The Heart of Compassion
Centering Prayer Introduction and Practice
(April 2017) From the 22nd annual Festival of Faiths event in Louisville, KY. Cynthia Bourgeault offers a brief overview of Centering Prayer and a period of meditative sitting at a gathering of participants being introduced to spiritual practices from a variety of sacred traditions. Watch the video HERE.
Seeing With the Heart: Video Conversation with Cynthia
(April 2017) A LIVE online community conversation with Cynthia Bourgeault facilitated by Vera de Chalambert, part of the Science and Nonduality Emergence Series. Cynthia shares how the visionary and mystical imagination, the whole Western mystical idea of contemplation, is a matter of learning to “put the mind in the heart.” Questions from the live conversation audience are also addressed.
The Survivor’s Guide to the Galaxy: Teilhardian Wisdom for Troubled Times – teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault
(March 2017) In this two-morning workshop, Cynthia Bourgeault continues her groundbreaking exploration of the 20th century scientist and mystic Teilhard de Chardin with a particular eye to the insights and tools that offer a more skillful and hopeful passage through the social upheavals of our present era. How do we live from the deepest wellsprings of hope, in tune with the evolutionary imperative emerging from the 14-billion-year-old universe story itself? What needs to change in our traditional understanding of the spiritual journey in order to do so? This recording is made available through the Aspen Chapel, and can be accessed with a small donation. See information HERE.
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice
(October 2016) In this recorded day of reflection, Rev. Bourgeault opens new ground with The Cloud of Unknowing by proposing that its anonymous author, in using the word “contemplation,” is actually describing the transition to unitive or non-dual consciousness. This includes a brief exploration of what this actively entails, how this new perspective helps to clear up some of those notoriously difficult passages in The Cloud, and why centering prayer is so essential in the process. Cosponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Boston and the School of Theology and Ministry. See the full 4-part video teaching HERE.
Cynthia Bourgeault ‘Seeing With The Eyes Of The Heart’ Interview by Renate McNay
(2016) Cynthia shares her teaching on how the ‘mind comes into the heart’, though the postures of non-clinging and surrender. A full transcript of this interview can be found HERE.
A very thorough and insightful written commentary on this interview can be found here: Mind the Gap: Cynthia Bourgeault on Moving from the Small Self to the Larger Self
Early Christian Desert Communities
(2015) Cynthia reflects on the nature of the early Christian communities: the role women played, how they informed the formation of the great monasteries of Europe, and what happened when only men were allowed to become priests and couldn’t marry.
What tools do you use to introduce objectless awareness?
(2014) This is an excerpt from the interview with Cynthia at the Science and Nonduality Conference featured in the 3DVD set “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.4”.
Consciousness NOW TV with Cynthia Bourgeault on Raising Consciousness
(2013) Co-founder of Raising Consciousness NOW Veronika Tracy-Smith, PhD talks with Cynthia about Christian mysticism, releasing the go in daily life, becoming an agent of change, and raising consciousness.
The Spiritual Life – Cynthia Bourgeault at StillPoint
(2013) Two short videos of Cynthia Bourgeault speaking on spiritual life, at StillPoint event in Oxford, GB.
Universe Haunted with Thou-ness
Couillard Lectures from Moravian Seminary: Jesus and Sacred Wisdom
(2013) Cynthia Bourgeault provides a presentation on Jesus and Sacred Wisdom at the Moravian Seminary Couillard Lectures. This Moravian Seminary video lecture is available for viewing HERE.
Contemplative Journal Interview – Non-dual Compassion
(2012) Cynthia Bourgeault discusses non-dual compassion: “… you are one undivided sphere of interchangeable consciousness in love … a concept which is really only accessible to the non-dual mind…”
Centering Prayer and the Foundations of Centering Prayer
At the 2012 Science and Nonduality Conference, Cynthia Bourgeault speaks on Centering Prayer and the contribution it has to bring to the growing body of data confirming the neurological underpinnings of non-dual consciousness. What Christian mystics have long known as the practice of surrender, powerfully encapsulated in Centering Prayer’s distinctive method of meditation, proves itself to be a powerful foundation for the movement beyond the dualistic perception (with the subect/object dichotomy as its drive-shaft) into a unified — i.e., non-dual — field of perception.
The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere
(2012) In this remarkable and well-produced little thirteen minute video, Cynthia Bourgeault discusses how contemplative spiritual practice can be integrated into the contemporary educational program of young people in the Hong Kong International School. With clarity and insight, Cynthia presents principles that apply to many areas of life and illustrate the profound interface that can exist between spirituality and practical daily living.
Shambhala Publications: Interview with Cynthia Bourgeault
(2012) Dave O’Neil, of Cynthia’s home publisher at Shambhala Publications, interviews Cynthia Bourgeault.
Part 1 of 4 parts – The Unitive Way
Seeking the Divine: Interview with Cynthia on The Meaning of Mary Magdalene
(2011) Dr. Patricia Ann Hill from Seeking The Divine TV show interviews Cynthia on “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity”
Seeking the Divine: Interview with Cynthia on The Wisdom Way of Knowing
(2011) Dr. Patricia Ann Hill from Seeking The Divine TV show interviews Cynthia on “The Wisdom Way of Knowing”. Cynthia discusses her understanding of the meaning of Wisdom, including the differences between information, knowledge and Wisdom, and Wisdom as an integration of mind, body, and spirit.
The Ways of the Heart: Kenosis, Abundance, Singleness
Recorded on September 3, 2011, at Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, MA
Part 1 of 4 parts – Introduction and overview and the foundations and method of Centering Prayer
Shalem Institute Director Interviews Cynthia her book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene
(2010) Carole Crumley, Shalem’s Senior Program Director talks with Cynthia about Mary Magdalene in relation to her three primary roles as apostle, intimate friend of Jesus, and purveyor of wisdom. When these three roles are put together the implications for Christianity are profound and transformative.
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