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vol. 21 no. 2
The Center for Action and Contemplation
A Christian center forwarding the integration of social action and contemplative prayer
A collision of opposites forms the cross of Christ. One leads downward preferring the truth of the humble.The other moves leftward against the grain. But all are wrapped safely inside a hidden harmony: One world, God’s cosmos, a benevolent universe.
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The CAC supports a new reformation— from the inside: • In the spirit of the Gospels • Confirming peoples’ deeper spiritual intuitions • Encouraging actions of justice rooted in prayer • With a new appreciation for, and cooperation with, other denominations, religions, and cultures
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By Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM By Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO
THE PARADOX OF NON-DUALITY METANOIA
By Cece Shantzek
SEEING WITH THE EYE OF THE HEART
By Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault By Walter Wink
THE HUMAN FACE OF GOD
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THE INFINITE ZERO By Beatrice Bruteau SEEING AND BEING SEEN
By Sarah Fusté
OUR DISPOSITION IN LIFE
By Fr. Michael Demkovich, OP
Andrea Briggs, Shirin McArthur, Rich Meixner, Stephen Picha
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NON-DUALISM AS A PRACTICE FOR SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES
By Rabbi Michael Lerner
Cover: “Half Empty and Half Full,” watercolor by Vanessa Guerin. “Seeing and Being Seen,” p. 14, collage by Sara Fusté, 2008. Used with permission.
TOWARD NON-DUALISTIC THINKING
By Nancy K. Morrison, MD with Sally K. Severino, MD
Photograph, p. 4, by John Harvy, 2007. Used with permission. Photograph, p. 11, by Henry Hoffman. Used with permission.
• In the January, February, March 2008 edition of Radical Grace, “Inside RG,” p. 2, indicates that the article p. 29 is “Right Seeing: What One Learns from a 9-Day Internship” by Andrea Briggs. However, the article p. 29 is “Mirror Medallion” by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM. • In the same issue, Dyck Vermilye’s first name is misspelled in the caption of the photograph p. 10.
on-dual thinking, the this edition of Radical Grace, is a challenging, concept. It Nparadoxical; however, thethemebutofelusive,in this ediseems diverse articles tion give us insights into ways we can incorporate this transformative practice into our lives. Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault in her article, “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart,” shows how Jesus teaches on non-duality through the parable of the landowner and the laborers (Matthew 20: 1-19). Sarah Fusté writes in “Seeing and Being Seen” about her time on a CAC-sponsored 9-Day Internship in Juarez, Mexico. Fr. Thomas Keating proposes that we can learn to live “a life that is neither dual nor non-dual….” These and all the contributors are clearly individuals who have been thinking non-dually and inspire us to do the same.
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and our classism And keeps us from the false choice of liberal or conservative And allows us to critique both sides of things And allows us to enjoy both sides of things And is far beyond any one nation or political party And helps us face and accept our own dark side And allows us to ask for forgiveness and to apologize And is the mystery of paradox in all things And is the way of mercy And makes daily. Richard Rohr. practical love possible And does not trust love if it is not also justice And does not trust justice if it is not also love And is far beyond my religion versus your religion And allows us to be both distinct and yet united And is the very Mystery of Trinity Fr. OFM A ND . our sexism.And teaches us to say yes And allows us to be both-and And keeps us from either-or And teaches us to be patient and long suffering And is willing to wait for insight and integration And keeps us from dualistic thinking And does not divide the field of the moment And helps us to live in the always imperfect now And keeps us inclusive and compassionate toward everything And demands that our contemplation become action And insists that our action is also contemplative And heals our racism. heterosexism.
consciousness that parallel the descriptions of no self or enlightenment found in Buddhism. It is sometimes to be required for such an evolved state to become referred to as No Self or Emptiness. June 27 – 29. or even a few ence. not two. whether in interior trials such as the feeling of God’s absence or the delights of Shaikh Kabir Edmund Helminski. Ven. but is not explicit.THE PARADOX OF NON-DUALITY By Fr. Open Heart. Together with experience cannot be permanent in this life. or Sufi literature. The Inner Room. John of the Cross in the “Living Flame of Love” the Absolute is not this.MARCH 2008 he state of non-duality is addressed in reflection of self.” It involves the union of love with God in which the will and intellect are united to God. not that—or similar to the hints at higher states of union. is the founder of Contemplative Outreach. not one. can take place without any tion or to register for the conference. as permanent. monk. he will be presenting at the CAC summer conferaffirm that periods of a few hours. This or ego and the diminishment or extinction of the requires those who are in a non-dual state to be separate self sense. Thomas Keating. The unifying force of divine love draws and reality as to live the non-dual state of mind inside unites the soul into ineffable experiences of union an active life of immersion in the ups and downs of with the Beloved and forgetfulness of self. or of all spiritual striving may not be as conformed to in Christian terms. please visit www. most mystics believe that the no-self ous books. At the very least. Franciscans. statement. To conceive of unity with Ultimate Reality. OCSO 4 JANUARY . just as some spiritual traditions affirm that St.FEBRUARY . Keating has written numerall. Fr. They Fr. Unity with Ultimate a permanent non-dual state of awareness as the goal Reality is usually explained as full enlightenment. main two however. 2008.ordinary experience. Advaitic Fr. and forVedanta. The body has to be prepared to endure in Buddhism. apophatic contemplation. Thomas Keating. the physiological most of the advanced spiritual traditions development of the brain and nervous system seems of the world religions. T . The soul. as well as initiating a further journey into states of unity as in all that exists. the grace of the Ascension. They re. non-dual. and other religious groups have described this state as “bridal mysticism. a state of union beyond inner resurrection. Carmelites. along with the abiding sense of able to move freely back and forth. a Cistercian priest. In general. It refers to the death of the false self the more intense communication of the Divine.” The Cistercians. Bhikkhu Ajahn Sona. Non-duality is clearly a state beyond what is called in the Christian contemplative tradition “Transforming Union.the fact that God is beyond all that exists and beturies wrote explicitly of the Transforming Union yond all categories of being and non-being. is aware of itself in union with God as to the paradox of living a life that is neither dual nor Bridegroom or the Beloved. OCSO. For more informadays in exceptional cases. except in brief periPerhaps it might be useful to orient practitioners ods of ecstasy. Here there is no self at mer abbot. Richard Rohr. including Open Mind. Thomas Keating OCSO.cacradicalgrace. Fr. Rabbi Ted Falcon mature. an organization that teaches Centering Prayer. These paradoxes point to Some of the Beguines of the 12th and 13th cen.
