Welcome to The Contemplative Society website. We are an inclusive non-profit society that encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer based in the Christian Wisdom tradition while also welcoming and being supportive of other meditation traditions. We are based in Victoria, BC, Canada and serve a global audience. Our work is conducted by a voluntary Board of Directors and one part-time Administrator.
We offer local retreats, wisdom schools, and workshops led by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers of the Christian contemplative path. In cooperation with other similar organizations, we promote the contemplative Wisdom path and offer events in other geographic locations.
On this website you will find instructional and inspiration materials, in both text and audio format, supportive of the contemplative life.
Centering Prayer: Knowing without Knowing – teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault
Can anything new come out about Centering Prayer? The answer is an emphatic “Yes.” After over thirty years of engaging with this contemplative practice, Cynthia Bourgeault has garnered valuable insights into its unique attributes compared to other meditation models – not only in method, but also in effect.
She anchors these insights through a revelatory presentation of the medieval spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing. Her discussion draws on neurological, consciousness, wisdom, and Christian metaphysical perspectives. We are thus carefully led into a shift in understanding of love, attention, nonduality, the false self and true self, the inner language of being, and union with the divine.
For the novice or seasoned Centering Prayer practitioner, or any other spiritual seeker, this teaching speaks to the importance in today’s world of action arising from a contemplative foundation.