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Silence in the City: The Secret Embrace - Thomas Keatings's final Spiritual Gift to the World
Monday 20 April 2020, 10:00 - 16:30
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Silence in the City: The Secret Embrace - Thomas Keatings's final Spiritual Gift to the World.

Leader: Cynthia Borgeault

Date: Monday 20 April 2020

Venue: The Barn, 24 Greencoat Place, Victoria, SW1P 1RD

Time: 10.00 am for 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Suggested donation: £30.00

Booking: Online via Eventbrite or By Post

Booking: Online via Eventbrite or By Post

About the Talk  :

The Secret Embrace: Unpacking the Final Teaching of Fr. Thomas Keating

In the last five years of his life, Thomas Keating underwent a profound spiritual transfiguration, taking him far beyond our usual understanding of the final, or “unitive,” stage of the spiritual journey--and even beyond the roadmaps he himself so brilliantly constructed and taught for more than forty years. Surprisingly, this journey to the mystical wellsprings of selfhood is conveyed to us in the form of eight short poems, spare in format but searing in intensity. As Thomas forges more and more boldly beyond the boundaries of individual selfhood into the creative spaciousness of pure silence, he joins ranks with Meister Eckhart, St. John of the Cross, Bernadette Roberts, and a handful of other Christian mystics to radically extend our understanding of nondual attainment from a Christian kenotic perspective.

In this all-day teaching retreat, Cynthia Bourgeault will lead us through each of these poems, unpacking the challenging journey toward the final liberation they portend while rooting us firmly yet again in the daily disciplines of silence and surrender which make such a journey possible.

The schedule:

10:00 arrival and tea

10:15-11:00 “The Secret Embrace:” an introduction and overview

11:00 stretch break and meditation

11:30-12:45: The first four poems

12:45-1:45; lunch and tea

1:45-3:00 the last four poems

3:00 afternoon tea and meditation

3:45-4:30 final summation, questions, dialogue

A short biography of Cynthia Bourgeault is here.

Location The Barn
The Barn, 24 Greencoat Place