listening to election coverage on the radio. my jaw tensed. since the way he sees things sure feels scary to my little self! In this election season. When I perceive myself to be “against” anyone. What in me wants to create war? Wants to see my interests above the interests of others? Wants to deny his very personhood? Sometimes. and my temper rose. The President doesn’t share my values. I can see that everything has its place in God’s universe. I ask to be freed from my stories and my turmoil as the world unfolds. of finding the way around the differences to the basic truth that we are more the same than different. Those who do things that are against my values teach me well who I want to be and awaken in me a desire to work to become the change. When I listen from a place of attachment to my stories. God can work in the darkest night to bring about transformation. This presidency has been a tough one for me. my stomach clenched. right/ wrong thinking. I didn’t want to spend my morning—maybe even my whole day—mentally warring with a stranger and/or the idea of the people “out there” who believe “those things.” But it’s so easy to get derailed by the things I think I am right about.” I understand this to mean that when we forget we are one body. I have felt this same tension in myself. I could find that he seems afraid—and to that I can relate. RADICAL GRACE 5 . insist he was “wrong!” My heart closed. I don’t like what he does. and to stand against the others (creating “us and them”). and so is our current president. staying in the place where separation is real for me—in my dualistic or split mind—is too painful! If the Truth converges. I perceive myself to be separate from God. He has also helped me to learn that I must honor his humanity and I must claim in me that which I detest in him. The urge to dismiss people who have different views—especially when those views counter stories I am very attached to—can be so strong! I turned off the radio. and his views couldn’t have been farther from mine. I heard an interview with a man who was offering some very strong opinions about social issues. I am but a droplet in the ocean that is the Body of Christ. These can appear to be scary times for those of us attached to the idea of safety and peace for the planet and her peoples. As I listened. I ask to trust that God’s grace is here. I pray that we are up to the task of standing together for peace. and sat with what was happening in me. and I was shaking my head while grumbling my objections at the radio. where do I converge with this man? In reaching for our commonalities. Cece Shantzek is the Conferences and Events Manager of the Center for Action and Contemplation. with and among us.METANOIA By Cece Shantzek n the way to Morning Prayer recently. In this season of taking sides and good/bad. So O are each of the candidates. When I can look through the lens of non-dualism. Still. They offer fresh clarity about what I believe. and for me there is no greater pain. I can also be graced to learn from those who teach by contrast. Luke 11:23 states: “He who is not with me is against me. how can I ever not be safe? I am not my body. What if we end up with four more years (or more) of war? A president who isn’t interested in helping the poor or the marginalized… or me? What if… I can’t feel better about any of it until I wake up to the fact that we really are safe. scatters. I have the urge to line up behind the person I think would make the best candidate. and I am not my thoughts about myself. and so is the man on the radio. If there is nowhere God isn’t. and so he teaches me by contrast about who I want to be and what I must do in the world. and can wake me up to how I feel called to serve. as I have watched speeches and debates. and to remember we will learn even more in the years to come about who we are and what world we want to co-create together—some by wisdom and some by contrast. My ego wanted to reject him. and he who does not gather with me. and that we can’t get there alone. I am graced to learn from those who teach with wisdom. we are lost. I feel stressed out and worried.
Cynthia Bourgeault 6 JANUARY . coherence. It’s like hearing the note G played and instantly hearing a D and a B around it that make it into a chord. In wisdom. His whole mission can fundamentally be seen as trying to push. to the “binary operator” built right into the human brain. And it’s ours for the choosing. from intuition.This other operating system (we can call it the non-dual system or the unitive system. so it simply falls away like scales from the eyes. not just from what’s happening in the rational. and. so that a person is “in the head” if wedded to cerebral thinking. as we journey along the horizontal axis of our life in time. or between humans and other humans. if we want) is the operating system of the heart.e. confirm. I used the word “heart” to describe it. We almost always think of the heart as the center of our personal emotional life. The heart picks up from the emotions. it perceives by means of harmony. that join it to a whole. And most important. When heart-awareness becomes fully formed within a person. We play it off against the mind. but about upgrading the operating system! And yet the metaphor seems to work and brings an underlying coherence to what he is about. But this is not the way the wisdom tradition sees it. and “in the heart” if oriented toward feeling. but who would have believed that he is not talking about perfecting one’s virtue. We come into this life with another operating system already lying in latency.” as it’s called. but the field of perception goes far beyond just the rational.1 But we do have the capacity. you notice. The intellect is a part of it.MARCH 2008 ne of the things I most appreciate about the computer era is that it furnishes us with a whole set of new and wonderful images with which to envision the spiritual life. he or she will be operating out of non-dual consciousness. The egoic operating system is particularly related to the mind. We can make the choice to upgrade. The system already installed in us is a binary operating system. for they shall see God. and that probably requires some deconditioning because in the West we customarily see the heart in a very clichéd and sentimental way. and ultimately discover our deepest sense of identity within it. we can learn to steer by it. This seems like a very fruitful approach to the teachings of Jesus. there is now no separation between God and humans. It is no longer necessary for perception.” People frequently call it the ego.” It comes by its dualism honestly. but I prefer to stick with my metaphor and call it the “egoic operating system. it keeps us aligned with our innermost. The heart has a different way of perceiving. But it’s not simply a higher level of the same old mind. to shift to a whole different basis of perception.” he says in the Beatitudes. The heart O picks up reality in a much deeper and more integral way than our poor Cartesian mind even begins to imagine. single) of heart. the “binary operator. Unlike the egoic operating system. subject and object.SEEING WITH THE EYE OF THE HEART By Rev. Rather. from images and archetypes. it connects with a seamless and indivisible reality through a whole different way of organizing the informational field. There’s an interesting confirmation of this from . as true human beings. value. and compassion—or in other words.. with the vertical axis of timeless reality: the realm of meaning. Let’s talk a bit about this other system. simply because separation isn’t factored into the new operating system. So here’s a computer metaphor: we human beings come into existence with a certain operating system already installed in us. is built right into the structure of the human brain. “Blessed are the pure (i. if we so choose. Rather than dividing and conquering. The heart can pick up subtle signals from all levels of reality. from our sense of proportion. with what we truly know. the heart is primarily an organ of spiritual perception. shock. and conscience.FEBRUARY . and wheedle people beyond the “limited analytic intellect” of their egoic operating system into the “vast realm of mind” where they will discover the resources they need to live in fearlessness. it’s a whole new operating system! That person does indeed see from a perspective of singleness—and just as Jesus called for. a highly sensitive instrument for keeping us aligned. It runs on the power of “either/or. if we wish. understand through it. It doesn’t divide the field into inside and out. the heart does not perceive through differentiation. tease.
