Tag Archives: Contemplation

Contemplative Consciousness: Weekly Summary

Contemplative Consciousness Summary: Sunday, January 7-Friday, January 12, 2018 We must discover and accept what unique part of the divine mystery is ours to reflect. The most courageous thing we will ever do is to bear humbly the mystery of our own reality, to trust our divine image and grow in God’s likeness. (Sunday) Contemplation Read More »

Learning to See

Contemplative Consciousness Learning to See Wednesday, January 10, 2017 If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to [us] as it is, infinite. —William Blake [1] Contemplation is about seeing, but a kind of seeing that is much more than mere looking because it also includes recognizing and thus appreciating. The contemplative Read More »

The Second Gaze

Contemplative Consciousness The Second Gaze Sunday, January 7, 2018 Contemplation helps us to actually experience our experiences so that they can become transformational. Contemplation exposes our small self so that we can be open to our Big Self, which many of us call “God.” This week we will explore what the contemplative mind is and Read More »

Introduction: Image and Likeness: Weekly Summary

Introduction: Image and Likeness Summary: Sunday, December 31, 2017-Friday, January 5, 2018 Epiphany The “image” described in Genesis refers to our eternal essence in God which cannot be increased or decreased. “Likeness” refers to our personal and unique embodiment of that inner divine image. It is our gradual realization of this gift. (Sunday) My goal in the Read More »

Living in the Now: Weekly Summary

Living in the Now Summary: Sunday, November 19-Friday, November 24, 2017 Of all the things I have learned and taught over the years, I can think of nothing that could be of more help to you than living in the now. (Sunday) I could tell you that God is not elsewhere and heaven is not Read More »

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault: Weekly Summary

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault Summary: Sunday, October 15-Friday, October 20, 2017 This week guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault reflected on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and The Cloud of Unknowing. Teilhard reveals a wrenchingly honest acknowledgement of our human predicament and an unfailing fidelity to seeing God in every aspect of Read More »

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Summary

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, August 13-Friday, August 18, 2017 This week guest writer and CAC teacher James Finley explored the true self and false self through Thomas Merton’s teaching. A prayerful, respectful pursuit of Merton’s understanding of the true self can bring us to the brink of the insight into Read More »

Living in God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Living in God Friday, August 18, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In ways known only to God, the one seeking God in silence unexpectedly falls through the barriers Read More »

Existence

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Existence Thursday, August 17, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. The contemplative journeys within, to discover “that if you descend into the depths of your own spirit . . Read More »

Completing the Divine Circuit

True Self and False Self: Week 1 Completing the Divine Circuit Thursday, August 10, 2017 Let me describe God’s universal love as best I can: love is recognizing oneself in the other by realizing they are not other! We are all in this together. We normally have to start with little others—beloved, friend, child, parents—to Read More »

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