Eleven Contemplations

Beverly Lanzetta Lectures

Our deep self longs for the silence and stillness that comes from contemplation. The Eleven Contemplations speak to this longing. May they help on your journey to reap the harvest of a contemplative heart. “What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.” – Meister Eckhart

Mystical Union of Ibn Al-‘Arabi

Beverly Lanzetta Lectures

This month’s talk is on the stages of mystical annihilation or fana in the thought of Ibn al-‘Arabi.  One of the most influential mystics in the history of Sufism, Arabi was born in Spain to a religious family in 560/1160, and at an early age was singled out for his mystical wisdom. In subsequent years, …

Christian Mysticism

Beverly Lanzetta Lectures

Click for study guide to July’s Podcast. The depth and scope of Christian mysticism is so vast that it is not possible to cover its history and development, or the many mystic scholars and practitioners in any systematic way in a short period. Instead, my intention in this lecture is to speak about the implications …

Living Without Why

Beverly Lanzetta Lectures

The title of this month’s podcast is “Living Without Why”, a phrase taken from the great 14th century Dominican mystic, Meister Eckhart. The talk examines some of the characteristics of mystical union. What does it feel like?  What does it do inside of us?  What kind of life do we live form that place? Once we have …

Mystical Anthropology

Beverly Lanzetta Lectures

The title of this month’s podcast is: A Mystical Anthropology or Who Are We in God’s Eyes? In this talk, I address several core insights of Christian Mysticism: The divine and eternal Presence of God in the ground of the soul; the inseparable unity of God and the soul; the transformation and deep pain that …