Essays On The Christian Contemplative Journey

NEW  Critical Questions in Christian Contemplative Practice

The Readings below come from the
following two online books:

From St. John of the Cross to Us: The Story of a 400 Year Long Misunderstanding and What it Means for the Future of Christian Mysticism Complete Book Online

St. John of the Cross and Dr. C.G. Jung: Christian Mysticism in the Light of Jungian Psychology Complete Book Online

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Dreaming of a Spiritual Community?


Wisdom and St. Louis de MontfortEssay

Lost Treasures: 17th Century Mystical Texts

Lost Treasures: John of the Cross in Mexico

Sayings of St. Teresa of Avila on the Beginning of Infused Contemplation, compiled by Joseph Patchett, OCDS

James Cowan on John of the Cross

An Interview with James Cowan, Australian Novelist and Poet, about his new book on St. Anthony

Climbing Mount Toubkal by James Cowan


Modern Attempts to Renew the Life of Prayer and Contemplation

Questions at the Heart of the Renewal of
Christian Mysticism:A Survey

Christian Contemplation Today: Reading

Christian Spirituality in the 21st Century: Essay

Questions about Centering Prayer: Discussion

Questions about Centering Prayer II:Discussion

Visit the Shalomplace Discussion on Centering Prayer

Thomas Keating and Ruth Burrows: Reading

Silence and Stillness in Prayer: The Message of Dom John Main by Paul Harris: Essay

The Charismatic Movement: Reading

An Open Letter to Catholic Charismatics: Discussion


Faith, Darkness and the Life of Prayer

A Psychological Dark Night: Reading

The Way of Faith: Reading

Darkness and the Life of Prayer: Essay

Is it Depression, or is it the
Loss of the Affective Ego Leading to Spiritual Gain?

Dark Nights, Depression and the Loss of the Affective Ego: Discussion


Spiritual Experiences and Their Dangers

Extraordinary Experiences: Essay

Contemplative Questions: Discussion

A Spiritual Odyssey: A Story

A Cautionary Note on Seeking Experiences

Psychic Energy andContemplation: Reading

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction: A Contemporary Experience, and an Interview with Don Bisson

Beginners and Contemplatives: Reading

A Healing Ministry - Nancy Lane: A Story

Psychological Types and Spiritual Direction: Reading

Spiritual Direction, Community and Type: Reading


Christian Contemplation and Eastern Enlightenment. See: East-West Contemplative Dialogue


The Life of Prayer and Contemplation, and Lifestyle

Amour Fou: Sex, Marriage and Contemplation: Essay

Two Secrets That Can Transform
Your Marriage: Essay



Back Issues of the Christian Prayer and Contemplation Forum. (We have stopped publishing a print version of the Forum Newsletter and we are putting online new contributions as they come in.)

Links and Resources




Contemplative: Autobiography of the Early Years
Spiral bound manuscript (2004), 200 pages

An excerpt from the introduction to the book:
"This book is an account of my spiritual journey from birth to seventeen. Since my book The Path to No-Self, begins at age seventeen, the present book covers the earlier years and my initial steps in the contemplative path. The purpose of this writing is both to give this background and give witness to God’s work in a single soul. Since God is at work in every soul, it is up to each of us to give our own account, no one else can do this for us."

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Essays on the Christian Contemplative Journey
Spiral bound manuscript (2007), 179 pages

Essays include:
The Spiritual Journey Recapitulates the History of Religion ○ Cessation of Self  ○  Nonduality ○ Mystical Theology and No-Self ○ Image and Likeness ○ Apatheia ○ Means-End ○ The Ox Herding Pictures ○ The Eucharist, A Christian Path ○ "What is Self?" - a Research Paper ○ Christ as the Definition of "Non-duality"

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Forcing the Fit
Spiral-bound manuscript (2008), 122 pages

Bernadette addresses erroneous interpretations of her work by three authors: A.H. Almaas, James Marion and Jim Arraj. Also included: "A Case of Plagiarism".

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Latest Book by Bernadette  The Real Christ

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