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50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 1

For the first 40 days [post Easter] Jesus is back on the planet among his friends, and disciples, offering his final teaching and transmissions by way of a series of miraculous visitations known collectively as the resurrection appearances. Next comes the ascension…. then 10 days of hushed expectant waiting. Then comes the promised fiery descent of the Holy Spirit, which Christians celebrate as Pentecost.

I believe firmly that during these great fifty days of Easter, that same invitation is extended to each one of us: to catch the drift of what Jesus is really inviting us to and to deepen our capacity to receive the intense spiritual energy available to us during this sacred season as a catapult to our own transformation.

Jesus, the living master, is real, alive, intimately and vibrantly enfolding you right now. He is more present, in fact, than even your breath and your heartbeat.

But to really know this presence you need to tune in on a different wavelength: to shift from your usual binary operating system to the heart frequency where this Jesus connection broadcasts.

~ from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, pp. 125-126, 136

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 2

It might seem logical that the more spiritually advanced a person is, the more they would be able to meet Jesus in a fully enfleshed resurrection appearance—“like matching like,” so to speak. But in fact things seem to work the opposite way. Jesus is present in physical density only insofar as is necessary to match density of doubt that is blocking the view… Jesus is corporeally present only to the degree that people cannot yet see with the eye of the heart. As the eye of the heart opens, there is more and more freedom to release the physical traces and simply allow the naked immediacy of love to meet heart to heart.

~ from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, pp. 131, 136

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 3

Jesus, [when he went into the desert for 40 days of fasting after his baptism]…was actually “leaning out” his nourishment at the physical level so that his heart would be able to listen more deeply and his subtle energetic body might feast directly on the flesh and blood of the divine Word stirring to life within him. He was fine-tuning his instrument so that he would be able to catch the more subtle drift of what was awaiting him up ahead.

A fast is really training – exactly like athletic training- so that our whole embodied being can be tuned up to support a spiritual aim we wish to achieve… our physical capacity to be available to truth at a subtle and much more intense level.

~ from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, pp. 126, 136

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 4

“Suffering requires a tremendous output of energy, and this energy exists in the divine milieu.”

“What a leap forward the world would make toward God if all [suffering] people at the same time converted their pain into a common desire [for transformation]. All the sufferers on earth uniting their sufferings so that the world’s pain became a great and unique act of consciousness– would that not be one of the highest forms which the mysterious work of creation could take in our eyes?”

“When we are conscious of our suffering, you can take the energy of our suffering and direct it either into anger and resentment, or into compassion and healing.”

~ from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, pp. 136 and from Teilhard de Chardin as quoted by Louis Savory in The New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 5

For Jesus oneness is not a matter of a static return to a source. It’s not a state that one obtains, but it’s a dance of continual giving-is-receiving, and that we become one because we’re all changing places within a greater whole. It’s about Exchange all the way. Everything takes place against and in a backdrop, a dynamic relational field, in which Exchange is its life blood. And the final end product of this continuous vortex of Exchange, of giving, of receiving, of dynamism, the final product of Exchange is abundance. The final product of it is abundance. A sense of the graciousness, of the fullness pressed down and running over of the Divine love, of the Divine mercy. 

~ from The Divine Exchange Wisdom School by Cynthia Bourgeault

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 6

Jesus in his ascended state is not further removed from human beings but more intimately connected with them. He is the integral ground, the ambient wholeness within which our contingent human lives are always rooted and from which we are always receiving the help we need to keep moving ahead on the difficult walk we have to walk here. When the eye of our own heart is open and aligned within this field of perception, we recognize whom we are walking with.

~ from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, pp. 134-135

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 7

Just as Jesus followed the path from fully enfleshed human being to lightly enfleshed human being, to “pneumatic corporeity”– pure spiritual energy but unmistakably himself – so, too, the Pentecostal Trinity seems to extend the invitation to follow his path of “pure flame”, as the wick and tallow of our human lives are set ablaze in love to release the imperishable fragrance of our own true selfhood. Not to flinch from the “holocaust of becoming” constitutes both the great challenge and the great possibility.

The Holy Spirit bears within itself a dimension that is all too easily overlooked if we simply think of it as “higher spiritual energy” coming from above. The Spirit comes equally “from below”. It bears within it the deep imprint of Jesus’s human life and, because of this, a sensitivity to our human limitations and weaknesses that come from “having been there.” The Holy Spirit bears the face and heart of Jesus; it is an encounter in non-bodily form, with the imperishable aliveness of this person.

~ from The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, p. 172

A Point of Nothingness

At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us. It is so to speak His name written in us, as our poverty, as our indigence, as our dependence, as our sonship. It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billion points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely.

~Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 158

Art thou in the darkness?

Art thou in the darkness? Mind it not, for if thou dost it will feed thee more. But stand still, and act not, and wait in patience till light arises out of darkness and leads thee.

~ James Naylor, Quaker mystic

As your being increases

As your being increases, your receptivity to higher meaning increases; as your being decreases, the old meanings return.

~ Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Ouspensky and Gurdjieff

Authentic Spiritual Experience

He who aspires to authentic spiritual experiences never confounds the intensity of the experience undergone with the truth that is revealed. [He does not regard the force of impact as a criterion of its authenticity and truth.]

~ by Valentin Tomberg in Meditations on the Tarot

Christ will storm the hell in you

Here, now is the right time to wrestle before the divine presence. If you stand firm, if you do not bend, you will see and perceive great wonders. You will discover how Christ will storm the hell in you and will break your beasts.

~ Jacob Boehme, The Way to Christ

Crimson gleams of matter

“Crimson gleams of matter, gliding imperceptibly into the gold of Spirit, ultimately to become transformed into the incandescence of a Universe that is Person — and through all this there blows animating it and spreading over it, a fragrant balm, a zephyr of Union — and of the Feminine.”

~ from The Heart of Matter, Introduction

Listen to Elizabeth Comb’s chant from this quote.

Detaching the sense of identity from the descriptions of yourself

The first task, clearly, is to detach the sense of identity from the descriptions of yourself. This does not mean to find another description that would be the correct one. It means to realize there is no description of you.

~ Beatrice Bruteau, Prayer and Identity

Enduring the tedium

You have to endure the tedium until something gradually emerges in it.

~ Br. Raphael Robin

Equanimity

Don’t correct back to positivity if what you want is equanimity.

~ Cynthia Bourgeault

Faith is a continual inner effort

Faith is a continual inner effort, a continual altering of the mind, of the habitual ways of thought, of the habitual ways of taking everything, of habitual reactions.

~ Maurice Nicoll, The New Man

Faith, hope and love

Faith of Consciousness is freedom
Faith of feeling is weakness
Faith of body is stupidity

Love of consciousness evokes the same in response
Love of feeling evokes the opposite
Love of Body depends on type and polarity

Hope of consciousness is strength
Hope of feeling is slavery
Hope of body is disease”

~ G.I. Gurdjieff, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson

Freedom to be

Freedom to be your ego is not freedom.

~ A. H. Almaas

Give over thine own willing

Give over thine own willing, give over thine own running, give over thine own desiring to know or be anything, and sink down to the seed which God sows in thy heart and let that be in thee and grow in thee and breathe in thee and act in thee, and thou shalt find by sweet experience that the Lord knows that and loves and owns that, and will lead it to the inheritance of life which is God’s portion.

~ Isaac Penington, Quaker mystic

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