Mystery tour: Moira Fitt investigates some of the mystical roots of Quakerism

‘I was interested to discover that each had a phrase that identifies their own unique personal relationship with God.’

‘Their prolonged periods of contemplation allowed them time to listen to God, and be open to his guidance.’ | Image: The Mother God Experiment

The early mystics of the eleventh to fourteenth centuries (and later) were all members of cloistered or monastic communities. This meant being committed to holy living twenty-four hours a day in very simple, prayerful circumstances, often largely enclosed, away from the world outside.

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