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Everyone's a Mystic: The Down-to-Earth Mystic Brother Lawrence and His Easy Path

Broadcast on August 16, 2022
With Carmen Acevedo Butcher, PhD
Hosted by Mike Morrell

During a 17th-century marked by plague, war, & poverty, disabled veteran and kind mystic Brother Lawrence teaches an easy, portable, and gentle practice of turning your attention to love to rest in the True Self, to experience unshakable joy & transformative divine feminine energy. Award-winning translator Carmen Acevedo Butcher, PhD, shares wisdom from her new translation of his spiritual classic, Practice of the Presence, and helps us come to know this humble monastery cook and sandal repairer.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How to embrace your sacred self and the gentleness of Love as your home, through this timeless contemplative path
  • How Brother Lawrence's portable practice of the presence prayer helps you befriend Divine Feminine energy for healing
  • The friar's easy, portable practice of the presence to strengthen your calmness, self-compassion, and love for others
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Carmen Acevedo Butcher, PhD

Author, Teacher, Poet & Award-Winning Translator of Spiritual Texts

Carmen Acevedo Butcher, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, educator, poet, and translator of spiritual texts. Her dynamic work around the evolution of language and the necessity of just and inclusive language has garnered interest from various media, including the BBC and NPR’s Morning Edition. From a young age, she was drawn to Brother Lawrence’s “practicing the presence” prayer, and with degrees in medieval studies and a linguistics background, Carmen brings history to life and makes its wisdom widely accessible and useful for healing, growth, and peace. She is the award-winning translator of classics such as Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence… The Cloud of Unknowing, an anonymous work of Christian mysticism… Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader… and A Little Daily Wisdom: Christian Women Mystics. Her teaching reinvigorates the timeless insights of the humble French friar Brother Lawrence, The Cloud’s engaging contemplative teacher Anonymous, the creative genius Hildegard, and the deeply loving Julian of Norwich, among others. A Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year and Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Carmen currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley in the college writing programs.

Carmen Acevedo Butcher, PhD