Holy Brokenness—The Ways of Wisdom

Holy Brokenness—The Ways of Wisdom

With Vera de Chalambert  •  Nov 30–Dec 14, 2018

A 3-part Webinar Series, recorded in December 2018

Nothing, the Jewish mystics tell us, is as whole as a broken heart. The world breaks our hearts wide open; and it is this openness itself that mends us, redeems us, makes us whole. As we struggle to integrate the deep challenges emerging in these Anthropocene times, never has it been more important to embrace brokenness and let it become our ally in our healing process and the healing of the world. Paradoxically it is our relationship with the broken that determines our intimacy with the Real. If we are always trying to evade the impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness of life, we might never suspect the grace that unfolds when we stop running and lean in for a kiss. How much life can we tolerate? How big is our Nonduality? What gets to be included and what is sent into exile? And how do we bring it all back into relationship? This is the feminine path- nothing is excluded, nothing is discarded, nothing is rejected, everything is met in the surrender of the awakened heart. “There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in.”

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Part 1: Brokenness Through the Jewish Tradition

Dec 1, 2018 PST

Lurianic Kabbalah and the dialectics of brokenness. Tikkun Olam and social justice. Broken temple, broken tablets and the hermeneutics of exile. Wrestling with the angels.

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes

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Part 2: Brokenness Through the Christian and Muslim Traditions

Dec 8, 2018 PST

Wounds of Christ, Kenosis, the Black Madonna. The Beloved, the Broken Hearted and the Sufi tradition.

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes

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Part 3: Brokenness Through the Hindu and Buddhist Traditions

Dec 15, 2018 PST

The aesthetics of wabi-sabi. The bodhisattva of brokenness. The Goddess of Never-Not-Broken. The tantric paths.

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes

Vera de Chalambert

Vera de Chalambert, MTS, is a spiritual storyteller and scholar of comparative religion. Vera speaks and writes about spiritual culture, mindfulness and the emergence of the Feminine. Vera holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and has mined for her soul at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and Jason Shulman’s Institute for Nondual Healing and Awakening. Her work explores the meeting place of creativity, psychology and spirituality. She is deeply influenced by Buddhist and Kabbalistic lineages and is a lover of the world’s great wisdom traditions. She offers spiritual direction and works with people in times of dissolution, transition and transformation when the old certainties shatter and we are called into the fires of the Real. This is also what she sees happening in our culture at large. Learn more about Vera's work at www.healingawakening.com