Excerpt from The Alchemical Transformation of the Wisdom Passage:
Based on “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

"'How strange Africa is,' thought the boy.  “He was sitting in a bar very much like the other bars he had seen along the narrow streets of Tangier. Some men were smoking from a gigantic pipe that they passed from one to the other. In just a few hours he had seen men walking hand in hand, women with their faces covered, and priests that climbed to the tops of towers and chanted—as everyone about him went to their knees and placed their foreheads on the ground.  “‘A practice of infidels,’ he said to himself. As a child in church, he had always looked at the image of Saint Santiago Matamoros on his white horse, his sword unsheathed, and figures such as these kneeling at his feet. The boy felt ill and terribly alone. The infidels had an evil look about them.  “Besides this, in the rush of his travels he had forgotten a detail, just one detail, which could keep him from his treasure for a long time: only Arabic was spoken in this country.”  Like most people, Santiago is skeptical of people he doesn’t know—people who are different. And like most people, Santiago has been steeped in inflammatory

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The Seeing Heart and the Tools of Wisdom:
Chapters VII, VIII & Epilogue of The Wisdom Way of Knowing

WRITTEN BY HEATHER RUCE & SUSAN LATIMER Welcome to Chapters VII, VIII and the Epilogue, in our continuing series of posts focusing on Cynthia Bourgeault's foundational work, The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart; where Wisdom postholders have shared, chapter by chapter, their experiences with this little book. You will find the links to previous posts in this series at the end of this post, along with a place to share your comments. Heather Ruce opens with her comments about Chapter VII, while Susan Latimer closes this post with her summary of Chapter VIII and the Epilogue.   Chapter VII: Seeing with the Eye of the Heart, with Heather Ruce Each morning we wake to find ourselves on a river upon which we have never been, we proceed in uncharted waters, and we do not know where we are headed. As Wisdom students we’ve learned that it is not so much about needing to know where we are going but rather knowing where to see from and how to find our way in unknown waters. At this time, we are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic fragility, and the many murders of

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The Luminous Gospels: An Online Retreat (6/9-11)

Dear Wisdom Community, Interested in an introduction to (or a refresher on) the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip?  If so, join us for a three-day online romp through these "Luminous Gospels"—next week!  We'll be gathering twice a day at 10:00 and 2:00 EDT, Tuesday-Thursday, 6/9-11.  These three Wisdom Gospels came to light in the mid-20th century and give us new insight into the development of early Christianity, the metaphysics undergirding Jesus’ teaching, and the apostolic authority of Mary Magdalene. We'll begin by exploring Jesus as Master of Wisdom and Master of the Heart, and then unfold that vision Gospel by Gospel.  Used as essential texts within our Wisdom School community, these gospels offer a coherent and luminous map of the journey from timelessness into time, and finally into integration and conscious union–a journey that unfolds within what Jesus calls “the bridal chamber” of the human heart. How does one become a "complete" or "fully" human being?  What is the "kingdom of God"?  How do we awaken the heart?  Come join us as we ask these questions, chant, pray, and learn together. If you'd like to join, please register through the following link. There is a suggested donation of

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Vertical Exchange:
“Web” Exercise, Commentaries Part V, F

In response to the growing awareness around the globe that we are in the midst of a time of profound planetary readjustment, Cynthia began to teach in what we are calling the Pandemic Homework Series. She says: This is a permanent and collective reset of our collective human conscience and will resolve itself only as a few more of us become willing and able to step up to the plate to live a different reality. On Pentecost, Cynthia invited us to the "Web" saying, "I wonder if our casually joined atmospheres could indeed "warm the earth" on this day of cosmic arising." May it be so, as we move into our days with the tender ardor of this Pentecost's fire burning in our hearts. You will find links to the whole of the series and to the book from which the exercises are drawn, as well as an opportunity to share your comments and questions, at the end of this post. Coming soon is Cynthia's windows on the "Four Ideals" exercises, and her Pentecostal message. We welcome you now to the last of the "Web" exercise commentaries. One final point to keep in mind before we tackle the Four Ideals

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Poverty, Chastity, Obedience:
“Web” Exercise, Commentaries Part V, E

The initial commentaries on the “Web” exercise speak to the relationship between a personal "atmosphere" and the "web" that comes into being through group work together, and remains, undispersed, when the group is apart. As a potential exchange between the group atmosphere and the planetary atmosphere grows, Cynthia invites us here to consider how the monastic vows support, with "due humility and awe," the group work possible at this level. Welcome to Cynthia's latest post in her Pandemic Homework series, the fifth of her Commentaries on the "Web" exercise, from Joseph Azize's new book on the work of G. I. Gurdjieff. See the links to all the posts in the series at the end of this post, where you can also learn more about the book. We encourage you to share your comments below. Now, to Cynthia: You might picture Gurdjieff’s "web" as a two-directional amplifier. Directed inwardly, it enables individual group members to draw continuing replenishment from the collective strength of the whole. Directed outwardly, it boosts the magnitude of the group’s common aim to a point where “you can have a reciprocal action on a whole city.” Through the amplifying effect of its web, the group becomes a real

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