The owner went out at midday and at about three in the afternoon. therefore I am.242.08/14/09 Applications available by contacting the Work Intern Coordinator at 505.” But what does the word actually mean? The answer may surprise you. When it was the turn of the first.“These hardly worked an hour. seeing men idle in the square. . for the day of the Lord is at hand. ‘08 RADICAL GRACE Jan 1. therefore I think. better or worse. Unit Fall ‘08 Spring ‘09 Unit Dates 09/02/08 . he said to them. “I think. page 22 first versus last. yet you have treated them the same as those of us who have endured the day’s burden and heat. When evening came the owner of the vineyard said to his manager.9588 x 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org/15/09 Deadline Mar 3. in connection with the teachings of Jesus. . They said. “It’s not fair. but they too received a denarius each.” Those who had come to work last turned up and were given a denarius each. ‘09 Fall ‘08 09/02/08 .” and try out the other one—the big one— that says.” The owner said to them. This is perhaps Jesus’ most koan-like parable: As long as you’re using the egoic operating system.08/14/09 Summer ‘09 Summer ‘09 06/01/09 .”³ The repentance that Jesus really is talking about means to go beyond your little egoic operating system that says.” But from the point of view of consciousness training. this parable tends to defy all logic and common sense. You’ll often hear. Admittedly.” or “go into the large mind. “You two. And guess what? It doesn’t mean feeling sorry for yourself for doing bad things. He went out again at about nine in the morning and. means “go beyond the mind. they thought they would receive more. go to my vineyard and I will pay you what is just.” So they went. Nearly every Christian I’ve ever met has found this parable by far the most difficult to understand and accept. The Greek that it’s translating is metanoia. • Work to support the mission of the CAC. He agreed to pay the workers a salary of a silver coin for the day. and sent them to his vineyard. And that is a function of the operating • Engage in the integration of action and contemplation through study and prayer. But one of his parables speaks to this clash of operating systems in a way that is simply unmistakable: the notoriously challenging laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20). It doesn’t even mean to “change the direction in which you’re looking for happiness. particularly in evangelical and fundamentalist quarters—“Repent. • Live in community with other work interns. I have not been unjust with you. . a silver coin. “Repent” is a very popular word in our Christian lexicon. that he came to this earth calling us to repentance.” although it’s often translated that way. You’ll see why when you read it: A landowner went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. ‘08 Mar 3. You will see the owner’s action as unfair because you’re keeping track of more or less.an unexpected quarter. it begins to make sense.org 7 . when I am kind?” Probably more than any other teaching in the gospels. Don’t I have the right to do as I please with my money? Why are you envious. On receiving it they began to grumble against the landowner. “Friend. Did we not agree on a denarius a day? So take what is yours. . and he did the same.“Call the workers and pay them their wage. “I am. and go. beginning with the last and ending with the first. People unanimously exclaim.² The word literally breaks down into meta and noia. you just can’t get it. it’s an unusual take on the subject. which depending on how you translate meta (it can be either the preposition “beyond” or the adjective “large”).” Christians aren’t commonly used to hearing that Jesus was really about transforming our operating system.
This vision is the fountainhead of Jewish mysticism. For his part. If you asked a Jew if God was walking in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day because the noonday sun heat was disagreeable (Genesis 3:8). than I do about myself. Upward from what appeared like the loins I saw something that looked like fire. We are only fragmentarily human. they would have dismissed the question as impertinent: Of course not. that is only a figure of speech. people were once especially eager to find the “missing link” between primates and human beings. Now. my culture’s 8 . Human. we encounter one of the most significant visions in the Bible. This is not just a figure of speech. but to myself I am an even more impenetrable mystery. it is dawning on us that we ourselves could be that “missing link.” In Hebrew it means simply “human being. as it were. Metaphysically speaking. “the son of man. Jesus has. fleetingly human. in appearance like a sapphire. we are capable of becoming more truly human ourselves. When I saw it.” What does it mean to say that God is revealed as human? Why does God turn a human face to Ezekiel? Perhaps because becoming human is the task that God has set for human beings. one of the most influential visions in all human history. stand up on your feet.” Furthermore. thanks to Jesus. however. when God wishes to manifest divine reality to Ezekiel. Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day.” “son of Adam. But how do I translate that into my own struggles for humanness? Curiously.500 years. We have only the merest intuitions and general guidelines. God is the ultimate mystery. and there was a splendor all around.” or “child of the human. we are incapable of becoming human by ourselves. Humanity errs in believing that it is human. but we have not yet arrived at true humanness. Ezekiel’s vision intimates that only God is.” God will only address Ezekiel by this name. We scarcely know what humanness is. and seated above the likeness of a throne was something that seemed like a human form. and since we are made in God’s image and likeness. Israel was thor- oughly familiar with figures of speech. Whatever else God might be in the wildness of nature and the blackness of interstellar space. we can dream of what a more humane existence and political order would be like.THE HUMAN FACE OF GOD By Walter Wink ne of the greatest mysteries in all Scripture is the enigmatic expression. and does so 93 times. He said to me: “O mortal (ben adam). brokenly human.” “mortal. in appearance like a sapphire. and never confused them with reality. An entire library of writings derives from it right up to the present—an unbroken chain of esoteric traditions lasting 2. the qualifications and hesitations stumble all over themselves: “And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne. Human.¹ “The Human Face of God” is a title I have chosen for this article. And human beings have only a vague idea what it means to be human. it is in the “likeness as it were of a human form. and I will speak with you. We see glimpses of our humanness. for I believe that we are today witnessing a revolution in the God-image. God really seems to be turning a human face toward Ezekiel. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. Who am I? I have accepted my parents’ answers. such was the splendor all around. I know more about God.” JANUARY . As Gerd Thiessen notes. to be sure. I fell on my face and I heard the voice of someone speaking. I want to focus on just one aspect of this rich vision (Ezekiel 1:26-2:1): And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne. In Ezekiel’s vision of the divine throne chariot.MARCH 2008 O At the center of the vision. as it were.FEBRUARY . and seated above the likeness was something that seemed like a human form. But Ezekiel is not beholding a figure of speech.” And this is the revelation: God seems to be. revealed to us what it means to live a fully human life. Jesus is depicted as speaking of himself as “the son of man” 84 times.
” I have a deep respect for the spiritual disciplines that the orthodox mystics have developed in order to further this process of growth into God. “Beloved. quite the reverse. about coming to trust that there is something much greater at work in our lives than we could ever imagine. but about spirituality. 2008 DATES AND LOCATIONS April 2-6 . Human One. But I do have an inkling of what the word “human” might entail. as it were. who bore beings who were half human and half divine. in which gods impregnated mortal women. God represents the archetypal image. Illinois Aug.Texas Hill Country May 12-16 . For now. Central to the Eastern Orthodox tradition is a statement by the church father Athanasius that Christ became as we are that we might become as he is. then.Australia Sept. 19-23 . unless God reveals it to me? For who else could possibly know what is stored up in the divine image inside me.org (505)242-9588 • menswork@cacradicalgrace. the answers of mentors and peers and colleagues. If God is in some sense true humanness. I have nothing in my experience that can help me comprehend what they mean. But I have no idea what divinization signifies. 14). HUMAN. about ageold traditions that guide us into manhood. and there have been exemplary human beings. then divinity inverts.” of individuated human being. But we are able to become more human because the Human One has placed within us the divine spirit (Ezekiel 37:5.Great Britain Aug. Eastern Orthodoxy has long taught that the goal of human existence is to become “divinized. or God. or the Son of God. The interminable debates about the two natures of Christ seem to be totally off the mark. I do not know what the word “divine” signifies. 17-21 . then. Only God is. which means growing through our mistakes. It means embracing and transforming our shadow side. We are not required to become divine: flawless.Princeton. We are invited simply to become human. is not to become something we are not—divine—but to become truly what we are—human. for we will see it as it is” (1 John 3:2). But how do they know? What are the exact outlines of my true form? What is the visage of my real face? How can I find out. California July 16-20 . scars and all. because we are made in the image of God. we will be like it. divinity is fully realized humanity. “as it were. learning by trial and error. perfect. except One who is the divine image inside me? As one of the most remarkable lines of Scripture puts it.Julian. hints. 13-17 . in our tradition and these of others. When people say Jesus is divine. intimations. reaching out through Ezekiel to God’s people with a humanly impossible task: that of becoming human. what we will be has not yet been revealed. It all sounds too much like the language of Greek polytheism.² Perhaps some day we might become more fully human. becoming ourselves. Divinity is not a qualitatively different reality. and a stumbling block to all dialogue with other religions.malespirituality. New York www. It means giving up pretending to be good instead of real. we are only promissory notes. being redeemed over and over from sin and compulsive behavior.Claryville. an irrelevancy carried over from a worldview that is now virtually defunct for all but the truest of true believers.answers. In this vision. without blemish. we are God’s children now. The goal of life. This has usually been interpreted as meaning that Christ became human that we might become page 11 men’s rites of passage his is not about religion.org T RADICAL GRACE Application Process Required 9 .
