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Which Enneagram Type is Cynthia?

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For almost thirty years the standing joke has been, "What enneagram type is Cynthia?" Leading teachers in all the various schools have typed me variously…

Mirabai Starr: Blessed Weaver

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In the last week of September, The Contemplative Society welcomed Mirabai Starr to Vancouver Island for a retreat entitled "One Heart: Weaving a Tapestry…

Healing the Elephant in the Womb

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the seventh in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism“, her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism…

Fullness of Life

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the sixth in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism“, her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism…

Teilhard, the Personal, and the Developmental Soul

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the fifth in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

The Developmental Soul

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the fourth in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

When does life begin?

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the third in a series beginning with "A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

Mary Magdalene in Metchosin

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Liz Vickers, board member of The Contemplative Society, reflects on her recent experience preparing and "post-holding" for the Quiet Day celebrating the…

Abortion, Pro-Life, and the Secular State: A Modest Proposal

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the second in a series beginning with "A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

A Surprising Ecumenism...

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This is the first post in a series by Cynthia Bourgeault. The second post, "Abortion, Pro-Life, and the Secular State: A Modest Proposal" was posted July…

Opening to the Eye of the Heart: A Report

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Nancy Van Kirk (cellist, artist, and soon-to-be Scot) offers this report on our recent retreat with the Rev. Matthew Wright, student of Cynthia Bourgeault's…

Substituted Love

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Cynthia Bourgeault has been leading a Lenten e-course from Spirituality & Practice titled, "Becoming Truly Human: Gurdjieff's Obligolnian Strivings".…

"Conscious Circle" Ingathering

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I watched them disappear this morning into the snowstorm, making their way home through the Maine winter after an extraordinary weekend of prayer, tears…

Wilber's Trump and a Post-Truth World: An Overview and Critique

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Cynthia Bourgeault offers a critique on Ken Wilber's article "Trump and a Post-Truth World: An Evolutionary Self-Correction" as a study guide for contemplatives. Now…

On Beelzebub's Tales

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Dear Wisdom friends, Wow! What an amazing heart-outpouring from all of you! I feel the energy, the strength and, most important, the clarity. I believe…

Advent 2016 - Letter from President

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Dear Members and Friends of The Contemplative Society, Advent: a time of waiting, of drawing more inward, a season of contemplation. It is easy for…

Deep practice, deep listening, deep hope

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Dear Wisdom friends, I want to make very clear to all of you that the “keep calm and carry on” tone of my earlier (immediately post-election) post…

That's How the Light Gets In (by Matthew Wright)

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Dear Wisdom seekers, I’d like to share with you some reflections on what’s happening in this (post-) election cycle here in the United States. There…