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Participation Is the Only Way

Life as Participation Participation Is the Only Way Friday, September 10, 2021 Some of the most exciting and fruitful thought in recent theology can be described as the “turn toward participation.” [1] Religion as participation is a rediscovery of the Perennial Tradition that so many saints and mystics have spoken of in their own ways. It… Continue Reading Participation Is the Only Way

Learning the Wisdom of Jesus

Wisdom Learning the Wisdom of Jesus Monday, February 22, 2021 Although we cannot be a part of Jesus’ original “seminary of life” as the disciples were, contemplative theologian Beatrice Bruteau (1930‒2014) proposes that we can learn the wisdom of Jesus by drawing closer to him, eventually coming to live out of the same consciousness he… Continue Reading Learning the Wisdom of Jesus

The Kingdom as Consciousness

Jesus and the Reign of God The Kingdom as Consciousness Wednesday, November 18, 2020 In his letter to the Philippians, Paul offers a puzzling injunction to the new Christians. He writes, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Jesus Christ” (2:5). CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault explores how developing this kind of… Continue Reading The Kingdom as Consciousness

An Interspiritual Guide

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two An Interspiritual Guide Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Our true nature is stillness, The Source from which we come. . . . . The deep listening of pure contemplation Is the path to stillness. All words disappear into It, And all creation awakens to the delight of Just Being.… Continue Reading An Interspiritual Guide

Falling Away from I AM

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Falling Away from I AM Tuesday, October 27, 2020 To be nothing Is to consent to being a simple creature. This is the place of encounter with “I AM that I Am.” When there is no more “me, myself, or mine,” Only “I AM” remains. Then the “I”… Continue Reading Falling Away from I AM

Two Sides of the Coin

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center Two Sides of the Coin Sunday, March 8, 2020 If taken seriously and used responsibly, the Enneagram is a tool that can help us move from dualistic thinking to nondual consciousness. It helps us recognize and forgive the paradoxes that we all carry, what we might call our “sins.” The Enneagram… Continue Reading Two Sides of the Coin

The Desert Mystics

Action and Contemplation: Part Three The Desert Mystics
 Monday, January 20, 2020 Though I deeply admire the Desert Fathers and Mothers, I must be completely honest with you. There is much about them that I do not find attractive or helpful. And it is important to share that here, or you might pick up one of the collections of their “sayings” and… Continue Reading The Desert Mystics

Universal Consciousness

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Universal Consciousness Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Step Ten: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. [1] Wisely, Step Ten does not emphasize a moral inventory, which becomes too self-absorbed and self-critical, but it speaks of a “personal inventory.” In other words, just watch yourself objectively, calmly, and compassionately. You will… Continue Reading Universal Consciousness

A Universal Addiction

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One A Universal Addiction Sunday, December 8, 2019 The addiction and overdose crisis . . . does not so much reflect moral failings of individuals as it does reveal a sickness that has infected the country and our collective consciousness. —Timothy McMahan King [1] Living School alumnus Tim King fairly attributes the… Continue Reading A Universal Addiction

Shadow Work: Weekly Summary

Shadow Work Summary: Sunday, September 8—Friday, September 13, 2019 Our shadow self is any part of ourselves or our institutions that we try to hide or deny because it seems socially unacceptable. (Sunday) Carl Jung had a mixed past—don’t we all?—yet his very mistakes usually led him to recognize and heal the shadow self that… Continue Reading Shadow Work: Weekly Summary

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