Reflections by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault and friends

The Grand Celtic Adventure

The Grand Celtic Adventure – blog post by Cynthia Bourgeault

From my running “missing bag” saga, some of you may have gotten the impression that my recent teaching adventure in Scotland and Ireland was a bit arduous. Not in the least! It was in fact it was one of the most stunning high points of my entire teaching career, if not of my entire life. The missing bag was merely the “outer and visible sign” of the inner baggage simultaneously dropping away. I felt free, clear, “home,” supported, and supremely on my native soul ground in a way I haven’t felt for decades. Maybe even lifetimes. Continue reading

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More Discernment on the Four Voices

More on those “Four Voices”….  -   Blog post by Cynthia Bourgeault

In this continuation of my last post, I want to offer a couple of additional examples of my “Four Voices” method at work, along with some further reflections and a bit of fine-tuning. While the overall process tends to unfold along “Law of Three” ley lines, as described in my earlier post, every conversation turns up a slightly different alignment of the players and a slightly different way of weighing the evidence. Here are a couple of variations: Continue reading

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My Missing Bag as Spiritual Teacher

My Missing Bag as Spiritual Teacher  -   Blog post by Cynthia Bourgeault

Since my interview with Terry Patten last June, many of you have been clamoring to hear more about my “four voices” method of discernment. It’s a way of listening to myself I developed on my own over the past twenty years or so, based on the idea that there are multiple selves within me, each one with its characteristic slant and agenda. Before a decision can be made that has any chance of holding water, it’s important to allow all of them—or at least the four major players, whom I call Nafs, Soul, Spirit, and Heart—to weigh in and come to terms with each other. Failure to do so will result in a discernment where the dominant voice pushes its agenda and the others proceed to sabotage it: the usual “hung jury” incapacitating any real action. Continue reading

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The Kenotic Journey of Holy Week

“Jesus’s real purpose in this sacrifice was to wager his own life against his core conviction that love is stronger than death, and that the laying down of self which is the essence of this love leads not to death, but to life.” ~ Cynthia Bourgeault

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The Epicenter of Christianity is Love

“The epicenter of Christianity is Love, and this week we are entering the epicenter. May we do so in Love.” ~ Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

Palm-SundayOn April 17, 2013, as thousands of eager runners rushed past Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver BC for the annual Sun Run, inside listeners sat hushed and still as Cynthia Bourgeault delivered a riveting and powerful  Palm Sunday sermon.

As Cynthia starts her sermon referring to the congregation having just heard the traditional, ceremonial reading of the passion gospel to mark the beginning of Holy Week,  she asks “…what sort of a message are we actually projecting here?” Continue reading

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The Wisdom Way of Knowing – Book Review

The following book review of The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault was originally posted on March 10, 2014 at Abbey for the Arts: http://abbeyofthearts.com/blog/2014/03/10/abbey-bookshelf-the-wisdom-way-of-knowing-by-cynthia-bourgeault/


This review is written by long-time fellow monk in the world Edith O’Nuallain:

This book, penned by a modern day mystic and internationally known writer and teacher, offers a clear and concise introduction to Wisdom teachings as they manifest across a variety of faith traditions.  Though its primary locus of practice is based on Christian monastic traditions, specifically Benedictine monasticism, the author, Cynthia Bourgeault, imbues her teachings with flavours from other sources, most notably Sufism and Gurdjieff’s ‘Work’. Bourgeault identifies Jesus as a “moshel meshalim”, a master of Wisdom teaching. Few of us are familiar with this face of Jesus. Continue reading

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Jesus and Sacred Wisdom

On November 8th 2013, Cynthia Bourgeault provided a presentation on Jesus and Sacred Wisdom at the Moravian Seminary Couillard Lectures. This lecture has been video recorded and is available for viewing here: Jesus and Sacred Wisdom

Cynthia at Moravian Lecture Nov 2013

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Beggars in Paradise: The Bhutan Adventure

The following post from Cynthia includes pictures by Cynthia and Gwen (http://gwenborg.wordpress.com/)

The first inkling that a Bhutan pilgrimage might be headed my way arrived circuitously, through an email forwarded on to me from the Contemplative Society:

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