Cynthia Bourgeault – Luminous Wisdom Cowichan Lake Education Centre 1-7 April 2019 Saturday Evening/ Sunday AM (Questions & Reflections) (Nb: these are personal notes from Cynthia’s oral presentation and may not always be a completely accurate reflection of her teaching)

Conscious labour and conscious suffering – the 2 joy sticks of the rocket, moving back and forth.

Centering Prayer, letting go, the kenotic motion.

Mindfulness – how to gather.

Centering Prayer, Teal consciousness – there is alertness, objectless awareness. Recognize difference between alert and dull. Attention to self-observation. Sardello describes something like CP, but wants you to watch.

Self-observation and kenosis are different gestures for different times. Both work on different aspects. Cynthia left the official Gurdjieff work in part because found self-observation too heavy. She naturally leaned toward the freedom of the kenotic.

CP = willingness to give/ to offer when feeling snoozy.

New Monasticism – vows so often about identification – who we are and can be too pious. Unless you are trained in a 4th way group you are likely not going to notice the identification.

Quakers let your yes be yes and your no be no.

Cynthia not for vows these days.

What if we were an invisible presence in the world?

Sunday AM

the real curriculum in the “Lord’s Service” is waking up, not to escape the world, but to enter it

Rite 3 – US prayer book – best resource for Eucharist, just lay out bare bones.

So often talk about Jesus in 3rd person as though he were absent.

See the roots of the Eucharist in the Shamanic tradition. Use your imaginal being to invest the objects. Creates bonds between the worlds. We can feed back out of vulnerability.

Spiritual Direction – responsibility of the group as a whole to support this. Creates artificial relationship. It’s not organic. In the desert, visit of the Abba or Amma, people would ask for a word and then they would chew on this for a number of years, Spiritual Direction can become a spiritual psychotherapy. Wish it could be held much more lightly.

A = EK / Alpha equals Eros plus Kenosis

Agape = Eros (the fire and passion) plus Kenosis (surrender).

Agape (the Omega not the Alpha)

God created the world out of an excess of fiery yearning. A longing to know and to be known. Brings about a deep sweetness.

When the Mary energy flows into Martha, there is an energetic shift. Can deeply receive and flow



Our most important teachers and teaching are Jesus, St. Benedict, the canonical and Wisdom gospels, The Cloud of Unknowing, the greater Christian mystical and visionary tradition (including Eckhart, Boehme, Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Ladislaus Boros, Bernadette Roberts) the Desert and Hesychastic traditions, Bede Griffiths and the Christian Advaitic traditions (including Raimon Panikkar, Henri LeSaux / Abishiktananda and Bruno Barnhart), Rumi, Sufism, G.I. Gurdjieff, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. And, of course my own teacher, Br. Raphael Robin.