the Absolute can’t have a “relation” to the Relative. Sometimes we even imagine It regarding us. all the glory of the Finite rises again.You can’t regard it or address it—make it an object for your consciousness. the Nothing. We like to say “Thou art the Potter. but I like Esse best of all because it indicates the dynamic aspect in its infinitude. the point that is common to both lines. We make it into an Other and. He had gotten comfortable with “God in me” and “I am in God. but in its current connotation of motion.” (Even that took considerable working up to). Infinite Dynamic! Well. We endeavor to stop objectifying the Ground of Being. you see that the icon says: “Human Being. It is not Somebody Else.MARCH 2008 eading a book about zero recently. We are the Ground of Being. or the Infinite and the Finite. standing afar off. we are the clay. our Self as Subject. the Absolute Reality. we look toward It.” We project the aspect that we are not used to experiencing as our own reality. that which grows. . the Absolute. I mean ‘dynamic’ not just in its root meaning of potentiality. no duality. we do not arrive at “realization” of the NonDual by trying to go toward this putative Other. and together they make “creativity. The usual dualisms are of God and World. not object.” Shiva dances! Richard Simonelli says a very wonderful and important thing in a recent piece in Raven’s Bread. Rather. I was struck by a passage remarking that mathematician Gottfried Leibniz thought that the imaginary unit (the square root of minus one) was “a bizarre mix between existence and nonexistence. You are That!” What looks like two realities. something like a cross between 1 (God) and 0 (Void). the infinitive of the verb To Be.THE INFINITE ZERO By Beatrice Bruteau 10 JANUARY . is an intersection. can be “known” only as Subject. The Indian sages call It Brahman. yourself. is to disabuse ourselves of these misperceptions and miscon- R ceptions and unrealistic orientations.When the last attempt at definition and regard dies. are That. We must forsake (fast from) objectifying It. the Clear Light of the Ultimate Reality spreads without limit. And You. So. and the Infinite can’t not-be the Finite. and this means that we have to be the subject. Thomas Aquinas called It Esse. These are all good. The Platonists called It Ousia (Being) or To Hen (the One) or Agathon (The Good). The Infinite.” I shall meditate a bit on the intersection of crossed lines and our unwillingness to acknowledge the wholeness of our reality. This is why the real culmination of the Mysteries appears in the Christian tradition as Holy Saturday. You are the Incarnation of the intersection of the Finite and the Infinite. Human Being.FEBRUARY . or the Absolute and the Relative. The Great Sabbath is the Infinite. from That.”¹ Cross? Or maybe crossing of? Or cross composed of the Infinite and the Finite? When you superimpose on that cross the figure of a human being. As our topic for this issue of Radical Grace is “NonDualism. is really an image of oneness. especially The Good (‘God’ is a contraction of that). You have to realize it by being it subjectively. And. It’s all the One Reality. The effort of the spiritual life. Because what a cross is. But. the Great Zero. therefore. Then. separated as far from one another as possible. The temptation for us is to identify with one aspect of the Non-Dual Reality and disregard the other. energy. obviously. we have to let our surface consciousness sink back and down into our center or root.
2. What Ezekiel saw was the human face of God. no God as Somebody Else.Those wishing to pursue this theme may turn to my larger study.” God indicates that humanizing humanity is one of God’s central concerns. Nevertheless. for our image of God creates us. (Obtain from Raven’s Bread.” As a “chip off the old Block. before retirement. 1. Used . and we are That. and our God-Reality is One. Ezekiel was not struck by an interesting new idea. In the moment that one faces the Glory of God. This essay is excerpted and edited from “The Son of Man: The Stone that Builders Rejected” by Walter Wink in The Once and Future Jesus. His latest book is The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man (Augsburg Fortress Publishers. mathematics. by Robert W Funk. copyright © 2000 by Polebridge Press. with permission of Polebridge Press. Her essays have appeared in journals such as International Philosophical Quarterly. No Ox. We become what our desire beholds. To see God as Human is to begin to become what one sees. a Professor of Biblical Literature at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City for nearly 30 years. the Offspring of the Human is born. pp. God as humanity needs to know God in order to become what God calls us to be. Human Being. 2001).165 -169. Infinite. that we are not dust. Hot Springs. 1. It bears within us all that has been potential from the beginning. p. 2008. they are gone. Author of over a dozen books. The “knower” was “no longer present as a separate entity. Finally. The vision overwhelms him. The Great Zero. Charles Seife. NC 28743). It is then that the two ins begin to fade. the resurrection in a glorified finitude. Dr.” that is. I would prefer to say. As the Ox Herding pictures show. Author’s translation. 2001). but as a pure revelation.” Raven’s Bread Vol: 12 No: 1. Continued from page 9 divine. stand up on your feet and I will speak with you. By addressing the prophet as “offspring of the Human One. and our destiny is not dust. Feb. like a blow to the solar plexus. our potential. Cross Currents.” Now we must listen. 18065 Hwy 209. . philosophy and religion. he is best known for his trilogy on the “principalities and powers” that can grip human society and his interpretation of Jesus’ teachings on non-violence.135. ZERO: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea (New York:Viking.1. But that way of speaking is still too mythologically literal for me. Beatrice Bruteau is a pioneer in the integrated study of science. as it were. as well as the natural sciences. Walter Wink was. (Augsburg Fortress Publishers. I hear it saying rather that Jesus became like us—people living within the constraints of earthly reality—in order that we might become like him— fully human. She has a background in Vedanta Hinduism and Catholic Christianity. but only as the child of the Enthroned One. RADICAL GRACE 11 . When the One-as-it-were-in-human-form now addresses Ezekiel. not as something to be attained. 2. Jesus incarnated God in his own person in order in order to show all of us how to incarnate to God. So the mystic is the one who chooses to seek the God who freely offers us the gift of our own humanity. face. What is born is a person able to face and to carry this numinous power. “A Great Gift. Bruteau has published twelve books and more than one hundred articles. but that has not yet come to conscious awareness and accessibility. Richard Simonelli. God is. it does so as a parent to a child: “Ben adam [“child of the Human One”]. Dr. Just Be-ing. . And to incarnate to God is what it means to be fully human. p. The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man.But then came the withdrawal of the boundaries.”² No me. and Cistercian Studies. No Man. after this realization comes the return to the village. 2000).” this offspring of the HUMAN will henceforth not be addressed by his given name. THE HUMAN FACE . The Human Being is thus related somehow to the divine image or imago dei as an aspect of the Self archetype. and remember. an empty circle. a mirror in which we find reflected our own “heavenly. just Esse. He was. rather. Israel. with “bliss-bestowing hands. But we risk losing the numinous reality under a barrage of words. struck to the ground.
