From Narrative Self to Witnessing Self: Crossing the Threshold with Cynthia Bourgeault
This silent, meditation-based teaching retreat will offer both a theoretical and a practical inquiry into the gradual transition from a more limited sense of selfhood anchored in personal story-telling and drama to a more spacious and less cognitively constructed selfhood, widely known as “The Witness.” While the whole concept of witnessing presence is widely recognized in Eastern spiritual practice, it still presents a stumbling block for many Western Christians, who cannot imagine a “true self” without specifically defining features and a personal narrative. Our retreat, approached from the perspective of Christian nonduality, will attempt to help advancing practitioners approach this threshold with more confidence and ease.
While the retreat is open to experienced meditators on all paths (and an established meditation practice is a prerequisite), it will hold particular interest for advanced practitioners of Centering Prayer, where it will unpack some of the key ideas in Cynthia’s highly acclaimed The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice, particularly the notion of “nondual personhood.”
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