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What does it mean to follow the path of Christ today? "Putting on the Mind of Christ" is the first book to offer an integral understanding of the Christian spiritual path--one that examines the basic stages of spiritual development described by the great saints and sages, along with the psychological stages of development used by modern psychology. American mystic Jim Mario What does it mean to follow the path of Christ today? "Putting on the Mind of Christ" is the first book to offer an integral understanding of the Christian spiritual path--one that examines the basic stages of spiritual development described by the great saints and sages, along with the psychological stages of development used by modern psychology. American mystic Jim Marion draws upon his own rich spiritual experience and deep understanding of scriptural models, to show readers how to emulate the developmental stages of the Christ: how to put on the mind of Christ to achieve spiritual illumination and communion with the Christ. He examines the seven levels of consciousness of the human personality mapped by the work of Jean Piaget, Carol Milligan, and Lawrence Kohlberg, and leads readers to the consciousness that Jesus called the Kingdom of Heaven--the highest level of spiritual development. Marion shows how inner spiritual growth has always been the true essence of Christian practice and shares his own spiritual experiences within a "Christ-focused" framework. Pioneering, transcendent, and grounded, "Putting on the Mind of Christ" will permanently alter the landscape of 21st-century Christianity.


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What does it mean to follow the path of Christ today? "Putting on the Mind of Christ" is the first book to offer an integral understanding of the Christian spiritual path--one that examines the basic stages of spiritual development described by the great saints and sages, along with the psychological stages of development used by modern psychology. American mystic Jim Mario What does it mean to follow the path of Christ today? "Putting on the Mind of Christ" is the first book to offer an integral understanding of the Christian spiritual path--one that examines the basic stages of spiritual development described by the great saints and sages, along with the psychological stages of development used by modern psychology. American mystic Jim Marion draws upon his own rich spiritual experience and deep understanding of scriptural models, to show readers how to emulate the developmental stages of the Christ: how to put on the mind of Christ to achieve spiritual illumination and communion with the Christ. He examines the seven levels of consciousness of the human personality mapped by the work of Jean Piaget, Carol Milligan, and Lawrence Kohlberg, and leads readers to the consciousness that Jesus called the Kingdom of Heaven--the highest level of spiritual development. Marion shows how inner spiritual growth has always been the true essence of Christian practice and shares his own spiritual experiences within a "Christ-focused" framework. Pioneering, transcendent, and grounded, "Putting on the Mind of Christ" will permanently alter the landscape of 21st-century Christianity.

30 review for Putting on the Mind of Christ: The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rich Lewis

    I keep searching to find the true me. I am not my body. My body helps me accomplish many tasks. I am not my mind. My mind helps me plan my actions. I am not my thoughts and emotions. They help me express myself to this world. Who am I? I am a divine being who is allowing God to express Himself (Herself) through me. God is within me. God is within all of us. Some of us know this. Some of us do not. Some ignore it. Some deny it. James Marion reminds us, “All we need to do to be saved is to conscious I keep searching to find the true me. I am not my body. My body helps me accomplish many tasks. I am not my mind. My mind helps me plan my actions. I am not my thoughts and emotions. They help me express myself to this world. Who am I? I am a divine being who is allowing God to express Himself (Herself) through me. God is within me. God is within all of us. Some of us know this. Some of us do not. Some ignore it. Some deny it. James Marion reminds us, “All we need to do to be saved is to consciously realize who we have been all along. We need to realize our divinity, own it, take up the responsibility of it and live it. Rich Lewis www.SilenceTeaches.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    The author presents a systematic walk through nine phases or levels of consciousness awareness. As he says, level 9 is non-dual and is not really a level at all. Marion uses examples from the saints and from his own experience with quotes from the Christian Bible as well, to demonstrate what he is talking about. Much of my own experience is in harmony with what he says about the first 7 levels except for the part about the pain involved in the Night of the Senses and Night of the Soul, using the The author presents a systematic walk through nine phases or levels of consciousness awareness. As he says, level 9 is non-dual and is not really a level at all. Marion uses examples from the saints and from his own experience with quotes from the Christian Bible as well, to demonstrate what he is talking about. Much of my own experience is in harmony with what he says about the first 7 levels except for the part about the pain involved in the Night of the Senses and Night of the Soul, using the terms of St. John of the Cross. Later the author reveals that it is possible to experience these levels without the pain that John of the Cross and the author had. I found what he had to say about the last two levels to be a stretch and at times irritating to me. Remembering how I felt going into earlier levels with the same feeling, I relaxed and continued to read with an open mind. The author did lose me in the final part where, to my thinking, he surmises what the Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be like. That to me, was supposition that I was not looking for, but he surely is within his right to tell us what he thinks it could be like. He did not claim to have inside knowledge about it or try to make it some kind of doctrine we must believe. All around, I loved this book. It is a book that actually presents Christians as children of God in a very real sense. Be warned that while I do not believe this book violates what Jesus actually taught and did, it is not what I have heard in churches today.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    When a mystic uses scientific ideas as metaphors for their soul's journey, fine. When they try to explain those journeys through science, look out. When someone says "vibrations" or "fourth dimension" or "quantum" in that context, what comes next is likely to be nonsense. His descriptions of psychological phases seem to be right on the money. But then: This was supposed to be a good, clear summary of the mystical pathway. Instead, it is a complicated system of new age esotericism seasoned with o When a mystic uses scientific ideas as metaphors for their soul's journey, fine. When they try to explain those journeys through science, look out. When someone says "vibrations" or "fourth dimension" or "quantum" in that context, what comes next is likely to be nonsense. His descriptions of psychological phases seem to be right on the money. But then: This was supposed to be a good, clear summary of the mystical pathway. Instead, it is a complicated system of new age esotericism seasoned with out-of-context concepts from physics, world religions, and people such as Carlos Casteneda. I am surprised that it has gotten nothing but good reviews. Maybe I'm overly skeptical, but it is certainly a feat to meld the New Testament with "the Age of Aquarius," reincarnation, chakras, channeling by mediums, etc., and still call it Christianity. The author asserts that he himself has reached the highest plane. As I see it, that is unproved. If you want to know about classical mysticism (all traditions including pagan), stick with Evelyn Underhill.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    It took me a while to get through this book, as I really had to chew on certain concepts before reading on. If you are yearning for a deeper understanding of God and the spiritual path, if you find the current religious structures and biblical teachings to be rigid and dogmatic, if you feel there is more out there than the Catholics or the Protestants have taught so far, this book will help you. Keep an open mind to less-traditional views of the Christian faith, the spiritual path and of humanit It took me a while to get through this book, as I really had to chew on certain concepts before reading on. If you are yearning for a deeper understanding of God and the spiritual path, if you find the current religious structures and biblical teachings to be rigid and dogmatic, if you feel there is more out there than the Catholics or the Protestants have taught so far, this book will help you. Keep an open mind to less-traditional views of the Christian faith, the spiritual path and of humanity and our flaws in general and hopefully you will discover a profound effect. This is an amazing read if your church is leaving you uninspired and you are ready for the next level.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert Mackie

