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Join Paul Smith and other community members for a beautiful gathering in exploring the meditative and contemplative prayer practice of Whole-Body Mystical Awakening and its basis in the Three Faces of God and Four Centers of Spiritual Knowing. This session will be led by Paul Smith, co-founder of the Integral Christian Network and author of Integral Christianity and Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough? Jesus and the Three Faces of God.
Paul Smith will lead a session monthly on Integral Life.
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Paul Smith is the co-founder of Integral Christian Network and is a Christian mystic, author, and retired Baptist Minister.
Early on in my teens I was attracted to the mysticism found throughout the New Testament and certainly the foundation of Jesus’ life. My church circles offered me little help, so I studied and learned from the mystical experiences of the charismatics who moved away from Pentecostalism into worldwide view in the sixties. I began my first small group where we experimented with the deep sharing of our lives and mystically tinged prayer together every week. I have never been without some kind of a mystically-practicing small group like that for the last sixty years.
In spite of my long interest in the mystical, twenty years ago I was still at the early stage of that journey—evidently not ready for my new teachers. Then I found the practicing Buddhist mystic Ken Wilber and the practicing Christian mystic, Jim Marion. Their integral-based approach to spirituality released me into a totally new dimension of understanding and experiencing God — the mystical that I had been longing for all my life.
After writing several books, speaking at conferences around the country, and retiring as pastor a few years ago, I moved into my elder stage of 84. I claim that age is not the point—just like a classic car! Now, along with Luke Healy, I foster the dynamic vision of the new, expanded Trinity, the Three Faces of God, and the evolving mystical practice of WeSpace communities around the world. Jesus is very real to me all the time now, along with God’s motherly fatherly presence and several other spiritual guides. I access a still mind and overflowing heartfelt bliss whenever I turn inward.
This is the most exciting, evolving time of my life.