Nurturing Second Body: Building the Higher Collectivity

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“Progress comes through the voluntary acceptance of constriction and diminishment. And that’s the unpleasant bottom line. Because all of us think that evolution comes through expansion. But it’s actually, spiritually speaking, in the opposite direction. It’s in the leaning into the conditions that you at first experience as intolerable, and gradually realizing that they are exactly the conditions that bring something new forth, something that can’t be born forth in any other way.”

 ~ Cynthia Bourgeault

This all-new teaching from Cynthia Bourgeault was recorded during the Claymont fall Wisdom gathering in October 2023. Following seamlessly from her earlier e-course on Building Kesdjan Body, it consists of eight hour-long presentations by Cynthia, plus a special guest lecture by Gurdjieffian scholar Michael Pittman. Topics covered include:

  • Christian mystical perspectives on aging and second body
  • Higher Being Bodies in the Gurdjieffian system
  • Transferring the seat of one’s personal identity to second body
  • The role of surrender, grace, and devotion
  • Working in the higher collectivity

Please note that this is an e-course, not a full Wisdom School. Not included are the morning contemplative exercises, daily inner tasks, practical work, movements classes, and any group work with unpublished Gurdjieff material. The series does include a special closing offering of the Four Ideals exercise.

The video and audio teachings include over 8 hours of Cynthia’s eight teaching sessions, and supplementary material referenced in the video teachings (books, practices, and articles).

Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage and a demanding schedule traveling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. Her roots are firmly planted in the Benedictine monastic tradition and her wisdom is tempered by daily mindfulness and embodiment practice. You can learn more about Cynthia here.