The Cloud of Unknowing

and The Book of Privy Counseling

Author: William Johnston

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0307809056

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING and THE BOOK OF PRIVY COUNSELING are the first explorations in the English language of the soul’s quest for God. Written in Middle English by an unknown fourteenth-century mystic, THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING expresses with beauty a message that has inspired such great religious thinkers as St. John of the Cross and Teilhard de Chardin, as well as countless others in search of God. Offering a practical guide to the life of contemplation, the author explains that ordinary thoughts and earthly concepts must be buried beneath a “cloud of forgetting,” while our love must rise toward a God hidden in the “cloud of unknowing.” THE BOOK OF PRIVY COUNSELING, also included in this volume, is a short and moving text on the way to enlightenment through a total loss of self and a consciousness only of the divine. William Johnston, an authority on fourteenth-century mysticism and spirituality, provides an accessible discussion of the works, detailing what is known about the history of the texts and their author. In a new foreword, Huston Smith draws on his extensive knowledge of the varieties of religious experience to illuminate the relevance of these works for contemporary readers.

The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: Evelyn Underhill,Aeterna Press

Publisher: Aeterna Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 90

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GHOSTLY friend in God, thou shalt well understand that I find, in my boisterous beholding, four degrees and forms of Christian men’s living: and they be these, Common, Special, Singular, and Perfect. Three of these may be begun and ended in this life; and the fourth may by grace be begun here, but it shall ever last without end in the bliss of Heaven. And right as thou seest how they be set here in order each one after other; first Common, then Special, after Singular, and last Perfect, right so me thinketh that in the same order and in the same course our Lord hath of His great mercy called thee and led thee unto Him by the desire of thine heart. Aeterna Press

The Cloud of Unknowing

A New Translation

Author: N.A

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834823662

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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This anonymous fourteenth-century text is the glory of English mysticism, and one of the most practical and useful guides to finding union with God ever written. Carmen Acevedo Butcher’s new translation is the first to bring the text into a modern English idiom—while remaining strictly faithful to the meaning of the original Middle English. The Cloud of Unknowing consists of a series of letters written by a monk to his student or disciple, instructing him (or her) in the way of Divine union. Its theology is presented in a way that is remarkably easy to understand, as well as practical, providing advice on prayer and contemplation that anyone can use. Previous translations of the Cloud have tended to veil its intimate, even friendly tone under medieval-sounding language. Carmen Butcher has boldly brought the text into language as appealing to modern ears as it was to its original readers more than five hundred years ago. Also included in the volume is the companion work attributed to the same anonymous author, The Book of Privy Counsel, which contains further advice for approaching God in a way that emphasizes real experience rather than human knowledge. To learn more about the author, visit her website: carmenbutcher.com

The Complete Cloud of Unknowing

with the Letter of Privy Counsel

Author: N.A

Publisher: Paraclete Press

ISBN: 1612617174

Category: Religion

Page: 340

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Central to the Christian mystical tradition is the inspired work of the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing. Rich with insights and perceptions of the obscurity and “unknowability” of God, this work reveals God as being on an entirely different plane of existence from human beings—so different that time-bound human language is inadequate to describe God exhaustively or accurately. Intellect and emotion both fail in seeking God, who can only be encountered by rejecting all common earthly means in a “cloud of forgetting” and the discovery of Godself in the dark “cloud of unknowing” that can be pierced only with a “lance of longing love.” Now, we finally have a translation that captures all of this beauty and complexity, without minimizing the nuances, all of which are explained with extensive introductions and accompanying notes. "If I could keep with me only two books and a journal, this book would be one of the books. As far as I’m concerned it’s the most important book (and among the most influential) on Christian prayer in the last two millennia. I'm delighted to endorse this fine new translation and commentary.”—The Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman, University Presbyterian Church, Fresno, CA , author of Beyond Chaos: Living the Christian Family in a World Like Ours and Returning to the Center: Living Prayer in a Distracting World "The Complete Cloud of Unknowing includes two classics of medieval Christian contemplative spirituality — essential reading for anyone seeking to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of silent prayer. They are rich texts, full of nuanced wisdom that often gets lost in modern translations. Father John-Julian has captured the beauty, humor and literary elegance of the original versions, but also has supplemented his translation with detailed notes that convey the subtle spiritual insight that makes these works required reading. I'm excited about this book — it's a title I will recommend both to beginners and to longstanding students of The Cloud.” —Carl McColman, author of Answering the Contemplative Call and The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader

The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: Thomas H. Cook

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0156032805

Category: Fiction

Page: 310

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Horrified by the suspicious drowning death of her schizophrenic son, Diana exchanges e-mails with her schizophrenic brother that explore clues from ancient murders in order to build a case against Diana's geneticist husband, who never made peace with the boy's illness. By the author of Red Leaves. Reprint.

The Pursuit of Wisdom and Other Works

Author: Author of The cloud of unknowing,James Walsh

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809129720

Category: Religion

Page: 325

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Included here are modern English translations of The Pursuit of Wisdom and five other essays by the unknown 14th-century mystic who wrote The Cloud of Unknowing.

A Little Daily Wisdom

Christian Women Mystics

Author: Carmen Acevedo Butcher,Phyllis Tickle

Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)

ISBN: 9781557255860

Category: Religion

Page: 311

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Through this book of daily readings, discover an astonishing view of a God who is tender, nurturing, forgiving, and as close as breath.

The Luminous Dusk

Finding God in the Deep, Still Places

Author: Dale C. Allison

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802832180

Category: Nature

Page: 178

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Allison's six elegant and profound essays call Christians to a life of sustained wonder, open to God and connected to the creation, a life that chooses divine ascent over culture's reflexive mediocrity.