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it is a grace. letting go of her four-footed cane.This part of me wanted to go home when I saw a mouse darting along the wall in my bedroom. or being a failure. hugged us. a quilt of symbols and colors that arose from my subconscious. I saw and gave effortlessly. nor did it want to see the soccer-playing German Shepherd snacking on a dirty diaper in the courtyard of her cement-block house. An old woman with dark bangs tied back in a barrette. NO SIMPLE SOLUTIONS: Perhaps the greatest wisdom that came to me during and since the experience of this 9-day internship was that I can say I don’t fully know—I don’t know how this will change my life. But being seen and receiving came with much more difficulty. when I felt a January-cold draft blowing in through a wide crack along the frame of the kitchen window. el amor. holding meanings that reveal themselves slowly. and then to allow myself to be seen by the loving God who is transforming me. I try to split into being good.The grinning little second-grader in a navy blue sweat suit with her tiny silver front teeth grabbing my hand and pulling me into my spot for kickball. Why do I want to reject her gratitude? Thank you for eating our food. a short. controlled reality. the way I pray. that don’t see. . I want to be seen and I want to hide. undaunted by my desire to push the discomfort away. what a symbol this is for my inner reality. yet we have always been deeply loved. after several days in Juárez. her tiny face deeply creased with wrinkles. Over thirty women filed by and blessed us. Yet I can also say that I know a little—I know that this is changing my life. the parts that are happy in their black and white.” the oldest woman began. and I see that neither and both are true. white barrier with motion detectors and SUV border patrols stretching out into the desert. and partly from the gnawing question: “Are my hands clean?” This collage seems to be an honest picture of my inner life—an invitation to see who I really am. “Thank you so much for coming. Sunlight catching the green and brown shards of glass pressed into the top edges of the courtyard walls and causing them to shimmer with light. . It didn’t want to believe that Elodia was leaving her home at 9:00 pm to sell homemade burritos for $1 apiece after a long day of caring for her kids and grandkids. jumping in and playing musical chairs with gusto. between Mexico and the United States. I felt my face moisten. the bigger sense of all of me being loved simply and wonderfully by a Great Lover. The fence is really just sticks in the sand. I don’t know how to put words to the experience. It came together during a day of silence at the end of the 9-day internship here at the CAC. Sarah Fusté is a work intern at the Center for Action and Contemplation. THE GERBERA DAISIES POKING COLOR INTO A GREY EXISTENCE: These were the moments when love and life appeared. filling our little homes with your bodies. color and black and white. I am both light and darkness. The chubby-faced woman with dark skin and gold teeth grabbed a hold of my arms and wished me children within a year. introducing myself to a child. . a shimmering moment. swaying and clapping while singing. I don’t know all the reasons for my going to Juárez. the mindfulness with which I eat. using our only plumbed toilet? One by one they touched us. the way I choose to shop. I know that my sobs one night came partly from my deep sense of connectedness to these women living so courageously and so acceptingly. I know that Juárez brought to life a thousand distant stories and left me somewhat raw and awake. THE BLACK AND WHITE ADDAM’S FAMILY: This symbol represents the parts of my life that look on passively. We have always been unworthy. Beyond the stark social justice issues that we grappled with on this journey. I don’t know why I cried so much.SEEING AND BEING SEEN By Sarah Fusté his collage is like a dream for me. I am absolutely determined to remember this but I also want to forget. This is what was always true. T RADICAL GRACE 13 .Yet when the consciousness breaks in. THE MYSTERY OF CONSCIOUSNESS: We saw the fence in El Paso. El amor de Dios es maravilloso. THE EYES HALF IN THE LIGHT AND HALF IN THE SHADOWS: This picture speaks to me of giving and receiving. Mexico. I know that pieces of this experience cracked through my mind and are slowly kneading my soul. pulling threads with the women to create a tablecloth fringe.
What is seen as peculiar to Godly nature in God and in the individual human person is this “living without a why.”1 OWNERLESSNESS For Eckhart. Meister Eckhart: Mystic and Philosopher. even the persons of the Godhead.” that is. self-abandonment. copyright © 2006 by Michael Demkovich. without becoming lost in that world.16. human and divine. His works include The Quest for the Self in Work: Connections between Spirit and Career and Introducing Meister Eckhart. renunciation. Reiner Schürman captures the truest sense of these terms when he states: “It [gelâzenheit] designates the attitude of a human who no longer regards objects and events according to their usefulness. as well as the similar term abegescheidenheit.OUR DISPOSITION IN LIFE By Fr. and detachment. copyright © 2005) by Michael Demkovich and U. Meister Eckhart’s spirituality maintains a balance between the inner ground and. trans. yet secure in one’s true possession. his sense of life. or moral disposition.FEBRUARY . Saint Paul University. MO. Liguori Publications JANUARY . At the same time there is a positive y dimension which recognizes the particularity. in Eckhart’s mysticism. God. and comm. we are transformed in such a way as to transform our world. Being unattached and ownerless allows us to be and not to be. edition by Liguori Publications. at the same time. pp. comprehended in the highest part of the soul. that remains distinct yet one. to find our true self not outside of God but in God. Fr. UNATTACHEDNESS G The term gelâzenheit with its root form lâzen. Albert the Great. This means that there needs to be a moral or ethical dimension to life. It is instead best to understand these two terms in light of their fundamental openness to the divine will. Michael Demkovich. What is a particular characteristic of Godly nature in us is action without possessiveness. 14 . p. any selfishness or any possesc siveness is an obstacle to a pure spirit (ledic e gemüete). Eckhart’s intention in using gelâzenheit and abegescheidenheit is confounded by such will-filled terms as surrender. Michael Demkovich. Ottowa. OP. He presents this in the themes of “unattachedness” and “ownerlessness” in developing one’s disposition in life. disinterest. or uniqueness of every person. describes a central attitude. (Novalis. This balance conveys a unity or non-duality in Eckhart’s spirituality. but who accepts them in their autonomy. OP. Our true disposition in this life brings us to a simple unity of two. without possessiveness. 1978). Liguori. US edition. Reiner Schürman. 165 – 166. is a member of the Dominican Order of the Province of St. OP iven the relationship that exists between the ground of the soul and its divine source. He lives in Albuquerque.S. published by Nova lis 1. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press. A version of this is found in Introducing Meister Eckart by Michael Demkovich. how we relate to the world in which we live.MARCH 2008 Canadian edition. New Mexico.
one from one. Be one on one.Separate yourself from all twoness. one with one. Meister Eckhart .
