Parker Palmer said “truth is an eternal conversation about things that matter.” The intent of my work is not to conclude the conversation about Jesus, but to keep it going in the most vital sense.
Teachers know that just as every cell has a wall, every subject has authentic boundary lines. Staying within those lines protect the sacred conversation. These parameters don’t confine us. They liberate us to plumb the depths and get to know our subject with greater and greater intimacy.
Every committed relationship has responsible boundaries, which allow the relationship to deepen and blossom. Conversation about Jesus also has parameters. When respected, these parameters draw us deeper into the mystery. The Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers) knew all the magic happens in the interplay between the Divinity and the humanity (The Jesus Paradox).
For more on the Jesus Paradox of the Alexandrian Mystics see my first book, Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots.
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The Way of the Wisdom Jesus: Going Beyond the Mind to the Heart of His Teaching – If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. In this online course, Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader Cynthia Bourgeault serves as a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself. Based upon her book the Wisdom Jesus.
Our friends at Contemplative Light are offering Contemplative Practices. This course examines in-depth traditional practices of the Christian mystics, including: The Examen, Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, The Jesus Prayer and Christian Meditation.
Prayer is a core Christian practice, but for many, this means “saying prayers” or asking God for various favors. In this course, we will review a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. Whether you’re a beginner who is just learning how to pray, or a more mature Christian who has been at it awhile, this course will offer specific guidance, encouragement and support for practicing several time-tested methods of prayer. Enjoy a review of this course by Rich.
Enjoy Rich’s post: My Favorite Centering Prayer Books
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