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Mar 3, 2020 - Apr 30, 2021

Wisdom Meditation-Ongoing

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Wisdom Zoom Meditation Continues!

There has been an arising among many of us in our Wisdom collective…to FIND A WAY to gather virtually, during this time. This crisis offers us the opportunity to gather prayers and intentions from all around the world. Our technical ability to CONNECT ACROSS THE GLOBE has ‘prepared us well’ for such a moment as this and RISES TO MEET US as we engage in NEW ways of CONNECTING as a Wisdom community.

To that end….

We will continue to offer a 30 minute collective Wisdom Pause “for Silence and Stillness” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These PAUSES (Virtual Wisdom Practice Opportunities) will be offered twice a day at 10:30am EDT (7:30 am PDT) and 7pm EDT (4:00pm PDT), on M/W/F.

Wisdom members of our collective will be leading each sit, with a time for chant, and meditation/stillness in each Zoom gathering. If you have never worked with zoom before, all you need to do is download the free ZOOM App, and then CLICK on the highlighted ZOOM address below, during the scheduled time of each gathering.

Below are the zoom links:

Important: all zoom Wisdom Sits will now be PASSWORD PROTECTED. The PASSWORD for ALL sits is: wisdomsit

ONGOING ZOOM SIT LINKS with PASSWORD: wisdomsit

Mondays at 10:30am EDT with Elizabeth Combs and Jeanine Siler Jones
https://zoom.us/j/436279796?pwd=bHBlaHVmME9DbVVzOWUvNTdFMzZPdz09

Mondays at 7:00pm EDT with Barbara Stevens
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87233323236?pwd=bVIrYjBwQW1KWUNObUFXUkcyREZvdz09
Meeting ID: 872 3332 3236

Wednesdays at 10:30am EDT with Kristy Christian or Marcella Kraybill-Greggo
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3451245537?pwd=bDVBSW8wZnlTMmg3eEt0cW5MZDJ0UT09
Meeting ID: 345 124 5537

Wednesdays at 7pm EDT with Beth O’Neil
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72215743565?pwd=Z2t2My9CZEtYS0F1Y2I4RkVvNFBFQT09
Meeting ID: 722 1574 3565

Fridays at 10:30am EDT with Heather Ruce
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/251589115

Fridays at 7pm EDT with Kristy Christian
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3451245537?pwd=bDVBSW8wZnlTMmg3eEt0cW5MZDJ0UT09
Meeting ID: 345 124 5537

STAYING CONNECTED is part of our health as well as our OFFERING for our world!

Much love, health and light to all,

Marcella

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Dec 9, 2020 - Apr 21, 2021

Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Chant Sessions with Susan Latimer, Elizabeth Combs

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Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Wednesday Chant Sessions Offered Weekly

Chanting is a wonderful practice for bringing both the Moving Center (body, breath, tone) and the Emotional Center (open heart) online. It is a spiritual practice that opens our hearts, nourishes our nervous systems, prepares us for prayer and meditation as a bridge into stillness, and connects us to our innate joy, courage, steadfastness, peace, beauty, truth and goodness.

In times of great uncertainty and change, we find chant to be one of the things that most grounds us. These sessions draw chants from Wisdom Schools, various spiritual and religious traditions, sacred texts, old hymns and poetry.

Because of the limitations of synching sound on Zoom, all participants are muted except for the one leading. This allows everyone to chant along in their own space. (Great if you are shy about sharing your voice! Fun if you like to try harmonies!) To join, just click on the zoom link below.

ALL are welcome.

 

From Susan Latimer:
Chanting is my go-to practice for grounding, centering, heart-opening, healing. When I was unable to do Centering prayer during my 8 months of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer (2017) I chanted. I am a singer, pianist, Episcopal priest, and mom of two grown sons. Last summer I moved back home to Southern CA after 35 years on the East Coast. I have been blessed by connections in this Wisdom community since 2015, and started writing Wisdom chants soon after. I have learned much about the spirituality of the voice from my work with Therese Schroeder-Sheker. This March I felt called to offer a chance for folks to gather on Zoom and chant together. Soon afterwards my friend Elizabeth Combs joined me.

From Elizabeth Combs:
I have been chanting and singing my whole life, and it is the practice that most grounds me in my heart. I remember singing Southern Baptist hymns as my first prayer of breath and vibration. I found my way to Wisdom chant through Cynthia’s Wisdom schools, after many years chanting Sanskrit mantras in the yogic tradition. I enjoy creating chants and like to play my crystal bowls and shruti box outside in the trees. At other times, I can be found caring for clients in my energy balancing practice, crafting herbal remedies or hanging out with my son Jack.

