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Tag Archives: Cynthia Bourgeault

Mystical Hope

The Universal Pattern Mystical Hope Thursday, April 16, 2020 Hope is the main impulse of life. —Ilia Delio, OSF [1] Because we are so quickly led to despair, most of us cannot endure suffering for long without some sliver of hope or meaning. However, it is worth asking ourselves about where our hope lies. My… Continue Reading Mystical Hope

Type Seven: The Need to Avoid Pain

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center Type Seven: The Need to Avoid Pain Friday, March 13, 2020 Holy Idea: Holy Wisdom, Holy Work, Holy Plan Virtue: Sobriety Passion: Gluttony [1] Sevens have been called the “Peter Pans” of the world, yet many Sevens, including our own Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, are completely… Continue Reading Type Seven: The Need to Avoid Pain

Gurdjieff and the Enneagram

Enneagram Part Two: Heart Center Gurdjieff and the Enneagram Monday, March 2, 2020  My friend Russ Hudson and his writing partner, the late Don Richard Riso, give some of the history of the Enneagram in their book The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The person responsible for bringing the Enneagram symbol to the modern world was George… Continue Reading Gurdjieff and the Enneagram

Developing a Wise Presence

Mind, Body, Heart Developing a Wise Presence
 Tuesday, February 18, 2020 CAC Faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault shares how Three-Centered Awareness—heart, mind, and body—allows us to be fully present to ourselves, our lives, and God.   When a person is poised in all three centers, balanced and alertly there, a shift happens in consciousness. Rather than being trapped in our usual mind, with its… Continue Reading Developing a Wise Presence

Our Three Intelligences

Mind, Body, Heart Our Three Intelligences Monday, February 17, 2020 After her theological training and ordination in the Episcopal tradition, my friend Cynthia Bourgeault has spent much of the last two decades teaching the Wisdom tradition in a Christian context. You are about to read something that it took me most of my life to begin to… Continue Reading Our Three Intelligences

A Way of Being

Mind, Body, Heart A Way of Being
 Sunday, February 16, 2020 Wisdom is not the result of mental effort. It cannot be gained through intellectual study. Even life experiences do not make us wise if we don’t process them humbly and consciously. Sadly, most of us were never taught how to do that, which is why so few older people are true elders, with any wisdom to pass on to the next generations.  … Continue Reading A Way of Being

Alumni Quarterly — Winter 2020

Dear Living School Alumni, The new Alumni Quarterly is here—and this issue’s theme is Rhythm of Life, with a particular focus on contemplative solidarity. This electronic magazine exists to resource your daily lives at the intersection of action and contemplation, to keep you in touch with one another, and to inspire us toward lives soaked,… Continue Reading Alumni Quarterly — Winter 2020

Final Court of Appeal

Gender and Sexuality Final Court of Appeal Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Today I share thoughts from Episcopal priest and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault on an important question, “What does the Bible say about sexual orientation?” For the record, I couldn’t agree more with her response, so I will allow her words to stand on… Continue Reading Final Court of Appeal

Laying Down Our Life

Conscious Love Laying Down Our Life Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on authentic love, distinguishing it from infatuation or romance. She begins by sharing insights from Scottish psychiatrist Maurice Nicoll (1884–1953), offering a basis for understanding union within the Gospel framework. Nicoll suggests that laying down one’s soul for our neighbor “is… Continue Reading Laying Down Our Life

Love in Service of Transformation

Conscious Love Love in Service of Transformation Monday, June 17, 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest and one of the Center’s core faculty members, calls Jesus’ teaching and way of life “the path of conscious love.” She writes: “Conscious love” . . . emphasizes the life-affirming and implicitly relational nature of the path, and the… Continue Reading Love in Service of Transformation

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