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Sowing Seeds of Nonviolence Part Two 12-23-2017

Prayer, absorbing the values of the Gospel, and understanding Jesus according to the Alexandrian mystics (Alexandrian Fathers), heals the divide. These practices make us less likely to scapegoat others. They make us more likely to see the enemy within, instead of labeling an enemy “out there.”

These practices open us to the paradoxical and multi-dimensional quality of human beings and their circumstances. These practices leave us open to ambiguity and to living the questions. These practices ground and stabilize the law of love (Mark 12:30-31). The monks of the Egyptian desert from the third century on knew this. It’s time we understand it too.

The combined strategy of the Alexandrian mystics empowers us to “live in that life and power that takes away the occasion for all wars,” as George Fox puts it. A supple mind not prone to taking sides, to quick-fixes, and to unilateral absolutist certainties is fertile for nonviolence.

Creative tension is the language of mysticism and nonviolence, not gridlock and “us against them.” And no matter what flaming arrows may assail us in this life, spiritual practice is our refuge and our source of strength.
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Enjoy Rich’s post, How I Use My Prayer Bracelet. Please check out Orthodox Crafts. They make beautiful prayer ropes, prayer bracelets and icons.

Be sure to check out Nicholas Amato’s second book, Moving from Stress to Joy.

Be sure to check out Diana Butler Bass’ newest book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

The Way of the Wisdom Jesus: Going Beyond the Mind to the Heart of His Teaching – If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. In this online course, Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader Cynthia Bourgeault serves as a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself.  Based upon her book the Wisdom Jesus.

Prayer is a core Christian practice, but for many, this means “saying prayers” or asking God for various favors. In this course, we will review a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. Whether you’re a beginner who is just learning how to pray, or a more mature Christian who has been at it awhile, this course will offer specific guidance, encouragement and support for practicing several time-tested methods of prayer.  Enjoy a review of this course by Rich.

Simply Good News is a short course based on Prof. N.T. Wright’s latest book, Simply Good News. Tom Wright will guide you through the chapters of his book through videos that suggest what some of the main points are. You will instantly get into the heart of the idea of ‘good news’ as it was understood by the 1st Century writers of the New Testament. You will be brought into their world in order to make more sense of what ‘good news’ means in our world.

The Power of the Jesus Prayer: Learn a method practiced by Christian mystics for centuries to consent to the action and presence of God within.

Contemplative Practices: 5 Ways of Consenting to the Divine:  Learn methods practiced by Christian mystics for centuries to consent to the action and presence of God within, including Centering Prayer, The Examen, Lectio Divina, Christian Meditation, and the Jesus Prayer.

BE STILL AND LISTEN: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life

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Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Number of pages: 160
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018

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Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots

ISBN: 978-1-62032-365-6
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of pages: 316
Publication Date: March 29, 2013

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