Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom

Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go
Narrated by: James Finley
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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The Teachings of Meister Eckhart: An Invitation to Experience God in Every Moment

The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart was the most brilliant Christian scholar of his day, but he was also legendary for the way he opened listeners to the direct experience of God during his public talks. Today, his written wisdom remains alive as ever, ready to illuminate us. With Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom, James Finley, one of today's best-known teachers of the Christian contemplative tradition, invites us into Eckhart's insights in the same way this luminary teacher delighted in sharing them - through the spoken word.

"The eye with which I see God is the eye with which God sees me."

If the Divine dwells in all things, including ourselves, then why do we experience His presence only in fleeting moments, if at all? How do we let go of the illusions that imprison us to discover direct and felt liberation - not conceptually or in the afterlife but right here and now? These were the questions that compelled Meister Eckhart to reflection, spiritual practice, and discovery.

In this in-depth learning program, James Finley guides us through teachings and meditations for bringing Meister Eckhart's wisdom into our daily lives - to find for ourselves "the indestructible joy that that transcends even death", and to experience God not as a separate being but as the loving eternal center that sustains and embraces each of us and all of creation.

©2014 James Finley (P)2014 James Finley
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Outstanding teaching!

Here Dr. James Finley brings the timeless contemplative traditional message to our generation, he brings the eternal to the day-by-day realities of our lives. This is the best teaching available to those called to the path of the contemplate tradition...the best, you will not be disappointed!

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Love all of James Finley's works!

There is so much to receive from this book! 💗 And James Finley is the perfect soul to take you deeper!

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insightfullness

amazing insights and guidance towards a new way of seeing and living life to the fullest.

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Transformation

A pure transformative gift. I bow in gratitude! A pure transformative gift. I bow in gratitude!

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The Author’s Profound Understanding of Eckhart’s Teachings

This is not a collage of Eckhart’s sermons and quotes. It is Dr. James Finley’s take of Eckhart. I love James Finley, his insight, his style, and his calm voice, so I enjoyed this audiobook and learned more from it than I would if I was to read Eckhart’s words directly. If you hope for raw Eckhart’s words you will be disappointed.

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Wanted to like it

I’d like less interpretation of the original texts and more direct translation. While not an easy task, his effort to convey the underlying meaning was not effective for me. He seems to repeat the same phrases over and over as if to answer my “how come?” with “because I said so”. Now I’m thinking back to a quote in the first chapter about how you know if you’re speaking the truth, and it won’t be so much that you’re speaking it, as it is being spoken through you (paraphrasing). It did not seem to be the latter.

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To be listened with Heart

Simply said, this is a profoundly insightful look into the language of truth as expressed by the voices of two Christian Mystics: Mister Eckart and contemporary James Finley. Beautiful, inspiring and certainly a parallel with the essential teachings of non-duality.

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Very repetitive, and out of subject<br />

This book should never have had "Meister Eckhart" in the book title; the author talks overwhelmingly more about himself, and every other eastern spirituality than actual words of Meister Eckhart (book title)

the author repeats himself over, and over, and over again; the whole book could be narrated in 15 minutes.

That's my 2 cents.

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Just Amazing

This is nothing short of magical. The reader's voice is so soothing. The content lifts you up to a calm, meditative place. I am so very happy with this purchase. It's like your own personal retreat.

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Thoroughly Absorbing

James Finley conveys the rich and compelling content of Meister Eckhart with sincerity and clarity. Despite the universal appeal and timelessness of Eckhart’s teachings, this is not an easy task.

Finley is an amiable companion both in the way he speaks and through the personal stories he shares to illuminate the often demanding content. Be patient with the sometimes detailed arguments that the author makes and you’ll be rewarded.

I’d suggest that listeners have some familiarity with the “perennial philosophy” as Huxley called it before wading into Meister Eckhart.

Another Eckhart—Eckhart Tolle—conveys in simpler language and without the strictly Christian context—many of the same ideas that Finley highlights in this book. I benefitted from listening and reading Tolle in apprehending the meaning of the concepts in this work.

Stop often and reflect on what’s being said. You’ll find that it will resonate more deeply.

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  • Phil A
  • 09-25-19

Deep and Insightful Teaching

This has to be one of the most profound and outstanding books yet produced by Sounds True and Audible. Dr James Finley is one of greatest spiritual teachers of our time. He is also a very talented communicator and broadcaster. More please. Thank you so much.

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  • richard2
  • 12-13-17

demanding of total attention!

Where does Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This isn't an easy exploration, but its profundity repays careful and repeated listenings. It touches on one's own most significant insights and deepens them.

What does James Finley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

James Finlay is an understanding guide whose 'presence' through his voice is reassuring and has a lyrical quality that adds to the experience. One also feels in company rather than grappling with these challenging texts alone.

Any additional comments?

In the way that a great actor who really understands a difficult or archaic play can help you to do the same, I think James Finlay's own insights help to express those of Meister Eckhart.

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  • Azima M.
  • 04-16-20

Master Eckhart

Very disappointing - I wanted to hear the sermons of Master Eckhart not Jam a Finley advertising himself!

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  • izabela
  • 11-24-16

attraction of what we already somehow know

If you could sum up Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom in three words, what would they be?

simply coming home

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is something I will listen to again and again and it needs, time, space and some reflection. Probably to much to do in one sitting but great!

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Thank you James for passing on your wisdom and experience across psychological and spiritual healing. I think his voice and calmness in this book are great for taking some time out to reflect, participate and pay attention to what is and always was within us.
I personally found it helpful to have a teacher like this providing some guidance based on Eckharts's sermons.

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  • Louise Bayley
  • 04-20-19

Not what I was hoping for

I found James Finley very hard to follow perhaps this is for intellectuals only? I preserved but still did not know much more about Meister Eckhart’s Wisdom than when I began. It’s probably just me.