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Tag Archives: Cynthia Bourgeault

Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

True Self/Separate Self Trusting a Deeper Aliveness Friday, September 4, 2020 I believe a regular practice of Centering Prayer is one of the most effective tools we have for discovering our True Self. Sitting in silence, we become adept at compassionately observing our separate self at work, as it tries to maintain control of the… Continue Reading Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

She Does Not Run

Mary Magdalene She Does Not Run Tuesday, July 21, 2020 One of my favorite things about Cynthia Bourgeault is the way she poses questions that get right to the heart of the matter. Her brilliant scholarship comes from the fullness of her being—body, heart, and mind. Her study of Mary Magdalene is no exception, as… Continue Reading She Does Not Run

Go Back to the Gospels

Mary Magdalene Go Back to the Gospels Monday, July 20, 2020 Today, Cynthia Bourgeault, a member of the CAC’s teaching faculty, shares an epiphany she had about the significance of Mary Magdalene’s presence at the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. I was spending Holy Week 2005 on a “working retreat” with the Fraternités monastiques… Continue Reading Go Back to the Gospels

Love and Knowing Become One

Mary Magdalene Love and Knowing Become One Sunday, July 19, 2020 This week I’m excited to share another wonderful model of action and contemplation, Mary Magdalene. One of Jesus’ closest disciples, the Catholic Church celebrates her feast day on July 22.  My friend Cynthia Bourgeault tells a story about the moment when she told an… Continue Reading Love and Knowing Become One

Dying Before We Die

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Dying Before We Die Wednesday, July 8, 2020 CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault addresses a fear that motivates all of us on some level—the fear of death. It is a matter of true wisdom to know how to face death wisely and courageously, which is why every religion and culture… Continue Reading Dying Before We Die

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

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