The separate self is the major problem,
not the shadow self which only takes deeper forms of disguise.
Many people presume that the job of religion is to eliminate evil; however, how we eliminate evil is much more important! Violence, injustice, and greed only increase when they are denied in ourselves and projected onto others—this is the “shadow” self.
Most immature religion has attacked the shadow directly, focusing on the symptom while missing the actual source of evil. This leaves self-righteous and high-minded people feeling like they are in control, when in reality they are ignoring the core problem—the mistaken belief that we are separate from God and each other.
We have always been one in Love.
Fr. Richard Rohr, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Mirabai Starr, and Ken Wilber explore our misguided attempts to overcome evil. They help us rediscover all beings’ inherent unity and belovedness. Conversion demands immense humility and honesty rather than zeal or purity. The autonomous, egocentric, and separate self must give way to our True Self.
Facing our shadow is a breakthrough to grace and mercy. Embracing the parts of ourselves we’ve denied also reveals a “golden shadow”—our goodness, giftedness, and generosity!
The integrated, whole individual is a powerful force for oneing.
Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters. —Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Maybe the most difficult stranger to welcome is the one who lives inside us. —Mirabai Starr
We must die before we die. Suffering—whenever we are not in control—is the most effective way to destabilize and reveal our arrogance, our separateness, and our lack of compassion. If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. —Fr. Richard Rohr
If a culture treats a particular illness with compassion and enlightened understanding, then sickness can be seen as a challenge, as a healing crisis and opportunity. Being sick is then not a condemnation or a moral judgment, but a movement in a larger process of healing and restoration. —Ken Wilber
This is the fifth conference in CAC’s CONSPIRE series, based on Richard Rohr’s Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy. Whether or not you’ve participated previously, you are welcome! CAC events draw over 1,000 individuals who are compassionate, caring, engaged, and share a common desire to grow spiritually. Conferences offer a combination of exceptional teaching and opportunities for practice and reflection, grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition.
- Resources (books, videos, and other materials referenced throughout the conference)
- Conference recording: Registrants will receive access to the edited, downloadable videos when they become available in mid-August (included with registration for both the in-person and webcast conference).