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Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom

Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go
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The Teachings of Meister Eckhart: An Invitation to Experience God in Every Moment

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.


  • 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
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    Contents 6 CDs (6 hours, 21 minutes) Audio Download (6 hours, 21 minutes)
    Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
    Product Code AF03941D AF03941W
    ISBN Number 978-1-62203-190-0 978-1-62203-232-7
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    James Finley

    About 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 husband, father, writer, and psychotherapist in private practice. His books include Merton's Palace of Nowhere and The Contemplative Heart.


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    Reviewed by Dandre
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    Finding Your Teacher

    After listening to this audio program three times, I believe I have found my Teacher! The first review I wrote disappeared, so I will just say that this description of Eckhart's work is what I have been searching for. I knew there was a mystical tradition in the Christian church but did not know how to go about finding it. Thank you to Sounds True for your spiritual partnership. Thank you to James Finley for channeling Meister Eckhart so profoundly. It has been transformative.

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    Very insightful, profound, and rich. Worth it to listen to many times.

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    A deep and insightful work

    I have listened to this book 3 times. It is emensly deep and meaningful. It is a true treasure and i highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to take a very profound and meaningful journey.

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    Reviewed by kenton
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    Superb. Excellent. Wonderful

    I have encountered no one who can lay out unsayble things like Dr. Finley. His heart, mind, and soul are in his speech, and he is so thoughtful. I am immersed currently in Eckhart studies. This teaching is simply superb and comes from a life lived with Eckhart's Sermons and teachings. Thank you so much.

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    Reviewed by Jo H.
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    Finley's presentation is exciting and provocative of thought. His sometimes repetition is helpful since he is addressing the "impossible to articulate" and so going over it several times helps me find myself within the ideas he is presenting.

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