Brian's Notes - Part 4
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Following on from your experimenting with Anabaptist and Anglican methods and practices (and your earlier talks on Practicing the Presence of God), can you suggest some practices for those who are new to this experience?
I think just about everyone benefits from being mentored in these things, as opposed to studying them on one's own. There's something about submitting to the "spiritual master" or "spiritual director" or "mentor" that enhances the experience. You become part of a tradition, a community - it's not just about learning the practices: it's about entering the community. So, I'd suggest finding a monastery or looking for a retreat (or planning one - and finding someone qualified to lead it) and delving into experiences that way ... in community, in a tradition, in apprenticeship. I think that's how I learned contemplative prayer, practicing God's presence, lectio divina, ignatian reading, examen, and anything else of value that I know. I think you'll make more progress in one weekend, or even in one evening in a communal context than you will in months trying to "do it yourself."