While traditional Christianity would have us believe certain things (mostly about Jesus) in order to solidify our faith, Wisdom Christianity would have us experience them directly. What is it we might come up with? Well, I would say that it’s possible to get to a bottom line experiential conclusion that we are grounded and rooted in a vast and all-encompassing field of love. This “field” embraces everything such that we can never fall “out of” this field. But more than this field being the “what” of our intelligible universe, it certainly seems to be the “Who.” The universe, in other words, seems to be lined with the interwoven personal dynamism of love.
I invite you not just to believe this is so, but to actually experience it. All it takes is a practiced willingness to let everything go in order to to become unencumbered enough to sense it.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.