Dear Wisdom Seekers,
I’m just back from a week away in Stonington, Maine with friends and teacher, Cynthia Bourgeault, diving directly into the insides of what mystical courage might look like when we actively choose to keep within in order to rise.
Holding a contemplative heart in the bareness of your hands isn’t easy. Thinking it might be easy would be like holding the tip of a lit match between your fingers: the burning bush ablaze but not consumed. Germination, after all, is hot precisely due to its proximity to origin. Or as Fr. Bruno Barnhart got at it, “the sabbath […] is both time and place and at the same time time beyond time and place.” Somehow we transcend ourselves while holding ourselves together. The sheer amount of hugs I gave and received last week, as the pandemic lifts, is a welcomed testament to this objective reality that we are made for the flow of love to pass through us ...Continue reading...
Northeast Wisdom/Wisdom Waypoints has launched a two-year, four-book Foundational Wisdom Practice Book Circle Series that includes: The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Jesus, and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. These Wisdom books engage learners in the foundational teaching of our Wisdom lineage.
Wisdom Practice Book Circles are designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. Ideal for newcomers to our Wisdom community and for those ready to ‘go deeper in Wisdom’, these Wisdom circles offer inspiration and practices for our awakening presence.
Each month these book circles offer:Grounding in the practices of a Wisdom Circle Supportive group discussions facilitated by seasoned Wisdom practitioners examining the readings in each foundational Wisdom text Mindful attentional practices and Inner Tasks Meditation and Chant Body movements and sacred gesture
Circle Times: Each Wisdom book series is offered on one Tuesday a month at three different times for the convenience of participants. Select the time that suits your ...Continue reading...
These final chapters of “The Wisdom Jesus” is where the rubber really hits the road. Since January more than ninety of us have been traveling along together with this important book. We’ve been invited to imaginatively alter our paradigms of thinking, to really question the foundation on which we live our lives. In a sense, to reconsider Christianity, from a place of inner recognition, inner receptivity and inner authority. We’ve had an opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct some of our perhaps outdated, unhelpful or fuzzy theology that we’ve been accustomed to living inside of. I love the questions Cynthia poses right at the beginning of the book: What do we even mean by Christianity? What is the filter we’re looking through? To what extent are we sleep-walking through our own version of Christianity, versus actually having a sense of direct knowing and lived experience of the Wisdom Jesus? Do we sense that mutual loving? Do we know who Jesus is? Do we experience that heart-to- heart connection, that inter-abiding?
It’s so interesting to me ...Continue reading...
There is a hunger for spiritual witness and integration as we travel the Wisdom path in community. Wisdom Waypoints is exploring ways we can support “living the work”, grounding in practice and integrating the rich teachings from Cynthia and others into our lives.
We at Wisdom Waypoints/Northeast Wisdom want to create spaces for the Wisdom journey to consciously unfold, no matter where in the process one may be entering the Wisdom stream.
We imagine various portals or entry points. Two such portals we are envisioning include:One-on-one Spiritual Companioning Group Spiritual Companioning One-on-one Wisdom Spiritual Companioning
Wisdom community members who are wanting to deepen and integrate their personal, spiritual and communal Wisdom journey and would value some one-on-one Spiritual companioning may request a Wisdom Spiritual Companion Directory. A list of seasoned Wisdom practitioners trained in the art of Spiritual Companioning will be distributed. Wisdom Waypoints will simply serve as a bridge, sharing this Wisdom Spiritual Companion Directory with anyone in the Wisdom Community who expresses interest. From there, community members may ...Continue reading...
This eCourse includes over 40 sessions filmed live during a five-day Imaginal Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault at the Valle Crucis Conference Center in North Carolina August 16-21, 2020. The Course materials have been formatted and organized for easy access and use in an eCourse format, while carefully preserving the daily rhythm and structure of the live event. The materials have been designed to empower and equip you with everything you need to reproduce the Wisdom School learning experience in your own setting and circumstances. And when you enroll in this eCourse you’ll be joining a vibrant community of committed students as you experience the profound and practical nature of these teachings.About the Imaginal Wisdom School eCourse
In this unique online learning opportunity, Cynthia Bourgeault illuminates the particular qualities and gifts of the Imaginal realm as an accessible world just beyond our own, and available to us for spiritual nurturance and exchange. Furthermore, as Cynthia emphatically states, “we are counted on for our uniquely human contribution to this exchange—a ...Continue reading...
