Shared Imagination Author at Holy Comforter Church in Charlotte, October 15, 7-9 pm

Women and men are invited to the monthly Darrow-Owens meeting and pot-luck dinner.  After dinner, Mary Ann will explain the imaginative pathway and tell true stories from her book, with images illustrating the meditational and real-life experiences.  She will end the presentation by leading the group in a short, easy, non-sharing meditation.  Signed copies of her book will be available through the church’s bookstore.

Shared Imagination to be listed in the holiday issue of The New York Review of Books!

In December, look for Mary Ann’s book on the Independent Press listing of this venerable and respected literary and review journal.  Available in print and online at https://www.nybooks.com


Shared Imagination coverUsing imagination in Ignatian-style meditation can connect people to the Divine and to each other and can deepen the spiritual experiences of daily life.  Shared Imagination delves into that notion, offering a creative and experiential channel to the Divine and describing the surprising ways this process can blossom in people’s lives.

The work centers on personal stories of spiritual encounters as told, with permission, by the women and men who have entered the world of prayerful imagining.  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.  Instructions on how to form and facilitate an imaginative meditation group are interspersed between the stories and detailed in three appendices.

Arising from author Mary Ann Archer’s experiences as a professional musician and spiritual director, this collection of personal spiritual narratives presents an exploration of the use of imagination in meditation for a clearer connection with the Divine.

Shared Imagination is available at Park Road Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.


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Mary Ann Archer is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and professional flutist/piccoloist.  She received her master of arts degree in spiritual direction from General Theological Seminary in New York City.  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.