Anyone who has spent time in academia. and others is merely the secular version of this same dynamic. Following the wisdom and insights of my teacher and mentor at the Jewish Theological Seminary. projection onto others of what one dislikes in oneself.FEBRUARY . atheists.NON-DUALISM AS A PRACTICE FOR SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES By Rabbi Michael Lerner 16 JANUARY . the attempt by the earliest Christians to downplay Jesus’ Jewishness and to form a separate religion (which T YHVH in their mind required putting down the religion of the Jewish people)—and the particular need to see Judaism as a religion that had been superceded and the Jews as stuck in illusion for not following Jesus. and of Arabs and Muslims more generally.” we ask. I’ve found that overcoming this tendency towards inner splitting. Muslims.” so that our own collective national violence. which has long played a role in the lives of religious traditions—in this case demonizing the religious. and my guide in renewing Judaism. boring. one’s employment). “Why the Jews. when I worked primarily as a psychotherapist. materialistic and chauvinistic versions of Judaism that had emerged in the postHolocaust era and had succeeded in driving away from the Jewish world our most spiritually sensitive young people. though it is characteristic of secular enterprises as well. or professional organizations. Israel is following (or sometimes leading) the West in its inability to see the beauty and wisdom of Islam and the unjustifiable suffering of the Palestinian people living in exile or under the Occupation. etc?” But of course we know the answer—the long history of Catholic demonization of the Jews. etc. Demonization of the other is often the prerequisite for one’s own psychic survival (and indeed. The splitting in our consciousness between the good parts of ourselves that we can accept and the evil or hurtful or distorted parts of ourselves that we tend to deny and repress into unconsciousness. etc. In the decades before I became a rabbi. the projection of our dark side onto some “evil other. “and not the Buddhists. I started by imagining I could contribute to this healing by working for a renewal of what was best in Judaism. Abraham Joshua Heschel. Hindus. Hasidic master and rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi.The Jewish Renewal movement I helped build sought to return to the original spiritual aliveness of Judaism in order to overcome the spiritually deadly. and the huge efforts in the West to demonize all Muslims is a testimony to how well secularists can repeat and even intensify the distortions of religious communities. In my synagogue I taught not only about the wisdom of . while the violence of others is defined as their central and defining characteristic. This dynamic has distorted every form of nationalism. or mainstream American politics watches these same projections onto those who hold different theories or approaches. Daniel Dennett. The war in Iraq. its possible extension to Iran.” has shaped the socalled “war on terrorism. Trying to heal it as a mass phenomenon is even more complex and takes even longer. is ignored.MARCH 2008 he terrible misappropriation of religious and spiritual traditions in the contemporary world to support violence and hurtfulness towards others is not without its foundations in our own traditions. it often took years of work with an individual client to make much progresss on this dynamic. and subsequent demonization is extremely difficult to heal. As a Jew I watch with horror as the State of Israel engages in similar demonization of the Palestinian people in particular. and every form of religion. both institutional and military. Jews watched with dismay when the current Pope revived permission to use the version of the Good Friday Mass which specifically calls for the conversion of the Jews. I helped build a Jewish renewal community in San Francisco and Berkeley that would reclaim the spiritual life blood that had made it possible for Jews to survive 1700 years of Christian abuse and stay loyal to their own tradition when it would have been far safer to convert to the Christianity that ran the world around us. The huge attack on religion today from the likes of atheists Christopher Hitchens.
legislation. and on the earth beneath.The power of splitting. which had been doing that by creating what we called “a progressive middle path” which recognized that both sides have a legitimate narrative. the Nakba or Tragedy that was caused by Israeli expulsion of tens of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. that there was none of that negativity toward the other that one found in traditional and suburban synagogues. when we know that there is nothing that is not God. In my book Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation I show that the need of Jews to assert “chosenness” was a response to the demonization experienced in the larger world. women’s spirituality. The places where it read that God chose us from all other nations were rewritten to say that God chose us WITH all other nations. Our central mission is to popularize the notion of a New Bottom Line. and think about it in your heart. when I found that many rabbis and activists of this. Jewish Renewal quickly grew as it became clear that non-Jews were as welcome as Jews in our community. but also the wisdom of Jesus. Imagine my surprise and dismay. projection and demonization has not been sufficiently overcome “God forbid you should say of the rock that it is only rock. “God forbid you should say of the rock that it is only rock. corporations. and the refusal of the Israeli state to allow back into their homes hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who had fled to avoid the growing violence. We could no longer see our own culpability as Jews. economic RADICAL GRACE 17 . They would not even do so to identify with Tikkun magazine. the ongoing struggle in the Middle East provided a new location for this deep tendency in human beings to split the good and evil in themselves and project the evil part onto others. but only the horror of Palestinian violence. the very prayer (“Aleynu”) which starts with this kind of chauvinism then goes on to the deepest truth when it asserts: “and you shall know this day.” Jewish mystics could quickly affirm God as everywhere. the whole earth is filled with God” (Isaiah 6:3). in the heavens above.Judaism.” Nothing else? The Kabbalists and other mystics picked up on this fundamental nondualistic vision. and was actually survival-functional when Jews were relatively powerless. Hinduism. an international organization of people who not only are committed to a non-dualistic vision theologically.” up against the oppression of Palestinians and have our movement take unequivocal stands in favor of Palestinian rights. when we know that there is nothing that is not God. While the end of overt anti-Semitism by Christians in the postHolocaust world had made it easier for Jews to welcome Christians into their families and into Jewish Renewal synagogues. few will give focus to the other side of that event. 2008. were unwilling to stand by a theology of oneness and non-dualism. As one Kabbalist put it. however. Sadly. insisting that his teachings often extended and deepened some of the elements of our own tradition. and I sought to draw also from the wisdom of Islam. the transformative power in its multiple manifestations. and find Biblical validation: “Holy. We in the Jewish Renewal movement recognized that part of the task was to challenge and in places change the traditional Jewish liturgy. and both sides need to do public repentance and atonement for having inflicted pain and cruelty on the other. there is nothing else. this is true of the bulk of the Jewish Renewal world as well. Today. holy. This is one of the reasons why I’ve joined with Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister and Professor of Divinity and African American Studies Cornel West to form the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP). The resulting 60 years of suffering by the Palestinian people will be absent from the consciousness of most of the Jewish community. Ironically. holy. social pracpage 21 tices. then. our own Jewish Renewal movement. but who want to work together to transform our political and economic realities. Buddhism. that the transformative power of the universe (YHVH)¹ is also the shaping power of the universe (Elohim). so that institutions. As Jews celebrate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel this May. and Native peoples around the world. this chosenness functions in a distorting way when Jews are exercising power over others as in the State of Israel.
