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Some Past Questions

Did Teilhard miss the mark?

To what extent did Teilhard miss the mark? Ditto for Vigano. The “Truth” lies somewhere in between? Or does it?

Gurdjieff Exercises

When the Gurdjieff exercises were first introduced I tried out a few of them. How do you work with them?

Oneness

Greetings Cynthia,I just completed your online course, Introduction to Wisdom School (excellent!) and have a question about the concept of oneness. Why do you think this notion was overlooked in the Gospels and when did this occur? Was there pressure to keep a story that supported empire building and expansion of Christianity in a way…

Centering Prayer

Reverend, I’m a 60 something spiritual wanderer who is now considering becoming involved with Centering Prayer. I recently discovered a CP group that meets at an Episcopal parish near my home. However, I have a personal dilemma about this. I grew up in a Roman Catholic family and as an adult tried to deepen my…

Videos available

Hi Cynthia,Thanks for sharing your and other’s Wisdom to support us in engaging us with our own! I watched a series of videos near the end of 2019 of the Interspirituality gathering I believe in Aspen or near Snowmass. Are these videos still available? I was very moved by the series and would like to…

Vipassana

Dear Cynthia, A friend is doing a 10-day Vipassana retreat right now, and I wondered what your take is on this kind of intensive retreat – they meditate about 11 hours/day for 10 days. There is no communication between retreatants until the 10th day. I know you advise your students to do no more than…

Cosmic Campfire

Hi Cynthia, This morning I listened to your Cosmic Campfire interview, and as happens so often, I felt deeply grateful for your clarity and willingness to challenge and break new ground (here, speaking of the discomfort with panentheism and instead working with Pannikar’s cosmotheandry.) My question, though, goes back to your essay last spring titled…

Oblate path

Hello Cynthia, If you were to run through your path again would you pursue the oblate path, and where… near your home or one that is a better fit. Ideas of which ones you see as fitting best with wisdom school? And, Are the Wisdom schools intro being taught by anyone you have directed? If…

Long term monastery

Cynthia, I’m a former Buddhist & I’m a newcomer to contemplative Christianity. Came to it by way of Richard Rohr’s videos. To live in a long term monastery setting while immersing in contemplation is what my spirit & my mind needs. Please, there is too much information. What/where do you suggest? Grief. Result of being…

Satellites

Do internet EMF fields are facilitating the spread of the contagion?

Jesus resurrected?

In your view, was the historical Jesus of Nazareth physically resurrected from the dead three days after his death on the cross, as the Gospels describe? ~ Craig Wow!! That’s an even tighter noose than “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?” But in my view, it is indeed physically possible for the historical…

Centering Prayer

Dear Cynthia, I have a question about Centering Prayer and attention. In your books, you make a distinction between “attention” and “intention”-based practice. Coming from Buddhist background, I am familiar with attention-based methods such as following the breath or focusing on a koan (in Zen tradition). However, my practice has always gravitated towards “open awareness”…

Development of a soul beyond this life

G’day, Having read your articles on the Developmental Soul (and related), I have struggled to understand how this flows with Richard Rohr’s (and many others) alternative orthodoxy. At the age of 13 I was placed under the teaching that told me that I was fundamentally separate to God. I believed this fully and it has…

Less drama

My journey into evolutionary Christianity and centering prayer has felt like a prolonged version of Neo’s (The Matrix, 1st movie) departure from the matrix and into the Realm of the Real. The last few months have been quite intense. Like a faulty fluorescent light, sometimes the contrasting difference between these two perceptions of reality (asleep…

Buddha by the Gas Pump

Dear Cynthia, I recently enjoyed listening to the interview with you on “Buddha by the Gas Pump,” but you said one thing that keeps coming back to me. In response to the question whether spiritual practices prepares one for receiving God into one’s heart, you said yes and no. Of course, the yes answer seems…

Ramon Jusino

Our centering prayer group has been watching your dvd on the divine feminine and the divine masculine. You mentioned someone whose first name is Raymond who has proposed the idea that the Gospel of John may have had a prototext written by Mary Magdalene. Can you give me the author’s full name and the title…

Jesus as a child

May I add my thanks to dozens of others’ for our last Wisdom School. A question which has excersized my mind for years (and which gets dismissed when I try to share it with others) is this: when Jesus was a child, many must have known that He was the unwitting “cause” of the massacre…

Teilhard pre-reading

Dear Cynthia, I will be attending your wisdom school at Casa de Maria in September. I was wondering if you would kindly suggest which of book of/on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s would serve as the best introduction. This will be my second wisdom school with you. Thank you. Blessings, Bob Ursula King’s SPIRIT OF FIRE,…

First force

During the Trinity retreat I think I heard you say Donald Trump was the third force.  I have been working with Law of Three to attune my view to discern the three forces. If Donald Trump is the third force, what is the first force and the second force?  ~ Martha        First force: the…

Sin

Dear Cynthia, In my Systematics Theology class in seminary, the professor has asked us to write on the following question, and I would love your take on this. The question is: “The Christian theological tradition has tended to view sin as a state or condition of corruption that subsists apart from and prior to any…

Activist friends

I have been reading your books for years and have been deeply comforted and guided in my inner life and trying to take your teachings into the world. I have been involved in social justice work for even longer than finding you. Now I feel like we are living in epic times and have turned…

Self-meritoriousness

Dear Cynthia, Thank you for your unique way of including seekers in your teachings. It tells a lot about the core of the Work. I have been following your Lenten course about Gurdjieff and know the Work from earlier in my life. Due to a severe physical illness my opportunities in this world are pretty…

