In the following podcasts Cynthia Bourgeault illuminates the Imaginal and some key insights offered in her groundbreaking new book EYE OF THE HEART: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm:
(Audio: October 2020)
In this two-part interview, Cynthia Bourgeault speaks with Encountering Silence hosts on her practice of silence, and thoughts on navigating through the particular challenges of our current times. From their conversation:
Our own personal and collective fear of death is what’s holding us on one side of the divide, and if we could just get through that, we’d have a whole new set of tools in our grab-bag for rebuilding the planet on the other side of COVID.
— Cynthia Bourgeault
(Audio: September 2020)
Cynthia Bourgeault joins Terry Patten 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.
Some questions explored include:
- 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?
(Audio: September 2020)
Cynthia joins the Goop team to discuss key existential questions that come forth for many of us, including:
- Are we all just irrelevant specs?
- Does our life actually have meaning?
According to Bourgeault, while humans are not the center of everything, our actions have profound influence on the well-being of the planet (and a system that extends beyond it). She says that a lack of consciousness has led to much of the mess we’re currently in, and she explains how we all play a particular role in amending the damage. Cynthia talks through how our fear of dying is problematic (and what a different approach to death could look like), what it truly means to live virtuously, and whether or not she’s hopeful for the future. (Spoiler: Mostly, she is).
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