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Cynthia Bourgeault

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Cynthia Bourgeault on Wisdom Paths

Imaginal Inspirations

David Lorimer's guest today is Cynthia Bourgeault, who is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally acclaimed retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude in her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule travelling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. She is a faculty member emeritus of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the founding director of an international network of Wisdom schools, uniting classic Christian mystical and monastic teaching with contemporary practices of mindfulness and embodied presence. Cynthia’s signature contribution to the Christian contemplative reawakening has focused in four main areas: Centering Prayer; the Christian Wisdom Tradition; the Christian Inner and Fourth Way Traditions; and The Path of Conscious Love. Imaginal Inspirations is hosted by David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and Chair of the Galileo Commission, an academic movement dedicated to expanding the evidence base of a science of consciousness. Imaginal cells are responsible for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly, which is the Greek symbol for the soul. These cells are dormant in the caterpillar but at a critical point of development they create the new form and structure which becomes the butterfly.scientficandmedical.net www.galileocommission.orgwww.beyondthebrain.org Works and links mentioned: Cynthia Bourgeault https://cynthiabourgeault.org/Books by Cynthia Bourgeault: https://uk.bookshop.org/books?keywords=Cynthia+Bourgeault The Future of Wisdom by Bruno Barnhart: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-future-of-wisdom-toward-a-rebirth-of-sapiential-christianity/9781939681829In Search of the Miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky https://uk.bookshop.org/books/in-search-of-the-miraculous/9781874250760The Ever-Present Origin by Jean Gebster:  https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-ever-present-origin/9780821407691What Happens in Mindfulness by John Teasdale: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/what-happens-in-mindfulness-inner-awakening-and-embodied-cognition/9781462549450Jacob Boehme: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/jacob-boehme-9781556433573/9781556433573 Production: Martin RedfernArtwork: Amber HaasMusic: Life is a River, by Magnus Moone


3 Sep 2022

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Thure Lindhardt empfiehlt Cynthia Bourgeault

WDR 5 Bücher

Der Däne Thure Lindhardt war in der ZDF-Serie "Tod unter Freunden" zu sehen, hat die männliche Hauptrolle in "Die Brücke - Transit in den Tod" gespielt, war Tatort-Bösewicht und Kampusch-Entführer. Aktuell ist er mit Liv Lisa Fries im Kinofilm "Zwischen uns" zu sehen.


1 Jul 2022

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The Buddha’s Mother and Mary Magdalene - Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Wendy Garling, and Vicki Mackenzie.

Science & Wisdom LIVE

Today’s episode is a dialogue between Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault and Wendy Garling, moderated by Vicki Mackenzie. In this dialogue, they will discuss the role of two inspiring women in buddhism and christianity – Mahaprajapati, the woman who raised the Buddha, and Mary Magdalene – and reflect upon archetypal and symbolic figures of womanhood in contemplative traditions.This dialogue was produced in collaboration with Jamyang London Buddhist Centre to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022.About our guests:Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeaultis a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She is also a longstanding member of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and tending to a global network of students and practitioners. Her signature contribution to the Christian contemplative reawakening has focused on four main areas: 1) Centering Prayer; 2) The Christian Wisdom Tradition; 3) The Western Esoteric and Fourth Way traditions; 4) The Path of Conscious Love.She has worked closely with fellow teachers and colleagues including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr, and is an emeritus faculty member of the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. Cynthia has actively participated in numerous inter-spiritual dialogues and events with luminaries and leaders such as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro.Cynthia Bourgeault is a longstanding member of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). For Cynthia’s most current writings, offerings, and her calendar of upcoming events please refer to her personal website: CynthiaBourgeault.orgWendy Garling is a writer, mother, gardener, independent scholar, Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of "Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life", a ground-breaking new biography of the Buddha that relates his journey to awakening through the stories of Buddhism’s first women and The Woman Who Raised the Buddha. Her dream is to bring back the stories of Buddhism’s first women, reawaken their voices, and ensure that they are not just remembered, but valorised as integral to the roots of Buddhism.Vicki Mackenzie is a British national journalist and author. In 1976, while working on The Daily Mail, she stumbled into her first Buddhist meditation course at Kopan, Nepal. This lead to an ongoing journey into Buddhism resulting in many articles for The Sunday Times, The Observer, Sunday Telegraph and many national magazines. She has written six internationally best-selling books including Cave in the Snow (Bloomsbury), featuring Tenzin Palmo; Reincarnation – the Boy Lama (Bloomsbury), featuring Lama Thubten Yeshe and Osel Hita Torres; and recently, The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi – British Feminist, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Nun (Shambhala).About Science & Wisdom LIVE:Science & Wisdom LIVE is a project of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.Each dialogue explores the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.Find Out More: www.sciwizlive.com

