mysticism

There Is Only Service

heart shape made of small rocksHeart made of small rocks, found in the desert at Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe, NM (Kimberly Kirner, 2017)

I find I’m frequently watching a debate from the sidelines in the last couple of years – a debate that keeps being repackaged in different ways, but carries a familiar discomfort for me as it is hauled out into the […]

Called by the Spirits, but not to the Priesthood: The Mystery of Monasticism

Cabinet with art, sacred objects, and items from natureOne of the two shrines in my sanctuary at home. My goal for this year is to have twice-daily practice with periods of contemplative prayer, in sacred space.

I’ve been pondering, over the course of the last month, my relationship to a “calling” by the Spirits I Serve.  There is a deep knowing, in my own experience, when a spirit calls you and claims you.  I felt that […]

The Limits of Language

Cement and glass towers reaching toward the sky.Watt's Towers, Los Angeles (Kimberly Kirner 2017)

I sat in the crowded, small auditorium as Gregory Cajete, a Tewa author and professor at University of New Mexico, tried to help us understand a reconciliation between Western science and indigenous integrated science-religion.  In the question and answer session […]