Ancient Faith Radio has just made available in its website the lectures given
at The Climacus Conference 2012, Byzantium You Are Not Forgotten.
Dr. Kyriacos Markides, the author of "The Mountain of Silence" is among the
speakers. Below a synopsis of one of his lectures from the Climacus
The Mystical Spirituality of Byzantine Christianity Source
by Dr Kyriacos Markides
Professor Kyriacos C. Markides continues a 30-year exploration of Christian mysticism through his participant observation work with charismatic healers, monks, hermits and celebrated living saints of Eastern Christianity. In this workshop he will show us that there is a clearly identifiable experiential mystical tradition within Christianity that has been practiced for hundreds of years in ancient monasteries and convents, yet is little known to Western seekers who assume authentic spirituality could only be found in eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. We will explore this tradition and examine such topics as the way to know God according to the teachings of the great Christian saints; the illnesses of the heart that prevent us from knowing God and who we truly are as human beings; the spiritual laws that govern human existence; the destiny of the human soul; and the different stages one must go through before attaining God realization. We will also learn about the power of thought and how to protect ourselves from negative thought forms; and be introduced to special meditation and prayer exercises for spiritual healing.
Kyriacos C. Markides, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine and author of nine books published by leading publishers in the United States and the UK. Six of his books, including The Mountain of Silence and Gifts of the Desert are on Christian mystics, spiritual guides, and elders of Eastern Christianity. Professor Markides books are widely read and have been published in twelve other countries and languages. He has given regular lectures and workshops around the United States, Canada and overseas and appeared on national and international television and radio programs. His latest book Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality will be published by Random House/Image Books on March 16 2012. He lives in Stillwater Maine with his wife, Dr. Emily J. Markides, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the University of Maine.