1hr 37mins

11 May 2022

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2TKC1 Cynthia Bourgeault

The Kindle Chronicles

Mystic, Episcopal Priest, and Author Links Cynthia Bourgeault’s website Books by Cynthia Wisdom Waypoints Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) Spiritual Gifts from the Imaginal Realm, an on-demand e-course available through Spirituality & Practice Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journal into the Imaginal Realm by Cynthia Bourgeault If you’d like brief updates on technology, books, marriage, and puppies, you can follow along with my Morning Journal flash briefing. From your Echo device, just say, “Alexa, enable Morning Journal.” Then each morning say, “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?” I post a five-minute audio journal each weekday except usually by 8 a.m. Eastern Time.  The Kindle Chronicles is available at Audible Podcasts. Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.


10 Sep 2021

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Udefra: Cynthia Bourgeault


Selvoptaget spiritualitet er so last year, fastslår en af de mest spirituelt indflydelsesrige personer i verden, præst og forfatter, Cynthia Bourgeault. Selv om kernen i alle trosretninger altid kan siges at være noget fælles menneskeligt, er der en stærk tendens til, at man udvikler sig spirituelt for sin egen skyld. Men nu sker der noget i det kristne, spirituelle landskab. For alvor. Lyt til en kvinde med en mission, der har mere med danskerne anno 2021 at gøre, end de fleste tror, hvad end de er troende eller ej. Samtalen er på engelsk.


9 Sep 2021

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Interview with Cynthia Bourgeault!!

ICN Integral Christian Network

ICN is very excited to bring this interview with mystic, author, and Episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault! This conversation between Paul Smith, Luke Healy and Cynthia centers on Jean Gebser's seminal work. This discussion weaves in and out many themes and threads of thought(s) and response, covering important territory.  (An important note: while it helps to be aware of Gebser and his work to listen to this podcast it is not absolutely necessary...no doubt you will fully appreciate the transmission of wisdom and the enjoyment of lively conversation!) 12:57 - Finding Gebser ("You don’t find books, they find you.”) 25 - Embodying wisdom in tumultuous times 34:37 - Cynthia's thoughts on Gebser and G.I.Gurdjieff  40:17 - Paul discusses other embodiment practices and Whole Body Mystical Awakening 46:11 - Features of Western non-duality  52:30 - Moving Integral to the personal (2nd-person spirituality and spirit guides/presences, co-inherence!, I/it? Or I/thou.)   1:02:41 - Gebser and the Christ-mystery, Christ-teachers and the unfolding of human history 1:12:28 - Healing work from Cynthia's and Paul's perspectives 1:25:42 - Final thoughts  (Please note that this recorded remotely over ZOOM so there are some digital quirks and jumps. But we hope the content will make up for any inadequacies in the quality of audio.) Thanks again for listening! Please look for us online and join the conversation at integralchristiannetwork.org 

1hr 33mins

13 Mar 2021

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586. Cynthia Bourgeault, 2nd Interview

Buddha at the Gas Pump

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, and theologian. For thirty years she worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating as a student, editor, and colleague and has taught and written extensively on Centering Prayer. She is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation and founding director of an international network of Wisdom Schools. In addition to her work on Centering Prayer, she is the author of numerous other books on the Christian Mystical and Wisdom tradition, including The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, and her most recent, Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm.Websites: cynthiabourgeault.org northeastwisdom.org wisdomwayofknowing.orgOther Books: The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity Love is Stronger than Death: The Mystical Union of Two SoulsMain points discussed in this interview: The Imaginal Realm is an objective reality belonging to the spectrums of consciousness within the Great Chain of Being which transcend, surround, and penetrate the denser realities. “Imaginal” does not mean “imaginary”. Heaven and Hell represent opposites on the spectrum of consciousness which runs from freedom and connectedness on one end to constriction and alienation on the other. Both are experienced here, too. Our important task is to become cosmic servants integrated into earthly reality. Our work done in this realm feeds and informs the subtler realms which then process it and pour it back into our realm so that all realms evolve as a single reality. The Kingdom of Heaven can be interpreted as seeing ourselves as wormholes that act as portals into the wholeness of the cosmic matrix. Encountering the Kingdom of God opens us up to the holistic nature of reality that informs and invites us to walk within the congruity of our individual will and the will of the Wholeness that seeks to become manifest. Developing discernment requires equanimity and open-heartedness grounded in humility so that the ego doesn’t take the lead by creating roles that toxify and stagnate the path towards love and understanding. Remaining teachable while being willing to risk self-exploration is essential to balanced development. Creation is God’s way of communicating Love that gives, receives, sees, and is seen. This relational field has as its telos the eternal generation of diversity held together and protected by Love. The great work is to fully show up in the laboratory of our lives and awaken into higher stages of consciousness. We courageously and graciously accept the presence of “tough grace” which comes to us packaged as apparent obstacles and even suffering. From the depth of humility and spiritual maturity, we learn how to appreciate pinnacle spiritual states without getting attached to them. Our emotional transactions have an energetic signature. We can learn how to “sniff the odor” of the energy in events, places, the dynamic between people, and even in concepts and ideas. This “sniffing” is an encounter with the Imaginal Realms. We are in the birth canal of the collective emergence into the integral but the labor is difficult due to divisions between the “structures of consciousness.” We need to honor and re-engage with the magical and the mythical, ritual, the spirit of repentance, a lifestyle of moderation, and heart-centered living in order to create the spaciousness needed for global metanoia. Jesus came to “line the anguish [of our human experience] with love.” The entire cosmos, from the dense to the subtle, is set up to experience burning restlessness—which becomes the driveshaft propelling the ...

