Path of the Novice Mystic

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Title: Path of the Novice Mystic: Maintaining a Beginner’s Heart and Mind
Published by: Greenleaf
Release Date: October 1, 2013
ISBN13: 978-1938416392


Path of the Novice Mystic provides a unique look into the world of secular mysticism. Dr. Paul Dunion suggests that peace comes when we accept the world’s inherent uncertainties and begin to approach life with elevated curiosity and enthusiasm.

Dunion guides you toward maintaining a heightened level of mindfulness in everyday life. He shows how the simple act of being fully present and cultivating a soul practice opens the gates to unity—the essence of the novice secular mystic and the key to finding depth and meaning in life.

While his instruction is clear, Dunion does not suggest a cure-all formula. Rather, he encourages honest self-examination and arms you with thoughtful questions that will incite true personal reflection, thereby allowing you to develop a personal philosophy.

With this unique blend of psychology, philosophy, and spirituality, Path of the Novice Mystic is sure to open the heart and mind to a more enriching way of life.


Path of the Novice Mystic is a penetrating suggestion of how you could live your life today, gracefully steering clear of the soul and spirit-wounding ways of modern culture. Paul Dunion writes from his experience and broad learning. He writes with style and vitality, with fresh takes on the main issues that cause us to stall and lose a sense of meaning. He writes as an inspired artist and an experienced therapist, driven by a vision that gets more honed and energized with every book he puts out. Paul is one of few writers I know who can reveal the creative fire that appears when you get soul and spirit together, when psychology and spirituality join, and when you reach a point where you see eternal truths in a simple story from everyday life. This is a beautiful book.”
—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and A Religion of One’s Own

“Paul Dunion’s Path of the Novice Mystic offers us an unique invitation to live intimately, deepening our devotion to know life and to be “known by it.”  The author shows us the power of self-examination, what it looks like to give voice to the truths we discover within ourselves. He calls us to remain beginners on the spiritual path—no matter how long we’ve been on it—so that we may always be stirred, moved, and touched by life’s mystery.”
—Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and The Soul of Success

“Paul Dunion offers us an insightful travel guide for the journey of making    peace with the uncertain world we find ourselves in today. He invites us back to what most of us knew in life, but then over time forgot the joy and wonder that comes from accepting life’s impenetrable mystery.”
—Thom Allena, Professor of Peace Studies, University of New Mexico and co-author of Restorative Justice on the College Campus