The Contemplative Society AGM, February 22, 2014
When I was thinking about presenting the President’s Report to this year’s AGM the theme that kept coming to me was gratitude. There is so much that I am grateful for and thought beneficial to share. Continue reading
“Sojourners” has an important interview this month with Cynthia Bourgeault.
Here are four excerpts from the interview. But the whole thing is well worth reading at: http://sojo.net/magazine/2014/02/pursuit-wholeness
I would say that I’m creating a bridge between contemplative Christianity and action. I bring forth some of the skills in the contemplative path to help avoid the usual pitfalls of burnout, violence, judgment, and hypocrisy, and also to bring forth some of the prophetic and compassionate skills in the action traditions to help contemplatives move beyond the sense that the domain of their wisdom is “inner” work. There really is no inner and outer: There’s one world. Continue reading
We would like to share with you a this wonderfully descriptive poem by recent Wisdom School participant Faye Cox, that so creatively captures our Teacher, Cynthia Bourgeault.
We would like to share a recent letter from TCS President, Heather Page
Dear Friends of The Contemplative Society,
This is the season of holy waiting as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Christ Light – the season of mystery as the infinite touches the finite.
I am writing this from a little waterfront cabin not far from Sooke. Tomorrow I will be joined by 11 others for a TCS sponsored 5-day Meditation Intensive. This is the 3rd year that this unique retreat has been held. Unlike the typical teacher led retreat this is a peer led retreat. Each of the seasoned meditators who will be attending, will take responsibility for a portion of the retreat, leading sits, lectio and chanting. The retreat has always been popular but this year we were in the position to need to book a second retreat to accommodate the numbers who wished to attend. Continue reading
This post is based on a paper first presented at the Enneagram Conference with Helen Palmer in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 5-6, 2013
LETTING THE ENNEAGRAM SPEAK – by Cynthia Bourgeault
From my many years in the Gurdjieff Work, I knew that the enneagram is primarily about lines of force (much more than about personality typing), and specifically, about the subtle but profound interaction of the Law of Seven and the Law of Three. I had long suspected that its secrets were more kinesthetic than cognitive, and as I prepared this past July for our inaugural Nine Gates Advanced Mystery School in Esoteric Christianity, I wanted our students to be able to taste this dimension directly. Continue reading
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault recently provided an introduction and thorough overview of The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three at the Cathedral of St. Philip Spirituality Conference in Atlanta Georgia. This presentation has been recorded and is available here:
Click HERE for Part 1: Cynthia addressed the question “Why explore the Trinity?” (57:35 min.)
Click HERE for Part 2: Cynthia describes the Law of Three as providing a template of change, and introduces Christian writers that identified this dynamism within the Trinity. (70:28 min.)
Click HERE for Part 3: Cynthia explores more deeply the fundamentals of the Law of Three as a framing structure and governing principle for the emergence of new arisings, and its practical application to challenging situations or to navigate an apparent impasse. A question and answer period completes the presentation. (96:06 min.)
We are grateful to the Cathedral of St. Philip for recording this presentation and making it widely available.
The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity – By Cynthia Bourgeault, is available through Shambhala Publications as well as local and online booksellers.
I recently watched the Oscar award-winning documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man.” Walking in knowing nothing about the film, I was immediately taken by the storyline of the search for one of the most talented rock musicians of all time….
Not long after seeing the film I began reading Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book, “The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity.” All of a sudden it became clear: the Rodriguez story is a parable of what Bourgeault calls the Law of Three.
To read the rest of this post by Martin Schmidt visit:
A review of The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three by Matthew Wright.
Cynthia Bourgeault’s “The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three” is a great gift. She offers us a metaphysical road map that sets Christianity back on course with its own deepest heart, allowing it to come of age for the 21st century. By undergirding traditional doctrines with a dynamic metaphysical framework, she frees Christianity from some of its own historic “stuck points” and sets it up as a living–and much needed–spiritual force for the world today. All this she does with a clarity, simplicity, and depth of writing that make this book an absolute delight to read.
For the full review visit the Amazon page HERE.
We invite and encourage all who may be interested to add your own review to this page as well.