“When the field of vision has been unified, the inner being comes to rest, and that inner peaceableness flows into the outer world as harmony and compassion.”

The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind

Meet Cynthia

Cynthia is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. Cynthia is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation alongside fellow teachers and colleagues James Finley, Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, and Brian McLaren.

“Contemplation is not a pious lifestyle.”
“We meet at the depths where the great traditions embrace each other.”
“Contemplation is engaged and evolutionary.”

“Wisdom isn’t knowing more, it’s knowing with more of you.”

Student Notes

"Cynthia is a master teacher, who will transform your understanding of traditional Christian theology and precepts. She offers her students clear, deeply practical ways to ground their faith in embodied practice and application. As her wisdom becomes your own, you gain the clarity, freedom and confidence to do the will of God. "
"I so appreciate Cynthia for her help in bringing congruence to my spiritual practice and my daily working life as an Osteopath. Cynthia's teachings on centering prayer combined with the revelation of heart cognition as my spiritual centre have allowed me to truly receive and perceive in my engagement with patients."
"I appreciate Cynthia's teaching style as one of true integration. Her mind is brilliant and yet she has a gift for explaining the most complex theological concepts in her teaching and writing in an understandable way. At the same time she embodies heart cognition and presence; mirroring for her students their own inherent wisdom."
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Newest Book

“If ever there was a teacher who could gather the reins of the mind to gallop into the land of the heart (and take us with her), it is Cynthia Bourgeault. This exquisitely written love story distills the intricacies of the esoteric Western traditions into a transformational elixir—both rigorous and luminous—simultaneously intoxicating and sobering. This book is nothing less than a map to the meeting of the worlds at the crossroads of our own souls, one the mapmaker urges us to abandon the minute our heart sees the way.” Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy

A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Real. In Eye of the Heart, Cynthia Bourgeault investigates the imaginal realm—an energetic realm well known to the mystical traditions but often forgotten in our own times. It is invisible to the physical eye, but clearly perceptible through the eye of the heart. The imaginal realm has long been associated with the personal world of dreams, prophecy, and oracles, and it also points toward a higher vision of our human purpose that is both evolutionary and collective. Blending her own lived experiences with research on the imaginal realm, Bourgeault explores the role this realm plays in Christian and other mystical traditions, delving into the connections between our inner consciousness and what happens in the world. Eye of the Heart presents Bourgeault’s spiritual journey with the imaginal realm and encourages readers to attune their hearts for the well-being of the world.

Recent Articles

Cynthia’s published articles cover a breadth of topics that take us on a journey toward a deeper embrace of our human frailty, messiness, and limitations as the very path and locus of transformation. Read up on Cynthia’s theological insights on the cutting edge between contemplation and “ordinary” life.

Online Courses

E-courses provide an easy way to dive in deeper to some of Cynthia’s most powerful teachings without having to leave home! Each course offers self-paced email lessons that include video or audio recordings, written reflections, contemplative practices, and more.

Latest Talks

Cynthia presents an evolved view of the being and theology of Thomas Keating through a review of eight profound and personal poems from the book The Secret Embrace.

“As we enter the path of transformation, the most valuable thing we have working in our favor is our yearning.”

The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind


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