Wisdom’s Work seeks to contribute to the work of Wisdom in the world. Through writings, workshops, retreats, and Wisdom schools we are trying to sow seeds of hope, trust, and love. We hope that this website will contribute to your interest in Wisdom.
Wisdom is an age-old concept that presents new possibilities for our present age. While modern life is replete with exciting possibilities that are reflected in shiny surfaces, most of us desire something deeper that might hold together life’s fragmented strands. Traditional religion seems to address this desire, telling us that there is a Power that holds life together, nevertheless it mostly tells us about this Power. What many of us need, however, are the means and practices by which this Power might be more deeply and experientially known. But this a very different kind of knowing than what most of us are used to. While we desire a deeper coherence, the difficult reality is that our usual way of thinking only adds to our experience of fragmentation. Is there another way of seeing?
Wisdom not only says that there is, but it also suggests the means by which this seeing might be established. This is Wisdom’s Work.View more writings
Wisdom describes an ancient stream of transformational methodology that has existed since the beginnings of the world’s great spiritual traditions. It is the stream that runs beneath them and informs them all. And while it is not exclusively identified with any one of them, it can express itself in the deepest levels of them all.
Fundamentally, Wisdom describes a lineage of spiritual knowledge that is principally concerned with the alchemy of transformation. It is not about knowing more, but about knowing more deeply, and it might be marked by an alert, present-moment awareness and a compassionate intelligence. Attention and surrender are the banks between which Wisdom flows.
Bill Redfield has recently retired as rector of Trinity Church, Fayetteville, NY, after nearly 20 years. Besides being an Episcopal priest, he is also a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in private practice in Central New York and Maine. He has had a lifelong interest in the intersection of spirituality and the inner life. He is the creative force behind the birth of Wisdom House, Fayetteville, NY. Bill was introduced to Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault over 23 years ago and has been as active student of hers for the last eight years. Bill can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.