    The first half gets 4 stars, the second half gets minus 1 star, for a grand total of 3.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kitsy Stratton

    Why is this book not required reading for all Christians...or at least all Christian clergy ? I was needing a map showing YOU ARE HERE on the wisdom / spiritual growth path and Marion provides the map. I read all about where I have been, where I am now, why my efforts to help others with their beliefs and faith are not working, and answers to theological and doctrinal questions I have had since ...well, since I had to study the Presbyterian Catechism as a kid. It's readable in everyday language Why is this book not required reading for all Christians...or at least all Christian clergy ? I was needing a map showing YOU ARE HERE on the wisdom / spiritual growth path and Marion provides the map. I read all about where I have been, where I am now, why my efforts to help others with their beliefs and faith are not working, and answers to theological and doctrinal questions I have had since ...well, since I had to study the Presbyterian Catechism as a kid. It's readable in everyday language (i.e., not in Church-y words or preacher=speak) but has scriptural references. Marion speaks in a matter-of-fact tone which relays his confidence without sounding condemning or condescending. I'm not keen about the few times he uses "it wouldn't make sense if ..." as a sound defense of a point of theology but when one has no other way to prove your point, it's acceptable. Again, why is this not required reading for all Christians...heck, for all human beings!?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Fyke

    This book is truly amazing and inspiring work. Marion does a masterful job mapping out the entire path to the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the highest level of human consciousness. Marion integrates excerpts from the great spiritual thinkers and writers throughout history. This book inspires us to continue our spiritual journey toward the Christ Consciousness. In so doing, we can experience and understand the world as pure Spirit, through the love that is possible when we put on the mind of Chris This book is truly amazing and inspiring work. Marion does a masterful job mapping out the entire path to the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the highest level of human consciousness. Marion integrates excerpts from the great spiritual thinkers and writers throughout history. This book inspires us to continue our spiritual journey toward the Christ Consciousness. In so doing, we can experience and understand the world as pure Spirit, through the love that is possible when we put on the mind of Christ.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    That there is full on spiritual path from Baby to Christhood that can be seen and walked in this life and that this is what Jesus was talking about and trying to get folks to take up. This book describes each stage of human development according to the Christian tradition. It has never been done before.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jane Mason

    This book will guide you on a tour of your own soul. A must. This author is brilliant. Thank you Jim

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    This is a very good exploration of what Christianity/Christian Spirituality looks and feels like if the religious seeker actually tries to live a life "in Christ". Marion is not in an ivory tower. He takes spirituality where we all find it: in our physical selves from the time we are born. He shares his own journey/struggles. He makes good use of developmental psychology, both personal and communal, and then moves into areas most of us have not experienced deeply if at all. He also references ot This is a very good exploration of what Christianity/Christian Spirituality looks and feels like if the religious seeker actually tries to live a life "in Christ". Marion is not in an ivory tower. He takes spirituality where we all find it: in our physical selves from the time we are born. He shares his own journey/struggles. He makes good use of developmental psychology, both personal and communal, and then moves into areas most of us have not experienced deeply if at all. He also references others, most notably, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Bernadette Roberts and Ken Wilbur to illustrate his point(s) Marion is also not afraid to disagree where he thinks the aforementioned have not well-explained themselves. Increasingly, modern mystics see the mystical journey as the next stage in human evolution; one which we are able, to some extent, to choose for ourselves. This outlook makes what they have to say very intriguing. What is more it is encouraging for the future of humankind.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Wow. This is a work of genius. Marion puts the world's mysticism together under a Christian framework while upholding each religion's integrity. He gave me a deeper understanding of my own experience on the spiritual path, a sense of where I am and where I have yet to go. He also had me, not only contemplating, but considering elements of spiritual beliefs that I have always found suspect. Bravo, Jim. This is a work for the ages.

  12. 5 out of 5

    F.C. Etier

    I found this book difficult to read, yet it helped awaken my thinking.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    some stuff I just loved- made copies of several pages (since I got it at the library) so I can review them and remember. alot of stuff i didn't get or relate to.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Janke

    Absolutely loved this book. I feel like a whole new understanding opened up inside me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  16. 5 out of 5

    MR MP KISS

  17. 5 out of 5

    Larry Branch

  18. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn Coburn

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy L.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pip

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carole Halmekangas

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jedbentley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Goodman

  29. 4 out of 5

    Felix Smit

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

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