Come to sing with Susan and Elizabeth as they lead thirty minutes of Contemplative Chant via Zoom every Wednesday at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87553233720?pwd=TlgzdFZ2aU5IbnZuazFHSmk4WjcvZz09
Password: chant

If you’d like to download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system, here’s the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZMocuqqrTgtGNQCuFZHpVr6wQLcBRgd1xeH/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGvqz4pGNeWtxuHRpwEGY_4b-rztnZajY1svwrDOQhDVBGgIdNuMZBNF9yB

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Jan 6 - May 23, 2021

“How, Then, Shall We Live?” A Virtual Program with Bill Redfield

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Short Summary. So much in our Wisdom work is finding a deeper understanding and appreciation of how things are. What usually is not quite so directly considered, however, is how we shall live. While this implies a mode of being and awareness, it also suggests a sense of agency.

With a weekly recording, weekly scheduled Zoom groups, and suggested spiritual practices—this program will run through the liturgical seasons of Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Seeking to assist us to integrate deeper Wisdom understandings, it will address these mutually influencing questions—how we might live, how we might die, and how we might be transformed. Bill will be posting one recording a week (posted each Sunday) with two optional Friday Zoom gatherings each week. (During Holy Week, there will be one recording each day.) Despite the schedule, though, you are welcome to move through the program at your own speed.

Longer Explanation. So much in our Wisdom work is finding a deeper understanding and appreciation of how things are. In our work in this lineage stream we seem to pay particular attention to maps and understandings of consciousness, to the predilection of the nondual, to a deeper understanding of such dynamics as mercy and exchange. And this is important work.

What usually is not quite so directly considered, however, is, in and beyond these general understandings, the specific question of how—concretely—we shall live. While this implies a mode of being and awareness, it also suggests a sense of agency because it includes choice, action, and a sense of empowerment. Rather than the usual more philosophical treatise, then, I intend for this program to be eminently pragmatic and practical.

I have wanted to align this work with the liturgical seasons of Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, since this progression suggests a trajectory of manifestation, surrender, dying, and rising to new life. I find a deep coherence and Wisdom in this movement. This work, I hope, will be enhanced and deepened by this liturgical scaffolding. The purpose, however, will not be to study the scaffolding itself but to explore more deeply the levels of being and action that may influence our consideration of the guiding question, “how, then, shall we live?”

As in past programs, I will continue to use the means and methods that seem to work so well—recordings to carry the exploration and the teaching as well as Zoom groups to deepen the integration of the material and to develop a context of community and support for this work.

Because of the varied levels of time and opportunity on the part of participants, I encourage people to participate in this program at their own speed. Stretching over this five-month period, there will be one recording posted each week. These will routinely be about 45 minutes in length. But these will continue to be available beyond the season’s conclusion.

Again, I will utilize the Friday Zoom groups to deepen integration and to foster community. Meeting on Fridays at 9 am (Eastern) or 3 pm (Eastern), these gatherings are completely optional and will commence on Friday, January 15. Usually we will spend most of the hour in small breakout groups of three, addressing specific reflection questions. Participation is always welcomed, but consistent attendance is not required.

I have found the use of audio recordings to convey the teachings to be far more effective than the usual E-course format. There seems to be something about the vibratory resonance that calls forth the heart and the body, and not just the intellectual mind. Music is utilized not to sentimentalize the experience, but to deepen the vibratory intensity.

All of the orienting information and recordings will be available on a password protected page on my website for your continued access. This provides a container for our work that will provide safety and respect.

This program will include an inquiry into the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and will utilize relevant parts of the Gospel of Thomas and the other canonical Gospels. Additionally, specific practices will be introduced along the way.

Fee. This program is by donation. If you would like, I encourage you to donate at the end of the program. Rather than regarding this as a “fee” or “price” for the program “up front,” I would much prefer your donation be part of your response to its entirety and come at its conclusion. This program is my gift to you; your donation could represent your gift back to me. There is a PayPal button (“Support through donation”) on my website. If you would prefer to send a check, my address is: 234 Cushing Road, Newmarket, NH 03857.

Sign Up. Go to my website (https://www.williamredfield.com) and fill out the brief form on the homepage. I will send you the link and password. If you have any questions or concerns, please E-mail me directly (bill@williamredfield.com).

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Jan 14 - May 31, 2021

The Roots of Hope Run Deep: Timeless Wisdom to Guide a Perilous Passage with Cynthia Bourgeault

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The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault speaks of the Imaginal Roadmap: offering a much broader perspective on our planetary situation at this point: a map which renews hope while at the same time ratcheting up the demand for personal spiritual transformation.

Cynthia is passionately committed to the recovery of the Christian contemplative and wisdom traditions within an inclusive contemporary framework. She considers herself a “Wisdom Activist,” offering her work as a meeting ground where timeless spiritual wisdom (too often embalmed in esotericism) can powerfully engage the needs of our own times.

Hosted by Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo, this interview was recorded at the Wisdom in Times of Crisis online event through Science and Nonduality. Click here to watch The Roots of Hope Run Deep video.

