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Here you’ll find essential and foundational practices and tools for your journey on the Wisdom path:

 

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Quotes for Daily Practice: Compassion

Quotes for Daily Practice: Compassion

“See from nonduality, act from compassion.” “When you remove judgment, what’s left is compassion, not indifference.” “The demand for compassion remains unchanged throughout the ...

Four Ideals Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Four Ideals Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Preliminary to the Four Ideals Exercise The Four Ideals Exercise is complex and demanding. It will draw on all the practices you’ve been working ...

Wisdom and Chant Leader: Elizabeth Combs

Wisdom and Chant Leader: Elizabeth Combs

Learn about Elizabeth Combs, a long-time Wisdom student and chant creator, currently anchored in both Bellingham, WA and Winston Salem, NC

Surrender to the Beauty. Become a Mighty Kindness

Surrender to the Beauty. Become a Mighty Kindness

Original chant by Elizabeth Combs taken from the last two lines of Rumi’s Zero Circle. Be helpless, dumbfounded, Unable to say yes or no. ...

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 3

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 3

I believe firmly that during these great fifty days of Easter, the same invitation is extended to each one of us: to catch the drift ...

Quotes for Daily Practice: Time and Timelessness

Quotes for Daily Practice: Time and Timelessness

“We perceive wisdom entering from a higher level as the future.” “The timeless wisdom that comes to us from another realm when we wake ...

Six Gestures of Prayer

Six Gestures of Prayer

A silent body prayer using the six gestures of prayer: being, bowing, opening, receiving sharing, grounding.

Wisdom School Daily Rhythm

Wisdom School Daily Rhythm

More information and content coming soon…

Teilhardian Lessons and Carols

Teilhardian Lessons and Carols

Gabrielle (Brie) Stoner is working with Cynthia to re-write the traditional Lessons and Carols and giving them a 'Teilhardian' spin...

The Web Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

The Web Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

1. Preliminary Remarks I had not originally planned to include this exercise among those under consideration in this very introductory sampling and still have ...

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 2

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 2

Jesus, the living master, is real, alive, intimately and vibrantly enfolding you right now. He is more present, in fact, than even your breath ...

The Heart of Centering Prayer with Cynthia Bourgeault (4-part video teaching)

The Heart of Centering Prayer with Cynthia Bourgeault (4-part video teaching)

Cynthia unpacks The Cloud of Unknowing as a source of unitive, nondual Wisdom, and how centering prayer is so essential to this awakening...

Using Inner Tasks as a Wisdom Practice

Using Inner Tasks as a Wisdom Practice

Read here to find some general ideas for using inner tasks to 'interrupt business as usual' and bring us back to presence and attention.

The Practice of Conscious Practical Work

The Practice of Conscious Practical Work

A fundamental component of Wisdom School and a regular Wisdom practice is performing periods of conscious practical work...

Ancient Path of Love (chant by Kristy Christian Petrow)

Ancient Path of Love (chant by Kristy Christian Petrow)

Enjoy this inspired chant, offered by Kristy Christian Petrow on behalf of the maiden voyage of virtual Wisdom School.

Keep Within (chant by Paulette Meier)

Keep Within (chant by Paulette Meier)

Paulette Meier shares this beautiful chant, as well as some background on the simple yet profound message that inspired the lyrics.

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 7

50 “Thin” Days of Easter: A Wager – Week 7

Just as Jesus followed the path from fully enfleshed human being to lightly enfleshed human being, to ‘pneumatic corporeity – pure spiritual energy but ...

The Practice of Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

The Practice of Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

Simple instruction for the for reading and engaging with a short passage of sacred reading as a contemplative practice.

Love Says (chant by Kristy Christian Petrow)

Love Says (chant by Kristy Christian Petrow)

Enjoy this video of an Advent chant and lyrics by Wisdom community member Kristy Christian Petrow.

The Atmosphere Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

The Atmosphere Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

“Keep within! And when they say, ‘Look here’ or ‘look there’ is Christ, go not forth….” This beautiful gem of Quaker wisdom, set to ...