It is our honor to be able to present to you a paper that Michael Wakoff delivered to the Prometheus Trust Conference on July 5, 2014: "If It Was What It Speaks": the Human Soul's Attainment of Self-Knowledge according to Plotinus.
A Talk from Wisdom's Goldenrod Summer Studies 2013
by Jeff Cox
The primary purpose of practicing meditation is to learn to focus the mind on a specific thought or object so that we can develop the concentration necessary for stabilization of the mind. Once the mind is stable enough, it becomes possible to make a sustained, penetrative inquiry to discover our true nature. With stabilization and sustained inquiry, it becomes more likely that there will be (through the blessed response of grace) a shift of our identity from the personality and body to the Overself—a permanent shift, not merely a life-transforming glimpse!
This essay will place the thought and writings of Miguel de Molinos within the teachings of the Quietist movement and examine the charges of heresy against him from this perspective. A careful review of the development and teachings of the prominent Quietists, all of whom were sanctioned by the Church, leads to the conclusion that these charges are largely unsubstantiated and based on a misinterpretation of Molinos' ideas.