Vol 22 No 3 2015

Non-Dualism in Eckhart, Julian of Norwich and Traherne

James Charlton

Summary

It is unsurprising that the Australian poet James Charlton should write about the imagination, intuition and human experience. What is astonishing is the dexterous way he intertwines theology and poetry to create a unique "theopoetic reflection." Right from the start, he articulates his two-fold intention. On the one hand, he seeks to draw attention to the tendency within Western Christianity to stress divine transcendence at the expense of divine immanence; and on the other hand, he wishes his readers to "awaken" to the "non-dual experience" of a unified cosmos.