Category Archives: Contemplative spirituality

A Faithful Friend

As we drove to Ohio for Katharine Jacobsen’s memorial service, my husband and I remembered her loving friendship and the radiant, welcoming smile with which she greeted us when we came to visit. Katharine and her husband, Ken, had invited … Continue reading

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Opening to Divine Guidance

We each have an amazing inner connection to divine wisdom and guidance, always available. The challenge is to turn our attention toward it and stay focused long enough to receive benefit. Here is a link to a guided meditation to help us focus on situations in our lives that require more understanding. Continue reading

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Prayer of the World

Each time I’ve seen the Prayer of the World, I’ve felt shaken out of a certain dull habituation with this world to see more clearly God’s awesome handiwork. Each time it has been breathtaking to recognize more clearly the wisdom and healing power present in Creation. The world is alive to its sacred source and it is calling us to wake up to the sacredness of our own nature and to our interconnection with Spirit and with all created things. Its message for humanity is an urgent one, calling us to awaken. Continue reading

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Vistas From Inner Stillness

When is it fruitful to share our deepest spiritual experiences, and when is it better to keep them close, to ponder them only in our hearts? Vistas From Inner Stillness raises the question. In it, author Richard L. Walker describes encountering God in some awesome natural settings, when his mind was in deep stillness. These experiences transformed his faith in the presence of God to an experience of that divine reality. Continue reading

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Shifting to the Heart

“Meeting for worship is a Quaker technology for shifting levels of consciousness,” Bill Taber sometimes explained. Descriptions of gathered worship reveal that the divine Presence is revealed when the mind is still, and this opens the heart.
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The Fruit of Long Labor

For decades I’ve dreamed of finishing a book that would encourage others and empower their spiritual journey. Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey finally arrived on my doorstep the day the cherry tree blossomed. Continue reading

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Streams of Living Water

In April 2015, Pendle Hill conference center offered an extraordinary opportunity for a merging of  the Christian contemplative tradition and the faith and practice of Quakers. Fifty people desiring to immerse themselves more fully into the waters of the Spirit … Continue reading

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