Dear wisdom friends,
By now the word is out that I am officially stepping back from active duty as a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation. As a newly minted “faculty emeritus,” I will no longer actively teach in the Living School or be a regular presence at CAC symposia and conferences. My course material will continue to factor prominently in the Living School curriculum for the foreseeable future, and the expectation is that I will keep a hand in with occasional special teachings and presentations.
I want to make very clear to all that this decision to step back is motivated neither by ill health nor ill will. Entirely au contraire, it rests squarely on both of these rather remarkable graces: of a still robust health, and dear, trusted friends at the CAC who have given both support and wise encouragement to what the Quakers would call a “leading”—a strong inner prompt to accept a new invitation. In this time of global upheaval I have found ...Continue reading...
How wonderful, that, here we are, discussing “Chapter Nine: The Passion,” “Chapter Ten: The Crucifixion and Its Aftermath,” and “Chapter Eleven: The Great Easter Fast” in The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault. How poignant to be leaning into her writing about Holy Week and the fifty days following Easter—in the thick of it, right now. Ascension, May 13th, and Pentecost, yet to come. We remain. Abide in this quiet thin time of the year when the resurrected Jesus walked the earth visiting and teaching before his final departure as embodied form. Forty days, then ten. Time to pause, to hear what is waiting to come into birth from the absolute depths of us.
Beginning with “the Passion as really the mysteries of all mysteries, the heart of the Christian faith experience (pg. 104), Cynthia walks us through the last days and death of Jesus with fresh eyes. In freely accepting his short and intense life, Jesus en-courages us to “make the passage into unitive life”:... Continue reading...
Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book Mystical Courage: Commentaries on Selected Contemplative Exercises by G. I. Gurdjieff, as Compiled by Joseph Azize is available for purchase. This collection of six G.I. Gurdjieff exercises from Joseph Azize’s book Gurdjieff: Mysticism, Contemplation, and Exercises illuminated by Cynthia’s own commentaries for, in her words, “a broader spiritual audience…connecting the dots between the familiar world of Christian contemplation and the brave new world of Gurdjieffian metaphysics and nomenclature…” (pg. xi).
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Cynthia worked these six exercises herself, with a small group of friends who have decades in the work, before bringing them to the larger Wisdom community for our collective work together—a suggested “pandemic homework” specifically gathered for these times.
In her introduction Cynthia speaks about the step in the Gurdjieff work that takes us beyond the pause and adaptations necessitated by the pandemic. She speaks about the opportunity when stopped in our tracks to lean “into the awkwardness of that ‘ ...Continue reading...
All of nature with its forms and creatures exist together and are interwoven with each other. They will be resolved back to their own proper origin, for the compositions of matter return to the original roots of their nature.
Those who have ears, let them hear this.
Everyone who begins to study and know their own states is well aware that our experience is a constant dying and rebirth. We must not be frightened as we come to see this, although it really is a terrifying thing that we have no power to keep hold of our own life; that it has to be renewed or given back to us by something that does not come from ourselves.
But even when we do see the helplessness with which we fall into oblivion, at that moment when we are most trying to hold onto ourselves, we must learn to trust that there is something that calls us back, and will call us back. And ...Continue reading...
We see that at Christ’s death the whole world entered upon a cosmic spring the harvest of which will be the remaking of our universes in newness and splendor. At the moment of Christ’s death the veil in the temple was rent in two from top to bottom, the veil that hung before the Holy of Holies. The veil of the temple represented the whole universe as it stands between God and man. At the moment when Christ’s act of redemption is consummated, the whole cosmos opens itself to the Godhead, bursts open for God like a flowerbud. The universe is no longer what it was before.
The Son of God tore open the whole world and made it transparent to God’s light. The transformation of the world is even now a reality.
The Heart of the Heart of the world,
the Heart of the Heart of the world
Draw us deeper,
draw us ...