Persistence on the Path

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Persevere on the mystical path of life.
Practice makes perfect:  Persist with your spiritual practice.

Your spiritual practice is the expression of your devotion to God and your commitment to the spiritual journey.  Practice builds you up for the task and activity of contemplation. Practice opens you to the mystery of Oneness.  Practice enables you to realize the Truth.  Practice opens you to the transforming mystical experience of God.

Living the mystical life is never easy.  It requires the commitment of a lifetime — a commitment to study and practice, and to persist in our study and in our practice.

        The few who embark on the spiritual life find it difficult, and it is difficult. There is no question about that.  The fact that living the spiritual life is not an easy way should not disturb us, because, if we are determined to attain the spiritual way of life, we must be prepared for a period of struggle, effort, study, and discipline.

        The main struggle for us is that we are the product of centuries of living exclusively in the external. Not only are there centuries of materialistic living behind us, but right in our cribs we began to live with rattles and dolls, later with marbles and with every of kind of game that would keep our attention centered on the outer world.  Sadly enough, even when we entered school more attention was usually paid to keeping us entertained and occupied with games and sports than with intensive study or with teaching us how to be still enough inside so that we could concentrate. Because of the preoccupation with nonessentials, there are only a few who have developed the ability to concentrate and know how to study.

        An ability to find inner peace and stillness is required in following the spiritual path.  Our entire demonstration rests on our attaining the ability to be so quiet in mind that we can hear “the still small voice” and receive impressions from within. (Joel S. Goldsmith, from The Art of Spiritual Living,
        Chapter: “The New Dispensation of Prayer”)


    The spiritual life is difficult. But if we are determined to attain the spiritual way of life, we must be prepared for a period of struggle, effort, study, and discipline.


Photo of Joel S. Goldsmith

Your persistence on the spiritual path means that the spirit of God has already touched you.  You have not chosen God.  God has chosen you, and God will not let you go until you arrive safely at home in His bosom.  The constant recognition that the spirit of God has touched you and will not let you go is one of the greatest helps on the way.
— Joel S. Goldsmith —

“The constant recognition that the spirit of God has touched you and will not let you go is one of the greatest helps on the way.”


      Once the Spirit has you in its hands, you are caught hook, line, and sinker. The Buddha in Blissful Serenity It grabs hold of all of you, until your inner transformation is made complete. The divine romance has begun.  You can only surrender to It. You can only flow downstream with It on Its way back to the vast ocean of Its oneness.— Marc —


And now, enter into
the Divine Romance.

The Divine Romance between the Spirit and the Human Soul

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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