The Contemplative Society November Newsletter

Hello Contemplatives!

We’re very excited to announce publication of our latest recording:


Discovering the Mind of Christ Within. PART ONE

by Cynthia Bourgeault


In this teaching, Cynthia is accompanied by a group Christian contemplatives in Victoria BC over a 4 year period from 1999 – 2003 and 30 sessions, as they worked their way through Kabir Helminski’s practical, ground-truthed Sufi text “Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self”. She helps her audience to integrate the teaching with exercises drawn from Lynn C. Bauman’s “Living the Presence: A Manual for Contemplative Christian Practice,” to bring us into a personal encounter with Being, with Presence.

Cynthia says: “At the heart of the Gospels is the memory written in blood and fire of one person’s encounter through Jesus with their own True Self, with their own possibility, with their Alpha and Omega. That is the unifying thread in what we are going to be exploring and why [the Being/Presence energy expressed in Helmnski’s book] is, in its heart, absolutely mega-Christian.”

Diane Walker is one of our devoted team of volunteer audio editors and she writes:
“… for me this is Cynthia at her best, her richest, her most helpful and profound and basic, fundamental…developing a capacity to be both in the World and in Presence”

This is Part One of a three-part teaching, with the other two parts slated for publcation in the new year.

The Recording is available for purchase through our website by clicking the image or url below. The MP3 downoad version is available at a 25% discount until December 17. Enjoy!

Board Update

The Contemplative Society held its Annual General Meeting on October 30th and participants attended both in-person and on-line.  It was wonderful to have people gather from far and wide to share in the excitement of reviewing our past year, and giving shape to our work on the path ahead.  We elected four new Board members who are joining us with fresh enthusiasm and skills to further our work:

  •  Jesse Roger Burson, Oceano, California
  •  Therese DesCamp, New Denver, BC
  •  Candis Elliott, Victoria, BC
  •  Lorie Martin, Lindell Beach, BC

They have joined incumbents Charlotte McNeil, Kim Gye, Gerald Morton and Henri Lock to form the 2021/22 Board! Learn more about them by following this Link to our webs ite.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our AGM, and the many volunteers and former Board members who contribute faitfully and creatively to TCS mission and mandate. And a special thank you to the many donors in our wider community who sustain our work financially.

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Your contributions are gratefully received and are a strong encouragment in growing contemplative teaching, practice and communityin the west region of the continent.

TCS is a non-profit society run by a volunteer Board and a dedicated circle of contemplatives. Formed in Victoria BC Canada in 1997 to serve an emerging contemplative renewal and to support and spread the teachings of Cynthia Bourgeault and other distinguished Wisdom teachers.
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