Archer’s own life was transformed 30 years ago, when she learned about the process of using imagination in meditation. She explains, “Basically, I flunked ‘clearing my mind’ meditation, and Centering Prayer never seemed to work for me… Entering a story in imagination in meditation opened an experiential channel between me and the Divine where I could receive spiritual insights to ponder, the whole experience shepherded by a trained, but
non-clergy, lay person.”
“Unlike in our modern world, where only scientific facts and physical experiences are to be trusted, my book proposes the reality of a spiritual world where Love resides,” says Archer. “My book maintains that imagination is not something to fear but can be used to access that world.”
Mary Ann Archer is a spiritual director, retreat leader and professional flutist. She received her Master of Arts in spiritual direction from General Theological Seminary in New York City. She has worked with individuals and groups in spiritual direction for more than 30 years, focusing on active imagination. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 26 years, she now performs with orchestras across the South and lives with her husband, Frank, and their cats in Charlotte, North Carolina.