Year 5

Letter 31: The Old World View

Having looked at the authentic Christian roots of the teaching of John Main and the correspondences between him and the Mystics, I would like to explore more the actual practice of meditation and w

Letter 30: Transformation, the essence of meditation

One of the most important correspondences we have seen between the teaching of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, The Cloud of Unknowing, Meister Eckhart and John Main is the emphasis on lett

Letter 29: Meister Eckhart and the Darkness of God

Meister Eckhart’s teaching and that of The Cloud of Unknowinghave much in common.

Letter 28: Meister Eckhart and Detachment

To understand Meister Eckhart’s emphasis on “detachment” it is important to keep in mind that he distinguishes the two different ways of being we have explored.

Letter 27: Meister Eckhart and our Divine centre

We heard in The Cloudthat what we need to do is to pray “with a gentle stirring of love, desiring him for his own sake and not his gifts”.

Letter 26: Meister Eckhart

“Meister Eckhart is one of the foremost spiritual guides for our time.

Letter 25: The Cloud of Unknowing and Love

In their emphasis on the primacy of Love John Main and the author of The Cloudfollow Jesus’ teaching in the Synoptic Gospels: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all

Letter 24: The Cloud of Unknowing

The full title of The Cloud of Unknowing is:

Letter 23: Mystical prayer in the 14th century

We have looked at the flowering of mystical prayer in the 3/4thcentury that resonated with John Main and led him to the Christian form of meditation, the apophatic way of prayer.

Letter 22: Meditation and Community

We have looked at the influence on John Main of the teaching of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, in particular Evagrius of Pontus and John Cassian, Celtic spirituality, St Benedict and the writings