Wisdom Community Practice Half Day – Eastertide 2024

Our Eastertide Wisdom Community Practice Half Day was hosted by Wisdom Waypoints and recorded live via Zoom on April 6, 2024.

Our thanks and appreciation to all who participated in and contributed to this event. A special thanks to our event co-facilitators, Heather Ruce and Jeanine Siler Jones, as well as Henry Schoenfield for leading us in chant and Tom Amsberry for Zoom assistance.

And deepest gratitude to our teacher, Cynthia Bourgeault, for offering us a Wisdom Eastertide teaching.

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The gathering began with three centered practices of simple gestures, silence, chanting with Henry Schoenfield, and a Gurdjieff Exercise. After Cynthia’s teaching, we concluded with a Gospel of Thomas Lectio Divinia, community sharing, a few more closing practices, and a final blessing.

Resources from our time together are shared below the video.


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Practice Day Resources

Gurdjieff Music: Bokharian Dervish & Easter Song

Body Prayer by Heather Ruce: A video of the prayer can be found here.
Here I am, as I am
Holy, Human
In this world, as it is
Sacred, Profane
Ever connected, in this wondrous luminous web
Ever abiding, in the Heart of God

Chants by Henry Schoenfield
I am the resurrection. I am the life.
You are the source of life and the radiance that shines in all
Be right here in the heart of God

Lectio Divina from the Gospel of Thomas
Yeshua says…
If your spiritual guides say to you,
“Look, the Divine Realm is in the sky,”
well then the birds will get there ahead of you.
If they say, “It is in the sea,”
then the fish will precede you.
No, divine Reality exists
inside and all around you.
Only when you have come to know your true Self
will you be fully known—realizing at last that you are
a child of the Living One.
If, however, you never come to know who you truly are,
you are a poverty-stricken being,
and it is your “self” which lies impoverished.
— Logion 3 Gospel of Thomas, translation by Lynn Bauman (no longer in print)

Beloved Is Where We Begin by Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace
If you would enter
into the wilderness,
do not begin
without a blessing.

Do not leave
without hearing
who you are:
named by the One
who has traveled this path
before you.

Do not go
without letting it echo
in your ears,
and if you find
it is hard
to let it into your heart,
do not despair.
That is what
this journey is for.

I cannot promise
this blessing will free you
from danger,
from fear,
from hunger
or thirst,
from the scorching
of sun
or the fall
of the night.

But I can tell you
that on this path
there will be help.

I can tell you
that on this way
there will be rest.

I can tell you
that you will know
the strange graces
that come to our aid
only on a road
such as this,
that fly to meet us
bearing comfort
and strength,
that come alongside us
for no other cause
than to lean themselves
toward our ear
and with their
curious insistence
whisper our name:


Other Resources
Eye of the Heart by Cynthia Bourgeault offers a foundation for the many terms and ideas Cynthia spoke about in this gathering.
What Happens in Mindfulness by John Teasdale
A Different Way to Live Virtuously gives a simple breakdown of the Great Chain of Being map Cynthia referred to.
Dr. Dan Siegel’s Work on Nervous System Regulation