Episcopal priest and author of seven books on the Christian spiritual tradition, Cynthia Bourgeault endears herself to her SAND audience with this enlightening talk on the Christian contemplative tradition. She points out that esoteric Christianity recognizes that nondual perception is not possible until the mind is in the heart, and describes the tradition’s understanding of the heart as an organ of spiritual perception. In this way she returns the Christian contemplative tradition to where it belongs - as one path in the rich field of contemporary nondual spiritual practice and understanding.
...As you walk back by the little farmhouses, the meadows, and the railway line, you will see that yesterday has come to an end: life begins where thought ends...
This compulsion to arrive at the Final Truth is, of course, foiled again and again by life itself.
May we all have compassion for every one of us being exactly as we are in each moment
For many meditators, reclaiming an awareness of feelings is a long and difficult process. Yet in Buddhist psychology bringing consciousness to feelings is critical for awakening.
Consciousness is not a thing. Asking “What is consciousness?” is like asking “Where does light come from?”, while watching a movie.
“The only way to change the world is to change the story.” We know only too well the story that defines…
Nothing would do what is required in each moment without a point of view of how others see it. Greatness is a judgement from the outside or, if it is from the inside, then it is a judgement that you are less-than.
from The Wisdom of Islam: An Introduction to the Living Experience of Islamic Belief and Practice
According to Ervin Laszlo, the coherence of the atom and the galaxies is the same coherence that keeps living cells together, cooperating to form life.
A dialog between two modern spiritual teachers on the nature and wonder of the heart
We look back at a selection of talks of Peter's from SAND conferences and host a discussion about his history with science and spirituality
A freer way of understanding is to grasp what we’ve been asked to know and hold it for a moment at a distance.
Compassion is the ability, by Awareness, to recognize and acknowledge only itself everywhere.
Renunciation is realizing that our nostalgia for wanting to stay in a protected, limited, petty world is insane
What am I up to when, with a couple of blindingly luminous formulations, I claim to take my stand as Awareness and to allow everything, free from resistance, effortlessly?
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