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Articles

Lava Viewing Area, Pāhoa, United States. 
(Photo by Julien Millet on Unsplash)

David Steindl-Rast, “The Mystical Core of Organized Religion,” a classic on the relationship between mysticism and religion. Originally published in New Realities Vol. X No. 4 (March/April 1990): 35-37.

Materials

“UU Mystical Experiences” at the InSpirit, UUA Bookstore – UU Mystics in Community Trustee Rev. Susan Manker-Seale led the project to create this pamphlet of personal stories to illustrate encounters with the transcendent; plus, our own Trustee Rev. Lilia Cuervo also wrote one of the entries. You may read the pamphlet here.

Organizations

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society. Their tree of contemplative practices illustrates a wide range on practices to foster contemplative mind.

The Council on Spiritual Practices (CSP) supports research related to the use of entheogens and is dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred more available to more people. Regardless of your perspective on entheogens, this site has valuable resources and discussion drawn from spiritual guides, experts in the behavioral and biomedical sciences, and scholars of religion related to spirituality.

A Network for Grateful Living (Gratefulness.org) is a “global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. We hold grateful living as an engaged mindfulness practice, grounded in both wisdom and science, which supports our ability to see the wonder and opportunity in every moment, and motivates us to act boldly with love, generosity, and respect towards one another, ourselves, and the Earth.”

Institute for Mystical Experience Research and Education (IMERE), an organization that collects and publishes mystical experiences from around the world.

Mind & Life Institute has a mission to “alleviate suffering and promote flourishing by integrating science with contemplative practice and wisdom traditions.”

Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC), an organization at the University of Wales, Lampeter, which houses an archive of over 6,000 accounts of spiritual and religious experiences from around the world.

Podcasts

Encountering Silence explores the beauty and importance of silence from many angles, not just the religious/spiritual/mystical, but also reflecting on the psychology of silence, silence and the arts, silence and politics, silence and education… the list goes on. For a topic that we often don’t devote a lot of time and energy to, silence certainly has an important (if quiet!) role in all our lives.

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  1. (Here are some books that may be of interest to this group):

    My wife Diane and I have self-published a book called The Gabrielite Work – Broadband Spirituality for the 21st Century. It is an in depth description of the Gabrielite Work (which integrates teachings of past and present mystics, findings of contemporary science, and our own inspirations and resultant practices) and includes many exercises and practices. The cost is $26 (includes postage). I have written a book called Upgrading the Operating System of the Soul – A Manual of Quantum Sufism. It has a foreword by Pir Vilayat and Pir Zia helped edit the book. The book integrates findings from contemporary science including quantum physics with the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Ibn Arabi. It also includes many practices which have come through my meditations over the years. This book is available on amazon.com in paperback and also as an e-book. I have self-published another book called GPS for the Spiritual Journey which is based on a series of adult spiritual formation classes that I taught at All Saints Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi. It is an overview of the spiritual path, regardless of one’s belief system. The cost is $21 (includes postage). If you order both The Gabrielite Work – Broadband Spirituality for the 21st Century and GPS for the Spiritual Journey, the combined cost is $41 (includes postage). Please make checks out to:
    Don Weiner and send them to me at

    4505 Silver Hollow Dr
    Corpus Christi, TX 78413

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