Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual JourneyMarcelle Martin's new book has just been published! It explores ten elements of the spiritual experience of Quakers, both in the 17th century and in our time. It makes a great resource for study groups to explore the experience of these elements in our own lives. Available from Inner Light Books. For more information, go to the Publications page. * * * * * * * * Marcelle is available to lead workshops and retreats and to give talks. See the Teaching and Upcoming Workshops page to learn more.
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“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.
The ten elements of the Quaker spiritual journey which I have been describing in this blog are all elements of that process of spiritual rebirth which the first Quakers courageously witnessed not only in their preaching and writing, but more importantly, in their transformed and transforming lives. Continue reading
After several years of mostly solitary and intensely inward spiritual experience, I began to worship with Quakers. At that time I dreamed I had been swimming laps in a big pool, developing strength, and now I was being put on … Continue reading
Be still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10 Part Four in a series about The Elements of the Quaker Spiritual Journey. In my early twenties, my longing to understand the truth about life impelled me to seek. I … Continue reading
Part Three in a series about The Elements of the Quaker Spiritual Journey. A deep longing to know God’s ways and the desire to overcome sin moved those who became the first Quakers. Like many of us today, they also … Continue reading
I planned to introduce here what I’ve been learning from early Friends about the Quaker spiritual journey. In the meantime, a local train accident has reminded me of a series of dreams about trains. I’ll share them with you, both to introduce something key about the … Continue reading