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It’s extraordinary, but of course not surprising, how utterly relevant and pertinent these two chapters are—written before the emergence of the first iPhone, incidentally—right now as we find ourselves in […]
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
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
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.]
Walking from a gentled heart,Beauty is seen.Gratitude naturally arises once the ubiquitous flow of Abundance is touched. Beth is a Benedictine oblate and long time Centering Prayer practitioner. After attending […]
Cynthia Bourgeault writes a short guide to Jacob Boehme’s work. What’s the best way to approach his work? Experientially. To gain access to the complex and beautiful cosmology of Jacob Boehme there is one all-important secret: it is necessary to approach him with the same mind in which he received his mystical illumination.
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 […]
Practitioners of Centering Prayer are known for the great enthusiasm they bring to the practice of this ancient discipline. Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a complete guidebook for all who wish […]
The pointed and shaking finger of our adamant inner schoolteachers often accompanies calls to engage and stick with ancient (read: tried and proven) spiritual practices. Not so with Bourgeault’s impassioned […]
Darlene Franz Darlene Franz is a freelance oboist, music educator, singer, and chant composer residing in Seattle, Washington. Since 2006 she has facilitated music and attention sessions at Wisdom Schools and […]