we continue our study. The left brain controls movement on the right side of the body and takes in information from the right side of the world. Strange as it may seem. MD with Sally K. six of us sat at a rectangular table and in the middle of that table in a basin lay a human brain. However. every movement. wrinkled. I picked up the brain again. the right brain is often dominant. painful and happy. And perhaps to prove myself. Its weight stunned me. The human brain is so complex that medical schools set up a separate neuroanatomy course with faculty who specialize only in the brain. Being at the far end of the table. However. Then. Working faster 18 JANUARY . Now we understand them as two brains. Nothing of this person could be told from this now lifeless organ. every emotion. as we go about the business of living. Because I was the only woman. During this person’s life. All I knew of this individual was the generous act he or she made in donating this brain to help me become a physician. we referred to them as the left and right hemispheres of one brain. Imagine picking up a volleyball that weighs three and a half pounds. graceful and clumsy. Here in my hands rested the organ of another human being’s consciousness. We spent the next five months learning the complex connections inside. MD n September 1968 I (Nancy) began medical school. Approximately equal in size. gross anatomy loomed as the most daunting class. every memory.MARCH 2008 . I could not know if this was a happy or tragic life. this time not to study the structures but to contemplate the wonder. pink and I three and a half pounds of cells and their links to one another. Morrison. Forty years later I remain intrigued and. emerged from here. We are. with my colleague Dr.TOWARD NON-DUALISTIC THINKING BRAIN HARMONY: By Nancy K. During that first class we learned the areas of the brain we could see by looking from the outside of it. essential and mundane. Severino. The numerous folds of the brain are nature’s way of packing millions of cells with their billions of connections into a highly dense organ that will fit inside your skull. a rite of passage to becoming a physician.FEBRUARY . All of human life is orchestrated from these physical structures give rise to the mind and how it keeps the body functioning. the right brain literally cannot speak for itself because it does not have language. the two hemispheres work at all times to keep the body functioning. Sally Severino. as a psychiatrist. but each brain functioning differently. covered with a thin transparent covering. simple and complex. a man or a woman. every thought. each with some similarities to the other. I returned alone to our table. the guys delighted in taunting me to be the first to pick it up. neuroanatomy turned out to be even more challenging. The left brain contains the centers for language and mathematics. That first day of neuroanatomy class. I had to stand to pick it up. dualistic. Great technological advances made during the 1990s (the decade of the brain) provide us a greater understanding of how the Contemplative prayer provides the opportunity for our two brains to communicate and harmonize. We devoted only one day to the “gross anatomy” of the brain. a simple or complex person. After class. in our most basic anatomy. Like most medical students. processing input from outside and inside the body. we dubbed the left brain the dominant one. Since most of us are right handed and because scientists value language and mathematics. When we were first-year medical students looking down on top of the brain. we clearly saw two seemingly identical halves. I did.
In our modern. right or wrong. In a moment of fear the right brain will trump the leisurely thought and equations of the left brain every time. We must think quickly and simplistically. In multitasking. This state is dom dominated physiologically by oxytocin which is the hormone oxytoci that mediates peace and love. The story-telling and adrenali adrenali lin sharing through rituals created sharin sh ing n a state o connection. with no language as we know it. m h literally means “hard body. The snake and our life with snakes become both practical and symbolic. Much of our brain-work is never conscious. The right brain alerts us to danger and change. it is e all that allows the two brains to wo communicate and potentially to otentially bring themselves into harmony. We lay down memories based in fear. lumbering. a state drivstate out u en phy io e physiologically by cortisol and hysi adrenalin. no task receives in-depth attention. We tell it over and over. us or them. Then a few more seconds to think clearly: do I run. The format Th The formation of the symbol lets us know that the right brain ts us s has been he been bee heard and that the two e brains have been harmonized. the corpus callosum. And stress. Other snake stories are told.” The ody. We know the feel of feel e another person before we know e know n their name. we live in the thoughts. probably only a few thousand years ago (or with native peoples only decades ago) fear played a life-saving function. conscious-thinking left. The sound of a rattle shot fear into the right brain which informed the body to stop still.” The truth that sets us free is the truth we discover when we live in states of love. out of a st of fear. giving rise to our intuition. we must slow ourselves down and give our right and left brains time to communicate fully page 20 with one another. kill it.” The . self and others. and the people with whom we live. To truly love. calm and state of t peace b between our two brains pe and am among people. can talk to the slow. And our right brain is largely devoted to understanding and reacting to human relationships. The language of the left brain seeks labels: good or bad. which m. These processes took us og ther. m When we don’t bring our two Whe brains into harmony. and h the two brains must find a compromise way to understand the world. This process is called stress. we esteem shortcuts of thought and unconsciously settle for simplistic compromises. have s ha In earlier times this is how we I earlier arli i brought our right and left brains brought ou r h together. Our two brains must come to a compromise about information coming from both in too short a time. How our two brains coordinate and harmonize into our complex and wonderful ways of knowing is a great mystery. emotions. the right brain deals in emotions and images. we wonder how the lightning-fast right brain. our self. Our relationships are put into feelings before being put ing ut t into words. We take a great story back to the family and the community. We know a fear-based truth. When you gently pull the two the he hemispheres apart. The thinking left brain took that fraction of a second to register “snake” and the next second to carefully locate the snake. It resonates with and reads all the nonverbal commu communicae tions from people around us. When Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free. in a small or a large degree.” band is also called the commiscommismmis mm m sural magna. Gourds making rattling sounds become a part of our rituals. safe or dangerous. In fear we allow no gray.than the left. he did not mean this fear-based “truth. and physiology of fear. Dualistic thinking is this compromise. no complexity. We form judgments. Some of our conscious thoughts are irrational because the two brains don’t have time to communicate. or stay frozen until it moves away? After this kind of adventure we work to reestablish calm. calm and peace. you see the see the small band of nerves connecting onnecting nnec n them. When we lived as roaming nomads. which um. T together. Jesus reflects this when he tells us the greatest commandment is to love God. The emotional right brain stays too alert. In states of calm and RADICAL GRACE 19 . do or die. o Now knowing so much more of how differently these two brains operate. In this state of fear the labels take on harsh and literal realities: all or nothing.” While this small small e a al band is the largest single bundle ngle e of nerves in the entire body. is really fear. fast paced world. “the great joinreat joinoi ing together.
cacradicalgrace. they will present with Fr. On June 26. To register.org. We sit in silence together. We are moving at life threatening speeds. We know one another as children of God in a precious world of beauty and potential nity for our two brains to communicate and harmonize. Severino. When we gather we do the ancient rituals that harmonize our two brains.MARCH 2008 JANUARY FEBRUARY M RCH 2008 NU U UA FEBRUARY MA EB BR 0 . visit www. full truth. By this we mean that we threaten our ability to know a full life. There is truth in our fear-based moments.net. Morrison. And when it is safe. In a state of harmony and love we see the wisdom of St. For more information about thier work visit www. slave and free. we can follow the gospels that tell us that Jesus took time away for prayer. We also carry within us states of earlier unredeemed fears. Continued from page 19 harmony in our right and left brains. male and female. Paul: “…there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek. The way. because we can’t bring our selves into harmony and peace. a full truth can be known and told. but all of you are one…” In love. 2008. but all of you are one…” peace. is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque.neurospirit. A truth developed in love and internal harmony is a redeemed truth that restores the fullness of our human soul. Contemplative prayer provides the opportuwhich is Jesus. We sing. Paul: “…there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek. Nancy K.FEBRUARY . 20 0 JANUA JANUARY . Richard Rohr at a pre-conference workshop entitled “Sacred Desire: Finding God and Good Within” at the Hotel Albuquerque. . we are in harmony within and we are in harmony among ourselves. Our modern fast-paced life often keeps us in fear and hence in a dualistic view of the world. To restore our inner harmony. beauty and interconnectedness. In our contemplation we recognize the fear that we have learned to ignore.BRAIN HARMONY . In a state of harmony and love we see the wisdom of St. but only a simple truth of the moment. slave and free. we look into one another’s eyes with love and share the sign of peace. We can move into an emotional and physiological state of love and see complexity. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Sally K. our dualistic thinking gives way to a deeper way of knowing. MD. We tell stories. And we must also pray in community. unfolds when two or more of us gather together. . In the state of love and the pace of patience. male and female. This way shows us unity and not divisions. Our knowing becomes love-based. MD. We see our deep interconnectedness.
