The Contemplative Dimensions of Spiritual Direction and Companionship – with Dr. James Finley

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This 1 hr, 45 minute presentation with Dr. James Finley was recorded on October 24, 2023.

The Contemplative
Dimensions of Spiritual Direction and Companionship

with Dr. James Finley


Dr. James Finley

Date and Time

Recorded on October 24, 2023



Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes (due to Breakout Rooms which are not part of the Recording)


In the first of a series of periodic addresses to the SDI community on spiritual direction and companionship, Jim Finley will speak to the contemplative and mystical roots of our calling, and why they are so important. In our time together Jim Finley will begin by helping us to understand and appreciate the contemplative dimensions of the gentle art of spiritual direction. We will then turn to passages in the writings of the mystics that help us to discern the signs that in our contemplative sensitives are leading us and those coming to us for spiritual direction into more mystical, non-dual states of experiencing God’s presence in our lives. We will reflect on passages in the writings of the mystics that offer trustworthy guidance in learning from God how to cooperate with God’s transformative divinizing dimensions of spiritual awakening and fulfillment. We will end by noting the connection between mystical awakenings, social justice, the corporate works of mercy and the holiness of everyday life. Time will be given for questions and discussion of the themes presented.

This webinar conversation will cover:


The webinar series will run on October 24, 2023, 1PM Seattle/Los Angeles, 3 PM Chicago, 4 PM New York, 9 PM London; October 25: 4 AM Hong Kong, 6 AM Melbourne, Australia.

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But if that timing doesn’t work, you can enjoy the webinar any time you like.

Each session is recorded so you can watch at your convenience.


Dr. James Finley

Student of Thomas Merton and clinical psychologist, Dr. James Finley teaches how connecting to our Divine indwelling can transcend fear and shame and awaken to our True Self. A faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, he is the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere and The Contemplative Heart, and the host of CAC’s podcast Turning to the Mystics.

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