Look for my next book, A Theology of Love: Reimagining Christianity through “A Course in Miracles.” Out from Inner Traditions International in November The website maintained by Richard Smoley. Inner Christianity A clear-eyed but compassionate approach to the real meaning of Christian love—in all its. Richard Smoley is an author and philosopher focusing on the world’s mystical and esoteric Smoley’s second and best-known book, Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition, was published in by Shambhala Publications.

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Richard Smoley

Drawing upon a wide range of mystical and esoteric literature and practice, he shows how multidimensional is the Christian message, and how profound its understanding of the nature and purpose of the psyche.

The nature and purpose of such a work may not be immediately apparent: Or it may find itself worrying about politics, the state of the world, the fate of those far away. In Smoley was elected to the board of directors of the Swedenborg Foundation.

I christkanity had an extensive background, both by experience and by research, in what Smoley calls the western esoteric tradition. Isaac of Syria Skete, Boscobel, Wisconsin, www.

The Course, as its devotees call it, is one of the most curious phenomena of recent times. When we transgress these rules, we smolley not inflicting some injury on God; it is our own happiness that is at risk. A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. Wherever there are years and days, there are times. To put it more comprehensively still, God is the ultimate source out of which this duality of self and other arises. Love, Evil, and Forgiveness The Best of the Harvard Advocate, To someone today, the writings of the Renaissance Hermeticists may seem outmoded and bizarre.


Inner Christianity does not deny that there is an afterlife that will be shaped by our actions in the present, but it is less concerned with obtaining salvation in the future than with attaining illumination now.

Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition – Richard Smoley

Throughout our lives we are subject to conditioning of various forms: Jesus Christ himself is often regarded as an avatar — a Hindu term meaning an embodiment of the divine. Mercury, Venus, the sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Because this “ultimate source” is infinite, it is unlikely to be personal in the sense that orthodox Christianity maintains. Probably the most famous example is Shambhala, the mythical realm said by Tibetan Buddhists to exist somewhere in northern or central Asia and where enlightenment is easy to attain.

Starting in the nineteenth century, science began to show that the earth had been born not six thousand years in the past, as the Bible seemed to suggest, but billions of years ago. Inner Christianity goes beyond fundamentalism and literalism to explore what is truly meant by “the kingdom of heaven.

Each point corresponds to a state of consciousness, which in turn may be visualized as a horizontal plane. Many of these trace their lineage back to Dion Fortune, the pen name of Violet Mary Firtha Golden Dawn innwr who wrote many books on occult topics.


Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition

In the inner circle, the esoteric level, two different teachings at points A and B are not so far apart. In his introduction, Smoley says he was inspired to write this book because there were at that point no good introductions christianitt the mystical and esoteric traditions of Christianity, a situation he attempted to remedy.

I stress this point here not only because it is one of the most common traps on the spiritual path but also because it may help prevent confusion as this book progresses. Smoley’s most recent books, The Deal: Writings on an Unknown History. These beliefs, stated baldly, smolwy nonsensical.

The Best of the Harvard Advocate,a selection from the magazine that included undergraduate writings by figures such as T. Insome sixty years after the Cathars were crushed, Pope Clement V ordered the suppression of the Knights Templar, a military monastic order founded in to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land.

But even in our more open-minded era, esoteric work still requires the effort and sincerity to look within. Such is not our situation today. Click here to buy.

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