we’ve developed a Spiritual Covenant with America that lays out the kind of changes that would be needed if we were to take this New Bottom Line seriously. Christians. Mark Harvey (Missouri) ichigan) (Alb q erq e) Har e (Misso ri) Front Row (l to r) Jeffrey Hall (California). and hence spiritually and politically boring. To make that practical.spiritualprogressives. to take our non-dual consciousness and manifest it concretely in the world. dear reader. and an acknowledgment that at least some of the countries which are “underdeveloped” from a material standpoint are far more developed morally or spiritually than we are. you can strive to become contemplative in your actions. Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun magazine. Download an application form on the CAC website 2008 Dates Spring ‘08 Summer ‘08 Fall ‘08 Apr 25 . and delivered in a spirit of humility in which we abandon all thoughts that somehow the advanced industrial countries. Consequently. YHVH stands for the Hebrew letters YOD HAY VAV HAY. Rob Fusté (Michigan). and enhance our capacities to respond to the universe with awe. NON-DUALISM AS A PRACTICE . Muslims and others to work together in practical ways. or through the softer domination that many liberal Democrats advocate when they talk about using diplomacy and economic power. I used to denounce interfaith efforts as attempts to get at the lowest common denominator. To make that practical. we are urging a fundamental rethinking of foreign policy to replace the notion that our “homeland security” can be achieved through domination. wonder and radical amazement at the grandeur of creation.CAC 9-DAY INTERNSHIP Through the practice of contemplative prayer f t l ti and active engagement with challenging issues and marginalized people. chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives. we in the NSP insist that our well-being as Americans depends on the equal well-being of everyone else on the planet. whether that be military domination. RADICAL GRACE 21 . but also to the extent that they maximize love and kindness. www. rational and productive not only to the extent that they maximize money and power (the Old Bottom Line). because we have more money than the countries we’ve prohibited from developing. get its way and have dominance over others in the world. in which we care for every- one else on the planet. generosity and caring for others. are somehow on a higher moral plane.cacradicalgrace. Starting from the non-dual assumption about reality. and ecological and ethical sensitivity.00 Application process is required. I hope you. there are no Ws in Hebrew. but still share the same aim of having the U. He invites you to read the Spiritual Covenant and the Q&A about the Global Marshall Plan at www.org. The NSP is calling for a new paradigm that sees our security as best achieved through a strategy of generosity. 1. . a change in our foreign policy must start with a public atonement for what we in the West have done to the rest of the world. But in the NSP I’ve come to see how important it can be for Jews. Internships are limited to 10 participants. most recently: The Left Hand of God. enhance our capacity to respond to others as embodiments of the sacred. Continued from page 17 politics and personal behavior are all judged to be efficient. will consider joining the NSP and helping us build this venture.May 4 Jun 13-22 (FULL) Sep 17-26 CAC Interns Winter 2008: Back Row (l to r) Brenda Grifﬁn (California). as in the current thinking of the Bush Administration and the Lieberman wing of the Democratic Party. . we are advocating for a Global Marshall Plan.S. not just theoretically but practically. and author of 11 books.org and then to write to him personally at RabbiLerner@Tikkun. We are one. but because they are us. On the contrary. Sarah Fusté (Michigan). in the same way that my hand or arm is part of me.org Internships are $750. Vanessa Guerin (Winter Internship Facilitator). While Christians say Yahweh and may write YHWH. Ken Reno (Albuquerque). and do so not only because it’s in our interests. to be accompanied by fundamental changes in our trade arrangements with the world.
The binary mind always perceives from a sense of scarcity and keeps track of the score through comparison and contrast.MARCH 2008 “Seeing with the Eye of the Heart” is excerpted and edited from Chapter 3.” Like any good Zen Master. Italy www. and Episcopal priest.” Their research entered the general public conversation as the cover story in the May 2001 issue of Newsweek magazine.cacradicalgrace.cacradicalgrace.SEEING WITH . .” 2. teacher of prayer.org www.” The binary operator was first identified by neurologists Andrew Newberg and Eugene D’Aquili as one of the two important cognitive operators within the brain. you see that there’s enough for everybody. O N T H E R O A D OCSO JANUARY . HI Contact info@himonline. 2003).org MAY 30-JUN 1 THE ENNEAGRAM AND PARADOX Assisi. He develops it further in his book The Heart of Christianity (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.lrchouston.This parable does indeed offer fair warning that what Jesus is up to is hugely more subversive than “Jesus is nice and he wants us to be nice too. . in January 2002. But that kind of seeing is only accessible within that other operating system. 180.com APR 19 THINGS HIDDEN BOOK TOUR STOP Houston. Continued from page 7 APR 3-5 HAWAII ECUMENICAL CONFERENCE Honolulu. NM www. For this insight. 1. Simmons. writer on the spiritual life.org APR 18 THE EMERGING CHURCH Houston. Cynthia Bourgeault is a retreat and conference leader. he is out to completely short-circuit our mental wiring so that we are catapulted into a whole new way of seeing and being.org JUN 2-8 SLOVAKIA MALES FINLAND (20th anniversary of the Thomas Mass) JUN 27-29 THE INNER ROOM Albuquerque. This is Thomas Keating’s preferred interpretation in his many teachings on Centering Prayer and the spiritual journey. When you approach the story from the perspective of fullness. this is an infallible litmus test that you are still in your binary mind. an imprint of Shambhala Publications.The Wisdom Way of Knowing. NM Together with Fr. copyright © by Cynthia Bourgeault).” in The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault (forthcoming from New Seeds.lrchouston. Oregon. If the situation looks unfair to you. Thomas Keating. TX • McMurry University Sponsored by Abilene Association of Congregations www. TX Life Revealing Community www. the non-dual knowingness of the heart.org R I C H A R D AND CAC SPONSORED EVENTS system you’re using. called “God and the Brain: How We’re Wired for Spirituality. but an invitation to participation and exchange. August 2008. Dr.cacradicalgrace. for sharing with me his paper “Neurotheology and Spiritual Transformation: Clues in the Work of Joel Goldsmith.FEBRUARY .himonline. “The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You. I am indebted to Marcus Borg. The Rev. and that all along it had never been a question of competition. The only way you can “crack” this parable is to shift your perspective so that you see the glass as half full rather than half empty. For an excellent overview of current neuroscience and its implications for spiritual transformation. I am much indebted to my brother John K. p. Its role is “to organize complex incoming stimuli into basic polar opposites.cacradicalgrace. Chairman of the Department of Religion at Western Illinois University. that the good of everyone has been tended. 3.com APR 21 HOW DO WE BREATHE UNDER WATER? The Gospel and 12-Step Spirituality Abilene. Some of her books include Mystical Hope. www.org APR 12 CAC OPEN HOUSE Albuquerque. TX Life Revealing Community www. who first offered it in conversation during a retreat we shared in Portland. Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. 22 .
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