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Jan 26 - May 25, 2021

Practice Circle – Wisdom Jesus: Live Zoom Online Book Group

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Northeast Wisdom/Wisdom Waypoints Practice Circle – Wisdom Jesus
Live Zoom Online Book Group held as a Wisdom Circle

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED

The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind – A new Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault (2008)

Once a month starting January 2021 ~ through May 2021

In Wisdom Jesus we will be attempting a new take on Jesus, a new look at him as a master in an ancient spiritual tradition which I’ll call wisdom. The angle of approach I will be using through this book is to see Jesus first and foremost as a wisdom teacher, a person who clearly emerges out of and works within an ancient tradition called “wisdom,” known sometimes as sophia perennis, which is in fact at the headwaters of all the great religious traditions of the world today. It’s concerned with the transformation of the whole human being. The key tool that we need to find and live the path today…this tool is our own power of inner recognition.” (p. 3, 4)

In our 5-month Tuesday Wisdom book Circle we will intentionally cultivate a Wisdom way of knowing through:

  • Grounding in the Practices of a Wisdom Circle
  • Supportive group discussions facilitated by seasoned Wisdom practitioners centering around readings in Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind – A new Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault: 3 – 4 chapters a month
  • Mindful attentional practices/Inner Tasks
  • Meditation
  • Body movements and sacred gesture

This Wisdom Practice book Circle is designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. As we come together in community, seeking inspiration and practices for our awakening, we will leave with a felt sense of our deepening presence and how we can be of service in the world.

Dates: Fourth Tuesday of the month: 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25

Times: Either 10:00 – 11:30am ET, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET, OR 7:00 – 8:30pm ET

Contribute: Suggested donation of $75 to Northeast Wisdom/Wisdom Waypoints, or an amount that is sustainable for you. You may donate online by following this link, click on the yellow “Donate” button. Northeast Wisdom activities are supported entirely by donations; if you can ‘pay it forward’ for another person, we are most grateful. Please include in the memo line “Wisdom Jesus”. Thank you.

Platform:  Zoom. Earbuds are suggested for clarity of hearing.

About Wisdom Jesus:
“There are few spiritual teachers who give us genuinely fresh insight, but even fewer who give us the tools so we can come to those insights for ourselves. Cynthia Bourgeault does both [in Wisdom Jesus], and does them very well”. ~ Richard Rohr                        

Sponsored by Northeast Wisdom/Wisdom Waypoints

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Feb 10 - Jun 9, 2021

Wisdom Informed Anti-Racism Practice Circle with Heather Ruce, Jeanine Siler Jones

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This monthly gathering is for those grounded in the Wisdom lineage and practices in which we seek to know God and our world with more of ourselves through the three centers of our heart, mind, and body. This experiential gathering is designed to expand our capacity to be awake to racism in ourselves and systems of racism in our community. Our time would consist of embodiment and grounding practices, engaging materials around racism/anti-racism, and time for small group deeper dives into the intersectionality in our lives.

We call this group into being because we sense a calling personally and collectively to do this work as the wounds of separateness and polarization continue to be illuminated. The Wisdom lineage invites us to deeply connect with our wholeness, to feel our remorse and to offer the qualities of our aliveness as we move through this period of great reckoning.

Background reading: The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault and My Grandmothers Hands by Resmaa Menakem

Dates:  Once a month, on Wednesdays, February 10 to June 9, 2021: 2/10, 3/10, 4/7, 5/12, 6/9

Time:  From 3:00-5:00 pm EST

Location:  Zoom (link to be sent once you sign up)

Cost:  Suggested donation: $75 for all five gatherings

Facilitators: Heather Ruce is a Wisdom Spiritual Director with training in Somatic Experiencing and Organic Intelligence which both focus on embodiment and neurophysiology to build resilience. She has been a student of Cynthia Bourgeault since 2012 and loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Wisdom Tradition. Jeanine Siler Jones is a Clinical Social Worker, Spiritual Director and Certified Enneagram Teacher. She has studied with Cynthia Bourgeault since 2009 and integrates Wisdom work into her practice with individuals, small groups and in retreat settings.

RSVP:    To Jeanine Siler Jones (jsilerjones@gmail.com)

Payment via Venmo: @Jeanine-Jones-4 or check: Jeanine Siler Jones, 239 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801                                                                             

(photo by shanlynndc)

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Feb 28 - Jun 28, 2021

Wisdom Infused Poetry: The Gathering with Linda Klopp & Kristy Christian

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Sharing our curiosity and spiritual wisdom…May we find shelter as we chant the vibrations of the universe, listen to the words of the poetic universe and discuss the calling of our universal heart! Join Kristy Christian and Linda Klpp the fourth Sunday of every month.

*** RSVP cyklopps@rcn.com ***

Zoom Information: Meeting ID: 824 9669 6270 Passcode: poems
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82496696270?pwd=RjdPbHRFNS82akxzamt5YVdMUmhMUT09

Time: 3-5:00pm EST

Free will offering, $10. For payment, please email klchristian21@gmail.com
Venmo @Kristy-Christian or Paypal klchristian21@gmail.com

Facilitators: Spiritual Directors Kristy Christian & Linda Klopp are travelers on the wisdom path and lovers of chant, poetry, and community.

Click here to download the flyer.

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