The Path to No-Self

Life at the Center

Author: Bernadette Roberts

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791411414

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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This book shows how, once we have adjusted to the unitive state, the spiritual journey moves on to yet another more final ending. In our major religious traditions, the outstanding milestone in the spiritual journey is the permanent, irreversible transcendence of the self center or ego. The fact that a great deal has been written about the journey to this point means that many people have come this far. But what, we might ask, comes next? Looking ahead we see no path; even in the literature there seems to be nothing beyond an abiding awareness of oneness with God. Had this path been mapped in the literature, then at least we would have known that one existed; but where no such account exists, we assume there is no path and that union of self and God is the final goal to be achieved. The main purpose of The Path to No-Self is to correct this assumption. It verifies that a path beyond union does indeed exist, that the eventual falling away of the unitive state happens as the culmination of a long experiential journey beyond the state. The author shows that a path exists between the transcendence of the ego (self-center), which begins the unitive state, and the later falling away of all self (the true self), which ends the unitive state. As a first hand account, The Path to No-Self will be of interest to those with similar experiences, or those searching for a better understanding of their own spiritual journey. Since the journey is concerned with the effects of grace on human consciousness, the book will be of interest to those psychologists concerned with the transformational process.

The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Treatises [The Epistle of Privy Counsel]

Author: Justin McCann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781614275831

Category: Religion

Page: 252

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2014 Reprint of 1952 Revised Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. "The Cloud of Unknowing" is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. Along with "The Cloud" were written six accompanying treaties. Chief among these is "Epistle of Privy Counsel" which is also reproduced in this text. "The Cloud" is a spiritual guide on contemplative prayer. The underlying message of this work proposes that the only way to truly "know" God is to abandon all preconceived notions and beliefs or "knowledge" about God and be courageous enough to surrender your mind and ego to the realm of "unknowingness," at which point, you begin to glimpse the true nature of God. The book counsels a young student to seek God, not through knowledge and intellection (faculty of the human mind), but through intense contemplation, motivated by love, and stripped of all thought. This is brought about by putting all thoughts and desires under a "cloud of forgetting," and thereby piercing God's cloud of unknowing with a "dart of longing love" from the heart. This form of contemplation is not directed by the intellect, but involves spiritual union with God through the heart.

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality

Author: Carl McColman

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 1571746242

Category: Religion

Page: 309

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An introduction to the mystical component of Christianity reveals its ancient traditions of meditation, philosophy, enlightenment and devotion to the blissful experience of a Divine presence, in a volume that combines practical instruction with historical, biographical and biblical information.

The Heart of Centering Prayer

Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice

Author: Cynthia Bourgeault

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611803144

Category: Contemplation

Page: 224

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Cynthia Bourgeault claims that the salvation Jesus taught was in fact the perception of nonduality--and she's becoming famous for how she backs up this claim quite reasonably, relying on the Bible, church fathers, and especially the Christian contemplative tradition.The notion of nondual Christianity doesn't originate with her, of course, but she's prominent as one of the more articulate voices making people aware of it today. In this new book, she teaches the basics of Centering Prayer as a way to the perception of noduality. It thus will go a bit deeper theoretically/theologically than the other numerous Centering Prayer books, while still serving as a basic introduction. And in the fascinating third part of the book, she analyzes the Christian mystical classic Cloud of Unknowing, to find in it a model for living with nondual consicousness.

The Wisdom Jesus

Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message

Author: Cynthia Bourgeault

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834823204

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.

The Mysticism of The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: William Johnston

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823220748

Category: Religion

Page: 285

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For centuries, mystics have groped for words in which to account for the supreme reality of this experience which not only illuminates a man's mind and fills his heart with new strength, but even radically transforms his whole life. All this is said in classic and unforgettable pages by TheCloud of Unknowing, the work of an anonymous fourteenth-century English writer.

Women of Wisdom

Author: Tsultrim Allione

Publisher: Shambhala

ISBN: 9781559398947

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Women of Wisdom is an exploration and celebration of the spiritual potential of all women, as exemplified by the lives of six Tibetan female mystics.

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

Author: Cynthia Bourgeault

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1561012629

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a complete guidebook for all who wish to know the practice of Centering Prayer.

What's Wrong with Mindfulness (And What Isn't)

Zen Perspectives

Author: Robert Rosenbaum,Barry Magid

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614292833

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

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Offers a perspective on what mindfulness means, its strengths, and the potential pitfalls of decontextualizing mindfulness practice.

The Path of Centering Prayer

Deepening Your Experience of God

Author: David Frenette

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1604078944

Category: Contemplation

Page: N.A

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In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayer-the silent, loving communion with the divine, beyond words or ritual. With Father Thomas Keating's book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, with The Path of Centering Prayer, Keating's senior student, friend, and advisor David Frenette reveals the profound depths of this practice, making it easier for meditators to deepen their connection with God.Beginning and experienced practitioners alike will benefit from this fresh voice, at once eloquent and clear, as they explore: The key insights and principles of Centering Prayer Guided instruction in the sacred word, sacred breath, and sacred glance practices Gentleness and openness: the way of letting go and letting be Experiencing a deeper sense of God in meditation and in everyday life Many other contemplative practices and teachings founded upon the wisdom of Fathers Thomas Keating and Thomas MertonHas your spiritual path grown routine or unfulfilling, or is it at a crossroads for new discovery? For all Christians who seek to move closer into the presence of the divine, The Path of Centering Prayer offers guidance in this rewarding and time-honored meditation practice, to help break through obstacles and illuminate the way.