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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.
Alice G. Walton, “The Science of Spirituality,” a psychologist and a neuroscientist explain being ‘in the flow,’ Forbes, August 22, 2017.
“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.
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.
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.