Real: Essays on the Teachings of a Master
Publishing, 1995. 120 pp.
rare essays on the teachings of German spiritual teacher and transpersonal
psychologist, Karlfried Graf Durckheim. These writings from primary students
of Durckheim, all key leaders in their fields.
Beyond Within: Initiation into Meditation
Press 1992 ISBN: 0870292471
A practical guide to transforming meditation. Translated from the original
This is not a book, but the utterance of a continual search verified through
experience. These are the words of a life. More than thirty years ago,
the decisive call came and there was no turning back:"Deep within,
you are someone entirely different..." It was an explosion! But the
Way still had to be found. The stages succeeded one another, but always
and obstinately in the same direction: contemplative Silence. Here alone
are we placed before the power of the call and the depths of its promises.
We human beings are an abyss of dazzling mystery who come to self-realization
only in and through contemplation, and no action can replace it. A person's
entire being and behavior depend directly and completely on this beyond
within... Such a conviction came through the most personal experiences,
in solitude and in the desert. It was unique. And the more it became unique,
the more it opened upon the universal. Our Love, that great Silent One
beyond all words of love, first showed it to us; beginning with our wedding,
it has penetrated step by step toward a sharing in meditation which has
never ceased. This has become our daily bread. Now we share it with hundreds
of people who come from all spiritual, cultural, and geographic horizons
searching for the Essential. Bethanie, Center of Hesychast Meditation,
Bible and Tradition located near Metz in eastern France, is the fruit
of this experience.
A practical guide and treasure house of wisdom
The reader will find here the nuts and bolts of practical application,
from postures to hand positions, from beginning to advanced. Just as valuable
is the connection the authors make with the teachings of the early mystics
of Christianity. They present an experiential tradition virtually lost
to the West after the schism between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.
Yet any seeker after higher consciousness or encounter with the divine
will benefit from this book. It is based on many years of training, experience
and teaching. The authors are among the most important spiritual directors
in Europe. Highly recommended for those who seek to unite with the reality
of the sacred.
Spiritual Wisdom and Practices of Early Christianity
presentation of the original essence of Christianity and its practices
aimed at spiritual transformation. Translated from the original French.
The world has forgotten silence. Yet it is in silence that the world has
its origin and its end. God is also silence and, since we are in His image,
the depth of our being is silence. This explains the rise of anguish and
fear of death at the heart of the noise which reigns in the cities and
now reaches the most distant countryside and the last corners of our forests.
Technology in its varied forms never ceases to invade everything and slows
down for nothing. Tormented by the unconquerable yearning for our original
silence, people of our time are beginning to escape into the deserts,
in the retreats of monasteries or in exotic vacations, the symbols of
a lost world. Faced with this general asphyxiation, it is important to
have these breaths of fresh air in order to survive in the short term.
But in the long term, we must learn to live fully in each moment and not
only during certain spiritual experiences.
An eloquent interpretation of Christian transformation
The authors make available in this book their own discovery of Christianity
as the tradition which bears witness to the New Covenant which God has
written on the hearts of believers. Human beings will no longer need to
teach each other about God, for He will reveal Himself in their hearts
(Jeremiah 31). The translator, Theodore J. Nottingham, has given to the
French text such English idiom that one meets the authors as honored members
of both the English-speaking community and of the Christian spiritual
community from whose experience they write so eloquently.
Dr. Charles Ashanin, PhD
Prayer of Jesus, Prayer of the Heart
Inner Life Publications ISBN: 0963818120
classic on early Christian spirituality
A classic on
early Christian spirituality. The prayer of Jesus differs from all other
Christian prayers in that it leads the supplicant into the presence of
God, seeking to enter into the very heart of God, so that his or her soul
may find consolation in divine mercy. The producers of this special book
deserve much credit for its addition to the spiritual literature available
in English. Charles B. Ashanin, Ph.D.
As long as we pray only with the intellect, we will never experience a
personal encounter with God, nor with anything else. At the beginning,
the intellect can follow the movement of the air to fix itself on the
heart until it remains there one day without effort. Usually, unless we
are blessed with exceptional grace, the invocation of the Name is at first
external: we pronounce it with our lips and vocal cords; then it penetrates
in the intellect to become mental: we pronounce it without the lips or
the participation of the vocal cords; then it is internalized by descending
into the heart where its repetition is done more and more spontaneously
and without effort of the will. Finally, at the last stage, we are entirely
seized by grace which is now the author of the prayer, filling the heart
with love and light.
This book changed my life.
This book changed my life. It introduced me to the ancient spiritual tradition
of the Christian faith that has been virtually lost to the West for the
last thousand years. At the heart of "hesychast" (inner tranquility)teachings
is the Prayer of the Heart, a method of ceaseless conscious awareness
of the Divine Presence. This consciousness to the Holy in every moment
is the response to the admonition to "seek first the Kingdom."
This book offers a practical guide for the application of the Prayer to
one's daily life. It is written by people who live this spirituality with
deep authenticity. Their experience is universal and of immense value
to all people seeking inner awakening
excellent tutorial on the Jesus Prayer
Excellent for those searching for a means of learning continual prayer.
Having experienced the joy of continual prayer for almost four years,
I found explanations for things I have experienced during prayer and assistance
in perfecting the prayer form. Some of the terminology in this book may
make conservatives a little nervous, but there is nothing contrary to
the teachings of Jesus or the Catholic Church in it. The book is an excellent
source for those inquiring about this ancient Christian prayer form. It
will change your life!
review of the British Orthodox Church
The opening chapter offers a wonderful tour through Old and New Testaments
on the power of the Name of God flowering into fullness in the holy Name,
Jesus. What a testimony of love for the divine Name by patriarchs, prophets,
apostles is here. The next chapter moves on through the New Testament
and the early Christian centuries: Hermas, Origen, Ephrem the Syrian…
But as the authors point out their “goal here is not to exhaust
this immense outpouring which clearly shows that it is the same faith
found in the Acts of the Apostles which continues to make its way down
through the centuries. What is important is not so much the scholarship
as the need to quench our thirst for prayer today at the source of the
masters of yesterday. For them, the power of God is truly present in the
name of Jesus. The invocation acts in the manner of a sacrament with divinizing
quote basically sums up the book. It is not unscholarly – it just
doesn’t flaunt its scholarship for that is not its aim. Its aim
is to inspire, to fan into flame the spark of prayer – in the authors’
own words: “We have dared to write a book on the Prayer of Jesus
because we are certain that it will become one of the most important keys
to the rediscovery of the first spark of early Christianity.” This
is a book written out of love, humility and “fiery poetry”
times that love and fiery poetry brings forth delightful and memorable
verbal imagery: “we must begin, according to the invitation of Christ
Himself, by descending into the crypt of our heart where the divine spark
is found which, in solitude, can turn into fire.”
other times it is demanding and powerfully challenging: “The justificiation
of “lack of time” does not work here: the prayer is much more
nourishing than sleep . Recent research tells us that a half hour of meditation
is equal to three hours of sleep… we can discover with surprise,
if we take up the Prayer of Jesus in all our empty moments – travel,
dinner, pauses in the day… to what extent these times add up and
of what extraordinary fecundity they are!”
authors offer helpful instruction on a variety of physical postures yet
do not over-insist on any particular one but allow freedom. They offer
helpful practical insight into the practice of the prayer.
sum up, this is quite simply a wonderful book on the Jesus Prayer. To
any and all who love the Name of Jesus I thoroughly recommend this volume.
When I say it is inspiring, I know whereof I speak, for it inspired me
enough to pray the Jesus Prayer (however feebly) at the dentist while
having a tooth extracted!