Mary Ann Archer, Class of 2002, has written a new book, “Shared Imagination: A Channel to God and with Each Other” (published by Balboa Press and available at Amazon). It is a collection of true, spiritual narratives using Ignatian style imagination in meditation and the spiritual experiences that can blossom in everyday life from using that method. The work centers on mostly first-person stories of meditations and life events, told with permission, interspersed with instructions on how to form and run a shared imagination group.
These encounters, or “shared imaginations,” arose in a variety of settings: individual and group meditation meetings, recounted dreams, shared spiritual experiences, imaginative conversations with God, letters written to holy people of the past, and some mystical traveling conversations. The stories illustrate the interlacing of an individual’s imagination with that of the Divine.
Archer will be introducing the imaginative meditation method at General on Saturday, September 22nd during an Ignatian weekend led by Dr. Anne Silver, Affiliated Prof. of Christian Spirituality, and also a member of the Class of 2002.
Archer is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and professional flutist. She has worked with individuals and groups in spiritual direction for more than thirty years, focusing on active imagination. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for twenty-six years, she now performs with orchestras across the South and lives with her husband, Frank, and their cats in Charlotte, North Carolina.
For more information, please visit her website.