Resources featuring Cynthia Bourgeault
Click on headings to explore online material featuring Cynthia Bourgeault.
Recorded at St. James Priory, the oldest church in Bristol, UK on November 8, 2016. This event was organised by the World Community for Christian Meditation.
Taking place over five days, students spent time learning from Cynthia and Deborah the sacred movements as developed by George Gurdjieff. This intensive exploration of the Gurdjieff Movements, which was hosted by Friends of Silence, is preserved in audio format on their website.
A wonderful interview with Cynthia Bourgeault discussing her book Love is Stronger Than Death, recently re-released in a 20th anniversary edition. “Life breaks us open…and out of that brokenness comes the most beautiful flavor of divine compassion and healing, if we can stay with the underlying trust…”
Interview with Terry Patten – The Eye of the Needle and the Cave of the Heart: Cultivating a Pure and Single Heart in a World Stuffed Full of Way-Too-Muchness
Their dialogue was illuminating and lively, and the recording is now available for those who missed it. Many have commented on the depth of this exchange and especially were appreciative of the useful and simple practice for making wise, non-reactive choices about life that Cynthia shared in the course of the conversation.
Terry Patten also provides his
Beyond Awakening host, Terry Patten, also offers a blog post in appreciation of the wonderful dialogue that unfolded, including a discussion of the Trinity as a transformational metaphor and “mystical mandala”, and a nuanced conversation about how radically non-dual consciousness expresses itself equally in deep contemplative silence, profound heart-devotion, and muscular, engaged activism and service in the world.
This is an edited version of the talk Cynthia gave at St. Matthew-in-the-City.
Interview with Patricia Albere and Cynthia Bourgeault – The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
“We are recovering in general from the spirituality of the ’80s and ’90s that had a kind of narcissistic preoccupation to it…to one that has a much more and deeper diaphanous solidarity — that we are here on this beloved planet to serve, and what Love really does in this quest of service is it erases boundaries, allowing us to form higher collective units. But we have to keep coming back to a sense of sobriety when we are dealing with the intoxicating language of Love — if we lose we our bearings we can get swept over the waterfall of Eros.” ~ Cynthia Bourgeault
Interview with Patricia Albere and Cynthia Bourgeault – Love is Stronger than Death: The Mystical Union of Two Souls
“True love expresses the sacred promise that love is stronger than death,” Cynthia Bourgeault says in her book. What kind of ‘soulwork’ can continue in a relationship that expresses ‘true love’? Join author and Episcopal Priest Cynthia Bourgeault and Patricia Albere as they explore the reality of sacred union.
Sounds True founder Tami Simon and Cynthia speak about new insights on the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and the concept of the “abler soul”—when two souls come together to form something greater.
Sounds True founder and interviewer Tami Simon recently spoke with Cynthia about kenosis and Jesus’ life understood as a sacrament, the Welcoming Practice, and a number of other enlightening topics.
As Cynthia starts her sermon she refers to the congregation having just heard the traditional reading of the passion narrative, and invites us to consider an alternative message – one that places the mystery of love at the center of the Easter story. (Recorded April 17, 2011 at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC Canada.)
Jean Feraca from Wisconsin Public Radio, interviews Cynthia about her newest book. As Cynthia asserts in the conversation, “to reclaim Mary Magdalene is to reclaim Christianity.”
Produced by The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Cynthia outlines what the Welcoming Practice is, how to use it, and what it can do for us as a tool for transformation in daily life.
Produced by The Wisdom Way of Knowing from the Tuscon Wisdom School (“Teilhard: Living in an Unfinished Universe”) in January 2017, Cynthia and Ilia discuss Teilhardian love, God as personal, and what it means to live from the depth of our own integrity.
Posted by Integral Life, a community dedicated to serving others by working on their own growth and evolution, Cynthia discusses her relationship to Jesus. Starting with her “First Communion”, she divulges what Jesus means to her and how this relationship, as guru-student, has impacted her life’s work.
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice
Recorded on October 15, 2016 at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA (co-sponsored with Contepmlative Outreach Boston). Cynthia proposes that The Cloud of Unknowing‘s anonymous author describes the transition to unitive or nondual consciousness, and explains why Centering Prayer is so essential to the process.
Interviewed by Renate McNay of Conscious.TV, Cynthia Bourgeault explains how she came to search for the missing message in Christianity. Her search led her to teachers such as Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, and the wisdom to bare suffering, God’s love, solitude, and silence.
In addition to Cynthia’s post-election blog post, she recorded a video for the Center for Action and Contemplation responding to the 2016 presidential election in the United Sates: “Now that the shake-up has occurred, it is our calling to use our heads and hearts in a broader, Teilhardian sort of way…”
A one-hour conversation on Wisdom Christianity featuring three Anglican/Episcopalian priests and a Baptist pastor: Cynthia Bourgeault (Wisdom Teacher), Porter Taylor (Episcopal Bishop), Matthew Wright (Episcopal Priest), and Mahan Siler (Retired Baptist Pastor).
