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The Spiritual Foundations of Healing

Broadcast on June 26, 2023
With James Finley, PhD
Hosted by James Twyman

James Finley, PhD, will reveal the healing effects of learning to live a more contemplative way of life, as you discover how to deepen your experience of (and response to) God's presence in your life. James will share his own healing journey — from childhood experiences of trauma that led him to living for six years as a cloistered monk, guided by Thomas Merton, to his nearly thirty years of learning from people who have shared their own healing journies with him in psychotherapy.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Passages in Thomas Merton's writings help you recognize moments you're graced with intimate tastes of God's sustaining oneness 
  • How to more habitually abide in the depths fleetingly glimpsed in your moments of spiritual awakening
  • Ways to heal the suffering that's found its way into your mind and heart, by drawing upon your intimate experience of God 
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James Finley, PhD

Core Teacher at the Center for Action and Contemplation

James Finley, PhD, lived as a monk for nearly six years at the Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. He then became a clinical psychologist, working primarily with adult survivors of trauma who wanted their spirituality to be a resource in their healing.  For nearly thirty years he's led weekend contemplative retreats in the United States and Canada. Author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere... The Contemplative Heart... Christian Meditation... and several audio-video sets including Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate... Jesus and Buddha... Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere... and Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom: Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go. In his role as a teacher at the Center for Action and Contemplation founded by Father Richard Rohr, he is host of the podcast Turning to the Mystics. His new book The Healing Path: A Memoir and an Invitation has recently been released.

James Finley, PhD