The Other Side of Silence: Meditation for the Twenty-First Century

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Paulist Press, 1997 - Psychology - 396 pages
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"Many times I had to lay it aside my desire to share int he author's experience of meditation became intense in the reading". -- James McFeely, Parabola

"Kelsey offers a down-to-earth manual demonstrating the possibility of encounter with God". -- Christian Century

Twenty years ago, The Other Side of Silence was published, the first book to join Christian meditation with Jungian psychology. Selling a phenomenal 130,000 copies, this formative book rescued a whole generation that "could not meditate" and showed it how to pray. While other volumes have gone on to cover the same territory, Kelsey's book remains undisputedly the most important. This revised edition incorporates the remarkable insights of Kelsey' additional twenty years of wisdom, twenty years of practicing meditation, and the wealth of knowledge behind the dozens of books he's written since then. It is a tribute to his entire career.

 

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I read an earlier edition. The reliance on Jungian frames restricted the exploration for me, reducing the topic too much. The final section had some nice materials suitable for meditation.

Contents

Introduction
1
Part One A Basic Perspective
7
Encountering the Divine
9
Intimacy Art and Meditation
20
Part Two The Basic Climate for Meditation
37
The Climate of Meditation
39
The Spiritual World as the Souls Soil
42
Humankinds Need for the Holy
56
Time
107
Recovering the Spiritual Way
120
Aids in the Practice of Silence
139
Silence Mysticism and Religious Experience
159
Exploring the Nature of the Spiritual World
205
Stepping into
224
A Checklist for the Venture Inward
241
Putting Imagination to Work
262

To Whom Do We Pray?
76
The Creative Power of Love
83
A Word of Warning and Encouragement
92
Part Three Preparations for the Inward Journey
105

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About the author (1997)

Morton Kelsey, Episcopal priest, counselor, and teacher formerly at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of over twenty books, including Reaching; God, Dreams and Revelation; and Christianity As Psychology.

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