In this short video series, five great teachers discuss how the future of humanity lies at the intersection of
contemplation and compassion. Cynthia Bourgeault discusses non-dual compassion: “… you are one undivided sphere of interchangeable consciousness in love … a concept which is really only accessible to the non-dual mind…”
StillPoint with Cynthia Bourgeault
At the 2012 Science and Nonduality Conference, Cynthia Bourgeault speaks on Centering Prayer and the contribution it has to bring to the growing body of data confirming the neurological underpinnings of non-dual consciousness. What Christian mystics have long known as the practice of surrender, powerfully encapsulated in Centering Prayer’s distinctive method of meditation, proves itself to be a powerful foundation for the movement beyond the dualistic perception (with the subect/object dichotomy as its drive-shaft) into a unified — i.e., non-dual — field of perception.
In this remarkable and well-produced little thirteen minute video, Cynthia Bourgeault discusses how contemplative spiritual practice can be integrated into the contemporary educational program of young people in the Hong Kong International School. With clarity and insight, Cynthia presents principles that apply to many areas of life and illustrate the profound interface that can exist between spirituality and practical daily living.
The Ways of the Heart: Kenosis, Abundance, Singleness
Recorded on September 3, 2011, at Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, MA (produced and edited by Robert A. Jonas, Ed.D., www.emptybell.com).
Carole Crumley, Shalem’s Senior Program Director talks with Cynthia about Mary Magdalene in relation to her three primary roles as apostle, intimate friend of Jesus, and purveyor of wisdom. When these three roles are put together the implications for Christianity are profound and transformative.
Dr. Patricia Ann Hill from Seeking The Divine TV show interviews Cynthia on “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity”.
Download the full interview on Grass Roots Community Network’s website.
Dr. Patricia Ann Hill from Seeking The Divine TV show interviews Cynthia on “The Wisdom Way of Knowing”. Cynthia discusses her understanding of the meaning of Wisdom, including the differences between information, knowledge and Wisdom, and Wisdom as an integration of mind, body, and spirit.
Download the full interview on Grass Roots Community Network’s website.
Seeking the Divine’s Conversations with Cynthia Bourgeault
Dr. Patricia Ann Hill and Lexie Potamkin from the Seeking The Divine TV show interviews Cynthia Bourgeault.
Download parts 2-8 on Grass Roots Community Network’s website (part 1 is missing).
Co-founder of Raising Consciousness NOW Veronika Tracy-Smith, PhD talks with Cynthia about Christian mysticism, releasing the go in daily life, becoming an agent of change, and raising consciousness.
Cynthia reflects on the nature of the early Christian communities: the role women played, how they informed the formation of the great monasteries of Europe, and what happened when only men were allowed to become priests and couldn’t marry.
Shambhala Publications’ senior editor with Cynthia Bourgeault
Dave O’Neil, of Cynthia’s home publisher, interviews Cynthia Bourgeault.
Law of Three
The Center for Action and Contemplation’s daily meditations in March 2017 feature Cynthia Bourgeault’s teachings on Centering Prayer. See below for the weekly summaries, and explore the other ten articles.
The Center for Action and Contemplation’s daily meditations in February 2017 feature Cynthia Bourgeault’s teachings on Centering Prayer.
The Spring 2017 issue of Parabola Magazine features an article by Cynthia Bourgeault on the topic of “putting the mind in the heart” from the perspective of the Christian contemplative tradition, and what that means for today’s contemplatives.
Explore thoughts and issues of other members of the contemplative community, and Cynthia’s responses, as they navigate their journey, or ask your own question!
“Being” Mary Magdalene – A young woman shares her profound and personal experience of being touched by the Magdalenic energy while “being Mary” at a recent anointing service with Cynthia
“As the entire congregation chanted over and over in beautiful melody, it felt obvious that opening as love requires no knowledge of scripture, no baptism, no earning of anything, especially worthiness. It didn’t matter that I don’t know the full story of Mary Magdalene because I was not doing anything. All that was required of me was to open in love.”
Sojourners’ resident contemplative and web technologist Bob Sabath talks with Cynthia Bourgeault about why it is vital to integrate spirituality and prophetic witness.
In this article from Sacred Web, Cynthia explores the tension between self-worth and recognition, and spiritual progress, and how one might reconcile the two.
Hosted by Sounds True founder Tami Simon, Cynthia Bourgeault and A.H. Almaas (creator of The Diamond Approach) explore how certain forms of human relationship can function as conduits to the secrets of Being. Visit Sounds True to purchase the audio version.
Offering insights into centering prayer and the contemplative life, an interfaith understanding and appreciation of the wisdom tradition, and thoughtful and inspiring approaches to spiritual transformation. Other resources are also available on Cynthia’s Living Spiritual Teachers Project page.
Four Voices Method of Discernment – updated June 2016
Materials from this groundbreaking class (held May 11 to June 5, 2015) are available on-demand for study. Learn Cynthia Bourgeault’s method of inner listening which incorporates many facets of our being as we make decisions both large and small. Help bring each part of your being, even when they seem diametrically opposed, together in harmonious solidarity.