From the Wisdom perspective, we can hear the teachings of Jesus in a whole new way. In fact, we come to see everything in a whole new way—including ourselves. This is not the result of believing something different. It is nothing less than the transformation to a whole new way of seeing and a whole new way of knowing. But this transformation is based on experience and not belief. Spiritual practice—like the ancient contemplative disciplines of meditation, chanting, and lectio divina—are important. Additionally, attention practices are essential in this transformation.
But the challenge of this vision and understanding of life is that you cannot see it until you can see it. From our usual way of seeing and from our ordinary consciousness this simply makes no sense at all. It requires subtler faculties of apprehension.
Wisdom’s work is to provide opportunities for this kind of deepening and to assist Wisdom seekers in this ongoing process.
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Principles & Foundations of Wisdom Christianity: Changing our Perspectives
A daylong session with Bill Redfield
Saturday, November 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wisdom is a deep stream running under religious traditions, including Christianity. One of the first titles given to Jesus by his followers was a moshel mehalim, "master of Wisdom." This session covers foundational aspects of Christian Wisdom with a focus on embracing the whole person: mind, heart and body in knowing and practice. The cornerstone practices of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Chant and Prayer of Gesture and Movement will be introduced.
Offering: $65 (includes lunch)
This program will consist of a balance and rhythm of Wisdom teaching, spiritual practice, directed discussion, and shared ritual. Because they will be spread out over several months, participants will be given time for integration. While these days of practice can stand alone, together they will build toward sequential coherence that will serve as a firm foundation for future Wisdom learnings. Familiarity with Centering Prayer or other spiritual practices is necessary.
This day-long offering will give participants the opportunity to deepen their experiential grasp of a Wisdom Christianity and integrate their experiential understanding in order to update and enliven their faith. Participatory in form, there will be a variety of spiritual practices that will be introduced and experienced. This day will consist of a balance and rhythm of Wisdom teaching, spiritual practice, directed discussion, and shared ritual. Familiarity with Centering Prayer or other spiritual practices is required.
This session is held at Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT 06107
For registration please visit: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/principles-foundations-of-wisdom-christianity
The Sophia Center for Spirituality