You are welcome to sign up for this e-course any time before the last day, April 10, 2017. After you do, you will find in your account an archive of the sessions covered so far, and you can read them online or resend them to yourself.
Cynthia Bourgeault has been wanting for years to see whether G. I. Gurdjieff’s relatively little known "Obligolnian Strivings" might form the basis for a dynamic and deeply transformative Lent. She joins the Spirituality & Practice team in being pleased to invite you to this online retreat, which steps off bright and early on Ash Wednesday morning, following a helpful orientation the Monday before.
G. I Gurdjieff (1866-1949) was a visionary, Armenian-born spiritual teacher who became convinced that there were ancient schools of Wisdom still in existence that preserved the true roadmap to our purpose as human beings and our responsibilities in the greater web of planetary life. His teaching might be characterized as an early run-up on what we would nowadays call "mindfulness training," attached to a highly original cosmology. His five Obligolnian Strivings are a yardstick by which a truly human level of consciousness can be measured. They are also guideposts for achieving this state of awareness.
This Lent we are pleased to offer you this special opportunity to explore Gurdjieff's powerful spiritual practices minus the intellectual speculation and secrecy sometimes associated with his teachings. Cynthia is one of the foremost contemporary bridgebuilders between the Gurdjieff Work and the contemporary spiritual sensibility. An Episcopal priest and retreat leader, she participated actively in the Gurdjieff Work for ten years and still remains deeply involved in its teaching and articulation. Like Gurdjieff himself, she discovered that these practices opened the door to deepening and grounding her own Christian practice, and she has been committed to extending the interfaces through workshops, writing, and now this e-course.
You will receive 19 emails (arriving on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) which include:
- a clear, thoughtful orientation about Gurdjieff and the role that the Obligolnian Strivings play in his vision;
- Cynthia's commentaries that unpack the five strivings and two further foundational practices from Gurdjieff;
- opportunities for conscious reflection on the teachings;
- audio divina, sacred music and chants to draw out another dimension of the teachings;
- spiritual practices to deepen your understanding;
- a Practice Circle — an online forum open 24/7 — where you can share with other participants from around the world and receive further guidance from Cynthia on bringing this wisdom and these practices into your daily life.
These collective, universal, and practical teachings are an excellent match for Lent. Obviously, this is not going to be your usual Lenten fare. But you will cover the same basic inner terrain: repentance (understood as an entry into the larger mind), renewal, and amendment of life.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
Monday, February 27 - Monday, April 10