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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.  

The Lonely Man

There was a man… a lonely man… So, you want to become a mystic eh? Then, be prepared to play SOLITAIRE — the only game in town. 😏  Shall we play? In this business of “mystical oneness” that I’ve been … Continue reading

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The 2019 SF Award

We are pleased to announce that this site, The Mystical Path, has been conferred the 2019 San Francisco Award for its Best of Business in the category of “meditation center.” The award was presented by the San Francisco Award Program … Continue reading

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Intellectualizing Love

Originally posted on R and R:
Several days ago, a seemingly well-meaning but rather intellectually bloated blogger on Facebook posted the following message: As a teacher of a university course on pop music, I regularly come across songs that reinforce…

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The Making of the Human Self

How do children develop a sense of self? From the moment they are born, babies are exposed to information that can teach them about who they are. By touching their own face and body, or by kicking and grabbing things, … Continue reading

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The Dead Sea Scrolls

Here is an information-rich and well-made two-part documentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered inside caves at Qumran. Continue reading

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Until the attainment of God-realization, man is but an empty shell, something cut off from God, not under the law of God; but in the attainment of the knowledge of God, man becomes the very presence of God, the I … Continue reading

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Neuroscience and Consciousness

Neuroscience is beginning to show that the brain is not the mind, and to point to the very existence of the soul (consciousness) as the causative factor behind the mind. 🤔 Continue reading

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Meet Elaine Pagels

Meet Elaine Pagels, preeminent scholar and author on religion and the gnostic gospels. Here she is giving an interview at the New York Society Library. Acknowledgment to The New York Society Library for posting the above video on YouTube. Read … Continue reading

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Breathing Meditation

I do not and cannot endorse Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his Art of Living organization because of the cultish environment in which they operate and the lack of a pure motive behind his teachings on breathing meditation practice which … Continue reading

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Barry O’Brien

GRATITUDE and APPRECIATION for a Gift and most especially its Giver! We thank BARRY O’BRIEN, a participating member of the San Jose BMCM Satsang Group, who is now residing in Spokane, Washington, for his generous and wonderful gift to us … Continue reading

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