World-Oriented Mysticism

How can mystical experiences direct us to the world and its needs?
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June 2013
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John B.
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Cobb, Jr.

The question is well formulated. Mystical experiences do not always have this effect. Some seek in mysticism an escape from the complexities, difficulties, and pressures of life in the world. And there are experiences that do constitute such an escape. In sweeping generalizations we could say that whereas the prophetic tradition directs its adherents to the problems of the external world, mystical traditions either offer inner serenity within the world or participation in something quite other than the world. The question I am asked here is one I often ask of others.

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Anand Veeraraj

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On Becoming a Mystical Progressive

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Bruce G.
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Date Delivered: 
August 13, 2006

Location: Unitarian Universalist Community of Lancaster

Genesis 28:10-17
Exodus 3:1-5
John 1:1-5, 9

Prayer of Confession for Creation Sunday

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Contributed by Brian Brandsmeier
This liturgy was written to reflect a process-relational theology.


One: Creator God, in the fullness of time you helped to bring forth the heavens and the earth. You filled the earth with plants, animals, insects, birds, rivers, fjords, and so much more.

A Blessing for the New Year

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May you grow still enough to hear the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter, so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within. May you grow still enough to hear the trickling of water seeping into the ground, so that your soul may be softened and healed, guided in its flow. May you grow still enough to hear the splintering of starlight in the winter sky and the roar at earth's fiery core. May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.

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