also legendary for the way that he opened listeners to the direct experience of God during his public talks. Today, his written wisdom remains alive as ever, ready to illuminate us.

With Meister Eckhart’s Living Wisdom, James Finley, one of today’s best-known teachers of the Christian contemplative tradition, invites us into Eckhart’s insights in the same way that this luminary teacher delighted in sharing them—through the spoken word.


“The eye with which I see God is the eye with which God sees me.”

If the Divine dwells in all things, including ourselves, then why do we experience His presence only in fleeting moments, if at all? How do we let go of the illusions that imprison us to discover direct and felt liberation—not conceptually or in the afterlife—but right here and now? These were the questions that compelled Meister Eckhart to reflection, spiritual practice, and discovery.

In this in-depth learning program, James Finley guides us through teachings and meditations for bringing Meister Eckhart’s wisdom into our daily lives—to find for ourselves “the indestructible joy that that transcends even death,” and to experience God not as a separate being, but as the loving eternal center that sustains and embraces each of us and all of creation.


Highlights


  • Meister Eckhart’s vision for finding God
  • Stillness, the intimacy of detachment, and the path of inner liberation
  • The transformation of consciousness
  • The fathomless depths of God
  • Surrendering to the unfolding, and opening our hearts
  • Coming to a state of wonderment
  • The birth of the Word in the soul
  • Eckhartian meditation practice
  • How to read Meister Eckhart
  • Living the immediacy, and breaking through into the Godhead
  • The life of contemplation in action

Product details

CD:
Contents 6 CDs (6 hours, 21 minutes)
Date Published June 01, 2014
ISBN-10 1-62203-190-3
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-190-0
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Codes 3941d, f3941d, af03941d
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Contents Audio download (6 hours, 21 minutes)
Date Published June 01, 2014
Product Codes 3941w, f3941w, af03941w
CE Credits:
Contents 6.5 CE credits
Date Published June 01, 2014
Product Codes 4478, e4478, ce04478

Customer Reviews

By Marietta D
Date Added: Sunday 20 July 2014
It was the best explanation of Meister Eckhart that I have ever heard. James Finley dealt with this profound subject matter with intelligence, clarity and wit. It's been a joy to hear him.
Since I bought the CD I've been listening to him every day. Now I wish he'd do more with other mystics as well. His presentation not only reveals a keen mind, but a compassionate and loving heart. Presentations like this are not easy to come by. Congratulations to Sounds True for making this happen.
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By Allison F
Date Added: Sunday 6 July 2014
James Finley is one of the deepest and most transforming work that I have had the pleasure to download from sounds true. I am still working on the transmission about Meister Eckhart and will be for some time. I am very grateful for this and Finley's incredible soft tone of wisdom.
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By Peter
Date Added: Tuesday 24 June 2014
I concur with KW’s review, although I found in this instance the reading speed to be somewhat faster than Jim’s normal ‘retreat’ speed. This is probably because it is a studio recording. However, as each segment is about 10 minutes, I found it easy to review and eventually either got used to the speed or James slowed down. In all, through his various materials, James has provided a well packed lunch for the mystic pilgrim’s backpack, as he/she sets off in search of ‘the palace of nowhere’ and looks over his/her shoulder as James waves a fond farewell. Many thanks Jim.
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By KW
Date Added: Saturday 14 June 2014
Here is Finley being the Master that he truly is. Here Master Finley hits the ball out of park, where it belongs. I've been his student for 20 years, and his teachings in this series is his magnum opus. Finley here honors the persistence of divine creativeness and, accordingly, speaks to the conscious balance between contemplative tradition in the larger sense — divinity working at large, realized here in Meister Eckhart and his ever present originality offered to the living generation. In short it's timeless...and I find NOTHING in this that disappoints! It's a beautiful work, inspired, and the best teaching I've ever heard.
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