Alibrando’s book

I wonder if you’ve come across Sam Alibrando’s book: The 3 Dimensions of Emotion. After reading your guest posts for CAC this week on the law of 3, I thought there was interesting resonance. One extension could be that the 3rd force-creative and reconciling-is dynamic in that the context calls it forth for one prepared…

Physical reactions

You speak of the physiological understanding and acceptance in our centering prayer practice, Cynthia. I am occasionally experiencing strong physical reactions in my sitting practice.  I sense that i should let them happen. Are emotions releasing? Other sitting practices, other than kundalini yoga, have said to stop the movements. What do you think?Thank you in…

Garrison retreat

Cynthia, I’m considering asking if there’s still room left in your next centering prayer retreat, March 24-29. I’m very attracted to silence, although my mind is very noisy. I have some experience in silent prayer; in fact it has been the center of my life at certain points, though I am by no means proficient.…

Intercessory prayer

Thank-you so much for these opportunities, Cynthia. I have a question about intercessory prayer. Before my launch into centering prayer and study of the Wisdom Way, intercessory prayer was a major focus of my prayer life. Now I find a dissonance with my former practice. Does our heart pray for those we love and are…

Biospiritual

Cynthia, I, along with a group of our sisters, recently finished listening to Non duality, seriously? They loved it and so did I. During your presentation you talked at various times about felt sense! I was wondering if you are familiar with Peter Campbell and Ed McMahon, BIOSPIRITUAL Focusing? I remember that you posed the…

Mind in the Heart

Hi Cynthia — I’m writing to you here because the comments section to your most recent blog doesn’t seem like the right place. I’m neither a Wilber expert or apologist, but doesn’t he use the developmental line of emotional intelligence to describe what, in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, is called putting the mind in the…

Inner field

Hello Cynthia, just finished experiencing “the heart of centering prayer, (non-dual christianity)” or as my spell check keeps reminding me “entering prayer”…. i had given up on trying to decipher “cloud of unknowing” through the books collected because it seemed so beyond me. Through your book i have been able to give it a home…

Sacred Word

Hello Cynthia, Thank you for doing this Q&A service it a wonderful opportunity.. x My question is…i am beginning to realise that i don’t really know anything about “letting go” in-fact my version of letting go seems to be more about clinging on. in CP i am noticing that sacred word has started to be…

Real I

Hello Cynthia, I was at your Cloud London talk last month. A question if I may. Contemplative Prayer and going into the silence is a way of opening to be part of God, as you described through the four places on active and inner contemplation. I am wondering if some of this wisdom can also…

Emptying and filling

Dear Cynthia, I echo a previous comment here that it is truly fantastic to have this Q and A with you, so thanks for this service you are providing! I was re-reading your beautiful chapters in the middle of the Mary Magdalene book on the path of conscious love, and came across a curious sentence…

Jesus Seminar

Dear Cynthia, A scholarly man in the Centering Prayer group I lead has been reading the Jesus Seminar material. I know only the edges of that voluminous research and its integration or lack thereof. I am concerned, though, about where I should be drawing from for pieces of Scripture for our Lectio Divina. Do I…

Hold them both

Cynthia, Thank you so much for this opportunity to ask you questions. I am in seminary, and yesterday I preached a sermon for my preaching class. In the sermon (which was about the opiate epidemic in Vermont) I quoted you from The Wisdom Jesus when you talk about the importance of looking beyond the “fatal…

New church

Cynthia, I’m having trouble moving through everything you have taught me in books and in the wisdom school and reconciling it with the words in the petition you signed. Specifically these words: “We believe that the centrality of Christ, the importance of both conversion and discipleship, the authority of the Scriptures, and the “good news”…

Space between

Hi Cynthia, First I’d like to thank you for your contributions, The Wisdom Jesus, Way of Knowing and Centering Prayer. All three, for me, have done a lot to not only clarify, but help transform my thinking from a dual to a non dual mode. My question is about experiences I’ve had during centering prayer.…

Luke 16

Hi Cynthia, I heard a sermon preached on Luke 16, the parable of the Dishonest Steward on Sunday in a church in Hanoi, and I wondered what the Wisdom Tradition would say about that. My take on it was that commending the immoral steward forces the reader to let go of duality and create new…

Power Dynamics

Dear Cynthia, Your book “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene” was a game-changer for me. Having been close friends with numerous women who’ve been victims of trauma from various “spiritual teachers,” however, the opening up of the erotic, kenotic energy of Jesus as a path of conscious love with Mary brings up transformative hope as well…

Is it normal

Dear Cynthia, Hello from Hong Kong! Now with a bit more decorum . . . It’s taken me about six years of reading your work, Cynthia, and the writings of a good number of others within the Wisdom Tradition for its primary message to finally end its circuitous journey and land, at least in my…

On Atheism

Hi Cynthia – As our human consciousness evolves and we hopefully become better cosmic servants, living with objectless awareness, are we then a-theistic? What/who are we worshiping? I would love your help in articulating if progressive Christians, rooted in the Wisdom tradition, can call themselves atheists? What is theism!!!???? Are we theistic? ~ Robin Junker-Boyce…

On the Gospel of Thomas

Hi Cynthia – I hope this Lent finds you well and thriving. I am teaching a class at the Episcopal Cathedral here in Kansas City on the Gospel of Thomas. Last night we looked at Logion 23, and some class members were understandably disturbed by its “exclusivity.” I know how I would like to interpret it…