1hr 46mins

9 Feb 2021

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Cynthia Bourgeault: Silence and the Imaginal Realm (Part Two)

Encountering Silence

Part Two of Our 2020 Conversation with Cynthia Bourgeault.


20 Oct 2020

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Cynthia Bourgeault: Silence and the Imaginal Realm (Part One)

Encountering Silence

Cynthia Bourgeault is a theologian, Episcopal priest, and core faculty member of the Center for Action and Contemplation's Living School. She also is the founding director of an international network of Wisdom Schools. She is the author of numerous books, including The Heart of Centering Prayer, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening and The Wisdom Jesus. Her latest book is Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm.This is part one of a two-part interview.Cynthia Bourgeault previously joined us on Encountering Silence (Episodes 58 and 59). As one of the most popular contemplative authors of our time, she offers a unique and distinctive approach to contemplatlive silence, grounded in Christianity yet radically informed by the wisdom of other traditions.


13 Oct 2020

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045 Cynthia Bourgeault – Spiritual Mettle and the Good Company of the Holy

State of Emergence

Modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, and scholar Cynthia Bourgeault joins Terry to explore what it is to live and imagine from the “eye of the heart” in a seemingly apocalyptic world. They reflect on how each of them is relating to death and also discovering new strength and guidance by keeping the company of saints, sages, and our courageous ancestors — one of the most important spiritual fruits of awakening into the “imaginal realm.” Cynthia suggests we aspire to “live the laws of the next world”, like those who began building great cathedrals they knew they wouldn’t live to see completed.  Cynthia Bourgeault has been a way-shower for many thousands of people around the world, sharing the riches of Christian, Sufi, and Gurdjieffian contemplative practices, as well as serving as a fierce constructive critic. She is a long-time teacher of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer, having worked closely with Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr, and many other contemplative teachers and leaders, as well as a core faculty member of the Center for Action & Contemplation. She is also a member of the Global Peace Initiative for Women Contemplative Council and a founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. Cynthia is the author of many books including The Heart of Centering Prayer, The Wisdom Jesus, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, and Love is Stronger than Death. Her newest book, Eye of the Heart, is a spiritual journey into the “Imaginal Realm” — an energetic realm well known to the mystical traditions and associated with the world of dreams, prophecy, and a higher vision of our human purpose that is both evolutionary and collective.  Here are some additional questions they explore: Can we become so intimate with our inevitable death, that we become impartial, courageous, and more profoundly alive? How can we “keep the good company” of the great contemplatives and our now-deceased mentors during times of darkness? How can we “live the laws of the next world” and become the “strange attractors” of wisdom to which others can gravitate? What is the imaginal realm according to Christian mysticism? How might we learn to see with “the eye of the heart”? For more information on Cynthia Bourgeault and Terry Patten, check out the following resources: Cynthia’s New Book – Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey Into the Imaginal Realm Cynthia Bourgeault’s Website Center for Action and Contemplation The Contemplative Society Wisdom Way of Knowing Northeast Wisdom Terry Patten's website A New Republic of the Heart website I hope you appreciate this week’s episode with Cynthia Bourgeault on State of Emergence. If you believe these conversations are important and want to support them, please join us as a monthly contributor and become part of our community of listeners. Thank you so much!

1hr 24mins

26 Sep 2020