Tag Archives: identity

Nodding to the Shadow

Shadow Work Nodding to the Shadow Wednesday, September 11, 2019 I want to emphasize that the shadow is not inherently evil or wrong; it varies from culture to culture. In the United States today, white dominant culture prizes competition, urgency, individualism, niceness (or avoidance of conflict), and logic. Other values and ways of being, such… Continue Reading Nodding to the Shadow

Remembering Who We Already Are

Nonviolence Remembering Who We Already Are Monday, August 19, 2019 My longtime friend, Catholic priest and peace activist John Dear, teaches that nonviolence requires three simultaneous attributes: being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent to others, including creation; and joining the global grassroots movement of nonviolence. John and the Franciscan organization Pace e Bene lead an… Continue Reading Remembering Who We Already Are

Listening for the Genuine

Interspiritual Mystics Listening for the Genuine Friday, August 9, 2019 Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki I’m encouraged by the rediscovery of the broad and deep contemplative mind, which for the first two thousand years of Christianity had largely been limited to monks, women religious, and mystics. It is not our metaphysics (“what is real”)… Continue Reading Listening for the Genuine

Love Is a Mirror

Conscious Love Love Is a Mirror Thursday, June 20, 2019 For true love is given to mirror and manifest God on earth, and not for self-realization and personal happiness. With the acceptance of those terms, the path comes into being. —Cynthia Bourgeault [1] Love is the ultimate reality. We can probably see this only through… Continue Reading Love Is a Mirror

Finding Our Life

Heaven Now Finding Our Life Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Anyone who wants to save his life must lose it. Anyone who loses her life will find it. —Matthew 16:25 This passage from Matthew is a very strong, almost brutal statement from Jesus. It has perhaps been discussed, dismissed, misunderstood, and conveniently forgotten more than almost… Continue Reading Finding Our Life

The Task within the Task

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Task within the Task Sunday, March 17, 2019 Religion and various models of human development seem to suggest there are two major tasks for each human life. The first task is to build a strong “container” or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was… Continue Reading The Task within the Task

Bodily Knowing

This Is My Body Bodily Knowing Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday Mutual desiring and indwelling is the intended impact of the Eucharist. We know that Jesus often referred to himself as the “bridegroom” (John 3:29; Matthew 9:15), and one of his first recorded acts of ministry was partying at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11),… Continue Reading Bodily Knowing

The Journey of Conversion

Christ in Paul’s Eyes The Journey of Conversion Sunday, February 24, 2019 Surely the biblical writer who most helps us discover the Christ Mystery is the Apostle Paul. Letters by Paul or influenced by him form one third of the New Testament. Paul is a foundational teacher for what became Christianity. [1] Yet he hardly… Continue Reading The Journey of Conversion

Upgrading Our Operating System

Jesus: Wisdom Teacher Upgrading Our Operating System Thursday, January 17, 2019 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. I would like to reflect on this idea of Jesus as a master of consciousness from a slightly different angle with the help of a contemporary computer metaphor: We… Continue Reading Upgrading Our Operating System

The Unconscious

Contemplation: Week 1 The Unconscious Friday, December 14, 2018 Feast Day of St. John of the Cross Both Jesus and Paul love to use the subtle metaphor of leaven or yeast. Paul says that we should “Throw out the old yeast and make ourselves into a totally new batch of bread” (see 1 Corinthians 5:7).… Continue Reading The Unconscious

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