On Mysticism, Part 9 (University of Redlands Course), 1973


This recording is the sixth lecture in our collection of ten that Howard Thurman gave at the University of Redlands in 1973 on the topic of mysticism. Thurman indicates that this lecture functions as a means to point the listener towards practical approaches to mysticism through lenses of psychology, philosophy, and religious experience. In this recording, Thurman reflects upon what it means to make sense of one's own transcendent "center." The center to which Thurman is referencing is held in relation to the placement of Jesus' baptism in the context of the arc of scripture; heralding this event as the epitomization of the transcendental self. It is here where the centrality of the transcendent reality is grounded upon everything existing in the "divine context," thus existence is inseparable from prayer.

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