Each year, Chicago-area contemplatives gather on one fall Saturday to share friendship, insight, and the search for spiritual depth and meaning. All are welcome. We sincerely invite you to be part of our seventh annual One-Day Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 3, 2018!
Our seventh annual fall workshop brings renowned author and teacher Cynthia Bourgeault to Benedictine University in Lisle to offer a full day of contemplative wisdom teachings. Her topic for the conference is Christian Wisdom as Prophecy: an ongoing conversation between Centering Prayer and the Wisdom Tradition.
As taught by Cynthia, the wisdom tradition references practices developed and passed down over many centuries that include recognition and utilization of our entire being and not simply rational thought. Wisdom teaches that perception and awareness are unitive experiences.
Centering Prayer is a core element of this type of wisdom — it teaches us to release the thinking mind’s dominance over us. The wisdom tradition offers effective means to help us release our thoughts, so that we can simply rest in the presence of the divine nature dwelling in each of us. Wisdom practices cultivate an openness to presence, gradually enabling deeper levels of contemplation in centering prayer.
Wisdom can also help us move from an individual experience of the divine nature within to an experience that we are all in union with one another and can communally experience our common divine nature embedded within us.