Relational Holism

Q: “As a member of a Contemplative meditation and education group in our city which includes nuns, parish members and non active members in the rituals of the Church we would like to bring a more comprehensive technologically enabled approach to connecting our members to the Delios, Rohrs, Freemans, Chittisters, Keatings etc of our world to enable individuals to follow their path and connect in small groups (as opposed to just being part of the World Christian Meditation Group.) Perhaps this a mirror, but it appears to a number of us that the respective organisations of our living modern day mystics Read More …

The Greatest of These Is Love

It’s so simple that it’s hard to teach. Our Christian mission is to awaken us to what we already know is true: The foundation of everything is love because “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). God’s love in us is seeking to love and be loved and to bring healing and wholeness to a suffering world. Love is our basic identity in God.   My own experience of God’s love has inspired me to be a channel of divine love for others. I try to remove the barriers—created by immature religion, bad teaching, culture, ego, and our own woundedness—that keep us from knowing Read More …

Love

We live within a great paradox that God created otherness which is the source of sin, the source of suffering, but is the prerequisite for Love; to love one another. When we open ourselves to great Love, we also open ourselves to great suffering. Yet, Love has little to do with emotions, sentiments, desires, romance, or adoration. Love has everything to do with intentions – commitment to openness and to serve one another. Love is the full and unconditional commitment to another’s “completion,” to another’s being all that she or he can and wants to be. This is why Paul Read More …

14 Precepts of a Participatory Contemplative Spirituality

Participatory Contemplative Spirituality is where practitioners bring their practice, wisdom, and insights from contemplation and wisdom teachings, into the real world situations of social, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustice. They bring compassion, a peaceful heart and pragmatic solutions to issues out there in the world. These principles are relevant for anyone who wants to make a positive and sacred impact on the world and wants to live mindfully, and ethically. By developing peace and serenity through ethical and conscientious living, we can help our society make the transition from one based on greed and consumerism to one in Read More …

Spirit and the Art of Union with Reality

The highest expression of the spirit is the one that opens us to the Great Other, in love and trust. It establishes a dialogue with God, listens from the conscience to God’s call, and delivers us trustingly into the palm of God’s hand. This communion can be so intense, say the mystics of every tradition, that the soul of the beloved is fused with the Lover in an experience of nonduality; by grace we participate in God’s very being. Here the human spirit is touching the hem of the Holy Spirit’s garment. —Leonardo Boff in Come Holy Spirit   We Read More …

Indra’s Jewel Net

It’s a metaphor for interbeing byBarbara O’Brien Updated January 25, 2018 Indra’s Jewel Net, or the Jewel Net of Indra, is a much-loved metaphor of Mahayana Buddhism. It illustrates the interpenetration, inter-causality, and interbeing of all things. Here is the metaphor: In the realm of the god Indra is a vast net that stretches infinitely in all directions. In each “eye” of the net is a single brilliant, perfect jewel. Each jewel also reflects every other jewel, infinite in number, and each of the reflected images of the jewels bears the image of all the other jewels — infinity to infinity. Whatever affects one jewel Read More …

Christophany and Advent

Christophany and Advent: A Broader, Deeper Incarnation BY BILL REDFIELD There are probably many ways to know Jesus, but there are two general approaches. The first is from the outside, as an object of faith, adoration, or doctrine. This is the method of conventional Western Christianity. This method of knowing Jesus in traditional theology is called Christology. The difficulty in this method, however, is that the object of our knowing is culturally embedded; in other words, our sense of Jesus is dependent on Western methodologies and thought categories. This lens or filter, actually, any lens or filter, is called a cosmovision. For Read More …

ReVisioning Religion

The future of faith is a growing topic in Western Culture today. The diversity of world and the global economy means that we must learn how to live, play, work and pray together. It also means that we re-vision how we see our own religious traditions. Many people and organizations are engaged in exploring the related vast questions that arise. Below is a non-exhaustive list of experts working to help us grow in our own understanding. Please send us your inputs. Please learn more about Contemplative Interbeing’s Re-vision services by clicking HERE. Marcus Borg Marcus Borg Foundation (organization) Cynthia Bourgealt Read More …

14 Contemplative Trainings

In 1966, the community called “Order of Interbeing” was founded in the tradition of mindful practice and emphasis of the Four Spirits: non-attachment from views, direct experimentation on the nature of interdependent origination through contemplation, appropriateness, and skillful means. Members of the community dedicated themselves to the continuous practice of mindfulness, ethical behavior, and compassionate action in society. One tradition of the community is the practice of reciting the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings at frequent intervals. Contemplative Interbeing has adopted that practice and has adapted the Contemplative language to the fourteen trainings. The Fourteen Contemplative Trainings are the very essence of Read More …