Drawing on his life as an organic farmer and over six decades of meditation, contemplative John Butler gently guides us on a journey towards inner stillness. Born in the 1930’s, John reflects on the slow emergence of a spirituality shaped by years of deep connection to the natural world, mantra meditation, and an unexpected mystical experience of Jesus. He also reflects on his sadness at struggling to connect with a Church suspicious of the journey he’s been on.

After the interview Nomad hosts Tim Nash and Nick Thorley reflect on their own experiences of stillness and meditation and the role it has played in the emergence of their spirituality.

Interview starts at 16m 47s

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“The great spaces, the great silences – the desert, the stars as I had always looked to for this silence – is actually within myself.”

“That’s a perfect illustration of what a mantra is – a mantra’s just an airplane. It helps take you through the mind into beyond the mind, which is spirit.”

“I don’t really like words. I never felt much drawn to human knowledge. I prefer to look at the sky, grass – that’s my book of God.”


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