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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This is not because dogmas and doctrines are of no interest to the esotericist, but because no single doctrine ever completely or satisfactorily expresses spiritual truth. Many commentators have taken serious liberties in their translations, confusing the matter of what the prophecies actually said.

Atonement is needed because at the beginning of time the Son managed to introduce a thought of separation into his relationship with God, and so retreated into the fragmentation of the body and the physical world.

Then he chriztianity me and told me that he would send such a one after me that should make my way bitter to the soul. Its recent surge in popularity in the United States can be attributed not only to the i nf luence of Eastern mysticism but also to the fact that it seems like a plausible and even desirable outcome conpared to the eternal hell with which conventional Christianity has threatened people over the centuries.

Let your attention settle down and, to the best of your ability, allow the ordinary preoccupations of your day to subside.

While Brothers and Sisters listened respectfully to sermons at mass, they would also go back to their collective residences and listen to a collation — a kind of informal sermon — delivered by a senior member of the community, suggesting that spiritual knowledge was not to be received exclusively at the hands of the clergy.

He is reluctant to state metaphysical truths; rather, he accepts the constraints of his profession and understands the symbols he examines simply as truths about the human psyche. Ficino complied, and for the next century and a half his translations revived the tradition of Hermeticism, which permeated all aspects of Renaissance culture and which continues to exercise an influence down to the present. In a review of this book for Parabolathe magazine’s executive editor, Tracy Cochran, wrote, “With clarity and verve, [Smoley] lays out famous arguments and articulations of the conundrum of the nature of consciousness so that they sparkle like jewels on the dark velvet of starlight.


Egypt, the sea, and the monster are all symbols of the world that surrounds this pearl of consciousness but fails to devour or crush it. Knowledge of the inner levels of experience has been for the most part forgotten.

Richard Smoley

In his book The Essential NostradamusSmoley attempts to root Nostradamus in his own context in 16th-century France. Some have actively rejected this knowledge, taking refuge in traditionalism and fundamentalism. To order Conscious Love. Smoley, Inner Christianity He appeared in Moscow in and began to take on pupils, the most famous of whom was the philosopher R D.

Jul 18, Tera rated it really liked it Recommends it for: His sensual indulgence leads to pain and remorse and he soon longs to return home Luke After four years of writing for Gnosis and a brief stint as managing editor, he came on board as editor in November Also, the conclusions of the author in regard to the cost of following the esoteric tradition and its benefits.

This book is also an smolfy to meet the needs of the tradition as I see it at present.

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

In the s and s he turned his considerable erudition and power of thought to Christian symbolism, publishing a large number of articles on this subject in small French Catholic journals. The British esotericist W. In milder hells one sees something like tumble-down huts, crowded together rather like a city, with sections and streets. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat They believed that the universe chriztianity a confused mixture of two warring principles, the iner and the dark.

In ordinary life, attention is directed outward, toward the world of sensations, thoughts, and feelings. It also explains why, despite the astonishing similarities among different systems of myth, there are also many discrepancies.

This is one reason Gnosticism has come into intellectual fashion in recent decades. Forethought, for example, as the ability to conceptualize a still-invisible future, can be seen as a function of the imagination. If we grant that there is something in human consciousness that survives death — an idea that is universal in human religion and which makes a great deal of intuitive sense as well — there are three possibilities.


Hence the paradoxes in the teachings about escape from this plight: He is the coauthor, with Jay Kinney, of Hidden Wisdom: The very simplicity of Thomas suggests that it may be extremely ancient; it may even be older, and closer to Christ himself, than the canonical Gospels.

As even the most casual reader of the New Testament can see, faith originally meant conviction or certainty: To discuss a tradition like this is inevitably to reformulate and reinterpret it. Secrecy is a major theme in the Gospels: He chose the latter. He lectures on his work throughout the United States and occasionally abroad.

An in-depth interview with Richard about his book Inner Christianity.

By his time they had long been discredited and forgotten. Demanding strict fidelity to the church and the king of France, these orders became nearly extinct during the French Revolution. Although expressed in mythic terms, the Gnostic view was extremely sophisticated. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

They are there because they want to be there and because they would not be comfortable anywhere else.

Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition

Smoley relates these observations to the ancient Christian division of the body, soul, and spirit, which, he claims, has become obscured over the centuries. One of smoleg greatest works of Christian esotericism of the twentieth century, written by a Russian emigre named Valentin Tombergis called Meditations on christainity Tarot A It consists of long, discursive, though profound discussions of the Major Arcana.

In current Christian discourse, I see an enormous interest in the devotional side of the tradition, in prayer, contemplation, and mysticism.

Insights from Mystical Christianity. In essence it means that the vast majority of what we take to be ourselves — our hopes, dreams, wishes, opinions — will not long outlast the physical shell in which we are incarnated.