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Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) was a priest, a mystic, and nearly a heretic (he died before the Church court's verdict). In the 20th century, the Roman Catholic Church rehabilitated him and the late Pope John Paul II spoke of his work with fondness. 

However, what makes him of particular interest is the fact that he has influenced a wide range of spiritual teachers and mystics both inside and outside the Christian tradition. Erich Fromm, Eckhart Tolle, Richard Rohr, D. T. Suzuki, and Rudolf Steiner have all credited Eckhart as being an important influence on their thought. In addition, his work has influenced the development of 20th-century American Buddhism and the Theosophical tradition. 

Eckhart wrote at a time - much like our own - when society appeared to be coming apart at the seams. In the midst of all that chaos and uncertainty, he captured the many forms and stages of the love of God, the mystic path, and the journey of transformation - in language so startling that he was accused of heresy. 

Now, seven centuries later, this fresh, stunning rendering of his work translates the essence of one of Christianity's greatest poetic and spiritual voices, conveying the heart of his teachings about what it means to love God and embark on a spiritual journey characterized by mystery, paradox, and an embrace of the unknown.

©2021 Jon M. Sweeney and Mark S. Burrows (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Jesse
  • 06-09-22

It doesn’t get much better

If you read Meister Eckhart without knowing his background, you would likely guess he were an Eastern mystic. These teachings are likewise timeless, as they are simple and personal.

That they labeled him a heretic in the church for his message is intriguing on its own, and the way these writings are structured are perfect in their conciseness.

His message is one of someone who clearly knew God from experience rather than faith alone.