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You are right to be very skeptical: This section contains a list of Certified Mediums who have completed the Mediumship Mentorship Program facilitated by Doreen Virtue. See what Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says about mediums. The Catholic Church has a document on "New Age" that talks about exactly this phenomenon: 2.2. What does the New Age claim to ...


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I can tell you what Catholicism has to say about it, for the most part. Though, if you're looking for some survey of western Christians to get some sense of what all of them think mysticism is, this isn't the forum for that. But, even without a poll, I can say with high confidence that most Christians, especially those from larger denominations like ...


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The Practice of the Presence of God is one of a variety of different Christian "classics" which really cross denominational boundaries (Imitation of Christ might be another). Since the truths it discusses are universal to Christianity and because there is very little in the document which must be Catholic, its benefits are generally considered to far ...


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The strictly empirical worldview seems reductionistic to thoughtful Christians (not to mention many atheists etc.) because, in their view, it fails to adequately account for phenomena such as love, beauty, reason, morality, the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics," and the like. Moreover, empiricism as a worldview seems to fail on its own terms ...


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John Hardon, S.J.'s Catholic Dictionary says this in the entry for "Eckhart": General name for the spiritual teaching of Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), the German Dominican mystic and of his followers. In 1329, Pope John XXII condemned twenty-eight of Eckhart's sentences as heretical or dangerous, e.g.: "We are totally transformed into God and changed into ...


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I suspect that John Climacus has Exodus 32 in mind:1 11 But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and ...


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As far as I can tell, the Bible mentions bells only in Exodus (chapters 28 and 39), where they formed part of the decoration of the robes of the Priests, and in Zechariah (chapter 14), where in the last verse it proclaims that the bells on horses will be engraved with "Holy is the Lord". Bell sounds can travel quite a long distance, so that the sounds you ...


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Spiritual pleasures ⋙ carnal pleasures. Yes, intellectual and especially spiritual pleasures are greater than carnal/sexual/bodily/sense pleasures, St. Thomas shows in Ia IIae, q.31, a.5. This explains what attracts the religious to leave the world by taking vows of poverty and chastity/celibacy. Spiritual pleasures more enduring Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'...


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Sanctify means to set apart, declare holy, consecrate, purify, and to separate from sin. 1 John 2:15-17, "15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the ...


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Yes, it appears to be a legitimate compilation from the writings of John Wesley. I haven't confirmed all of the many stories in Jennings' book, but I selected several and found them corroborated in other editions of Wesley's journals (which are indeed available online). Page 5, "The Woodseats' Demoniac": Source 1 Source 2 Page 37, "The Michaelmas-Day ...


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"Christ Consciousness" is a neo-pagan term used by those who don't believe that Jesus was the Christ but who attack Christianity with the purpose of diluting the word Christ through misuse, claiming that we all have a "Christ Consciousness" and that religious gurus of all religions have had this "Christ Consciousness" in some measure beyond normal people. ...


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The main problem is your friends' world views are fundamentally opposed to yours (or at least to what they understand is yours). Most "harmless" words of encouragement between Christians fall on, at best, deaf ears to someone who doesn't share your set of "givens". Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may ...


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I'm coming from a United Methodist tradition, if that makes a difference The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables. He replied in Matthew 13:11-13 (NRSV) [Jesus] answered, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an ...


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You appear to be misreading the Scripture, in order to understand a verse of Scripture we must also read and understand the other verses before and after the one we want to understand, and sometimes we even have to read and understand the Chapters before and after the one containing our verse. Sometimes we even have to understand what the entire book is ...


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The answer to your question, depends on whether or not you count the Orthodox Church among those whom you recognize as Christian. In the Orthodox Church they practice what is known as hesychasm which is supposedly a transcendental experience in which the hesychasts Transcend from the conscious ego to the Spirit ego. An ancient mystical tradition was lost ...


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I think the Biblical model of meditation is not to do with emptying your mind, but on filling your mind with the good things of God. There are plenty examples in Psalms: Ps 119: 15 I meditate on your precepts . . . Ps 119: 97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Ps 77: 12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty ...


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The Holy Ghost gives grace to help us begin to pray. "Should we surrender to that urge?" We should "pray without ceasing" (1 Thes. 5:17). Since we cannot do anything without Christ (Jn. 15:5: "without me you can do nothing"), the Holy Ghost needs to give us initial, prevenient* grace before we can even begin a good action of prayer.*"Prevenient" literally ...


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Father Romanus Cessario, O.P.'s essay, Thomas Aquinas and Vocational Discernment may be of use to you. There he argues that the Ignatian commentarial tradition deviates from a Thomistic understanding of grace and vocation. For example: Aquinas does not encourage a man to practice a “discernment” of Dominican life in order to distinguish it from other ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas writes (Summa Theologica II-II q. 83 a. 13 co.) that the effect of prayer is threefold. The first is an effect which is common to all acts quickened by charity, and this is merit. […] The second effect of prayer is proper thereto, and consists in impetration: […] The third effect of prayer is that which it produces at once; this is the ...


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The Question is When people are saved, what is God’s purpose for not sanctifying the ‘flesh’ when the spirit is reborn to prevent the struggle believers have in obeying Him? (Evangelical perspective) The flesh will not be saved, the flesh is fallen and sinful. (Romans 8:7-8 nkjv) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to ...


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To those who read the scriptures, Blessed Virgin Mary was one of those who meditated. Luke 2:51 says ".... and his mother kept all these things in her heart." (RSV) . Some other editions indeed use the word "meditated on " in lieu of "kept in mind". How would Mary have meditated on the events involving Jesus ? By sitting still for long hours ? No, a humble ...


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I'm a Catholic, so I guess you can take my words with a grain of salt, but I think the defining feature of Christian meditation is the focus on God through Grace. From my point of view, the physical techniques that the, say, Buddhists use are not wrong per se, but rather are just things humans can do to help them contemplate something. Since Buddhists and ...


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The Protestant Episcopal Church of the USA has exercises for its members to create environments in which the Spirit can flow. For instance "men's groups" which meet weekly usually for breakfast and to listen to a speaker - there is a Q&A. Many members are stimulated to give more attention to God, by meditation on the Word of God, and by mulling over ...


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This is a very difficult question to answer. There are some anti-mystic Christians that claim anybody who slightly leans to the appreciation of poetry as an evil mystic. There are also very emotional people drawn to mysticism to such a degree that they seem incapable of properly thinking through any doctrine at all. To get down to the heart of the ...


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Catholics have sacred scripture and sacred tradition which forms the magisterium -when a person believes they have received a private revelation of scripture while practicing lectio divina it can be confirmed or challenged by checking it against the magisterium, or it can also be checked against the catechism of the catholic church for a quick check--- a ...


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