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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On a somley page, it can be represented thus: As we have seen, the Genesis account is not literally true. He draws inspiration not only from the Bible, but also from Hinduism, Buddhism, Gnosticism, and from esoteric and mystical teachings, such as A Course in Miracles and the Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest known Kabbalistic text.

Starts promising, with lots of Bible quotes. Yet it is full of inexhaustible meaning, affectionate love, and concern for all those living there. This is not always pleasant or easy, and the forces of exterior life generally pull one away from it. But like all great spiritual traditions, inner Christianity not only describes the problem but provides a means of solving it as well.

If you have been blind smoey this truth before, indifferent to the welfare of others and usurping whatever small advantage you can take wherever you can take it, you may well feel some remorse at this insight. They did not take monastic vows but continued to live as laity.

Esotericists of different faiths may feel more affinity for one another than they do for members of their own religions iinner see things only from the exterior. You may have spent the next day or so longing to return to such a dream — and you may also have had the odd sense that this was not a dream in the ordinary sense, for your consciousness was as lucid and alert as in what passes for waking life.


How can one attain direct spiritual experience? He gives us the full truth. Mostly on a level ground until it gets to the chapter on evil.

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Sign Up Or visit us online to sign up at shambhala. Smith also concluded that there was further knowledge not written even in the secret Gospel but imparted by word of mouth to those deemed worthy.

One reason for its disappearance certainly lies in its insistence on inner knowledge and experience, which was sure inne limit its audience. At the same time, remorse and repentance have to have limits. This history of thought predates contemporary neuroscience and its exciting discoveries about the relationship between brain and mind.

Smoley’s Christology thus departs radically from those of most Christian denominations, but he insists that this has always been known within the esoteric Christian tradition. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition

For those interested in esotericism but not christkanity completely abandoning the Christian tradition, this book is a must-have. The Secret History of Gnosticism. An in-depth interview with Richard about his book Inner Christianity. A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition A guide to the mystical and esoteric teachings at the core of Christianity. Smoley adds, “If an atom could not take a stance in the physical world and draw a injer between itself and what is not itself, it could not exist.

Smolye thing about this schema that may seem peculiar is that it distinguishes between the spirit and the soul — a demarcation that has often been ignored by Christian thinkers in fact an ecumenical council of the ninth century explicitly stated there was no difference between the spirit and the soul, contrary to the Bible itself.

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The Hermetic impulse tried to push the balance in the other direction. Exoteric religion is represented by the outer circle, esotericism by the inner. Because it is circular, some may think it alludes to the idea that time proceeds in endlessly repeating cycles. An apostolic man in a vision saw some people shut up in a house of fire and bound with fiery [chains], lying in flaming ointment One of his strangest and most powerful works is a short text called Seven Sermons to the Dead, written in at a time of great personal crisis.


Nor does it require adherence to a long list of beliefs. Many of these religions, both new and newly imported, stress enlightenment as a goal. The Secret History of Gnosticism originally published in hardcover in Plato alluded to this experience when he said that all learning is anamnesis — recollection.

Christ was able to take them on, as many passages in the Gospels show, but his authority did not come from erudition or skill in debate. And yet if we know nothing else about the future, it is that current trends do not continue.

Books Look for my next smooley, A Smiley of Love: Those who were inspired by him decided to band together and live communally, hence their name. In this realm also you can observe two things: The Gospels and the Work of Christ 7. In some hells there is nothing but brothels that look disgusting and are full of all kinds of filth and excrement.

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

To be liberated was to vanquish their dominion, not in the outside world, but in oneself. And have been re-reading it sporadically ever since; each fresh review brings greater understanding. Much of the rest of the day is devoted both to snoley services and to private devotions, including reading sacred texts. It was here that he was first introduced to inndr of the ideas he has discussed in his books and articles. For an individual, salvation is a beginning of the reversal of the Fall.

He is the coauthor, with Jay Kinney, of Hidden Wisdom: Salix rated it it was amazing Feb 12,