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The World's Wisdom — Available Now

by Rob Field

It's hard to see the forest for the trees when one of the trees is COVID-19.

If you're like me, you're hoping this is our once-per-century global calamity, and that we'll be through the worst of it some time in 2021.

While we're busy being as safe as possible, a "forest" of worldwide wisdom is available now, silently waiting for our discovery. I recently resumed my part-time position teaching World Religions at Brevard College. I feel fortunate to introduce 70-some undergraduates each semester to the rich wisdom of the great religious and spiritual traditions of the world. It feels like a tremendous privilege.

In my "Intro to World Religions" class, one of my goals is to introduce students to the difference between information, knowledge, and wisdom. I tell them that information is merely data, and knowledge is information-plus-context. But wisdom offers us deep, holistic meaning with the power to transform us and the world. Wisdom is at the heart of the religious & spiritual traditions that we rightly call "great." Through the miracle of digital libraries and the web, this wisdom is available to us now.

You don't have to join a religion to receive its wisdom

I reject the idea that a person must be a card-carrying member of a specific religion to appreciate its wisdom. After learning some basic concepts, we can benefit from a spiritual tradition we don't know — as long as we bring an open mind and heart. Even if you claim a particular religion, you can still learn from the wisdom of a tradition other than your own. For example, I know that I receive insights every time I learn more about Buddhism, even though my primary spiritual identity is Christian.

If you'd like to drink from this deep well of interfaith and inter-spiritual wisdom, join me in October and early November for The Wisdom of World Religions, a 6-week online learning series. Together, we will explore the spiritual wisdom of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Taoism. (CLICK HERE or see the related article in this newsletter for details.)

Introduction to Heartfulness Meditation
Saturday, Sept. 19 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SPACES AVAILABLE


Are you ready to go deeper in your spiritual life? Would you like to discover a spiritual practice that offers a stable anchor at the center of your being?

If so, consider attending our introduction to Heartfulness Meditation, a simple but powerful daily practice. The introductory event will be live a live, online workshop Sat., Sept. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be led by CSW Director Rob Field, who has taught the practice to hundreds of seekers since 2000.

The $45 registration fee covers all materials, live presentations, discussion facilitation, and guidance from the presenter, including multiple question and answer sessions. Workshop registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis..

REGISTER HERE or GO TO OUR WEB SITE to get additional information about this introduction to Heartfulness Meditation.

 

Registration Open for Reel Spirit Project's
Look at The Truman Show on Sept. 17

Center for Spiritual Wisdom’s monthly “Reel Spirit Movie Project” is up and running! The third Thursday evening of every month we will gather online to discuss films that are intended to spark meaningful discourse around the religious, social, spiritual, and/or mystical dimensions of our human experience. Each month we will select a different film, and you are welcome to join any or all of these discussions.

On Thursday, September 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Center will discuss the second film in our series—The Truman Show (1998), a comedy/drama/science fiction film starring Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, and Laura Linney, and directed by Peter Weir. This movie is an allegory dealing with timeless questions and dilemmas: Is each of us alone? Who is really in control? What or who pulls our strings? Can we break the illusion? If so, what will it take to do so? Join us for a discussion of the life and decisions of Truman Burbank and how these might relate to our own lives (you can find a fuller synopsis on IMDB here).

The format of these film discussions is both evocative and engaging. The facilitator for each event creates a Discussion Guide that focuses on key themes for the film, and we send this guide to all registrants. Since we are still practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, participants will begin by viewing the selected film on their own. We will then follow with a scheduled 2-hour facilitated discussion, which the Center will lead and host electronically through Zoom.

The facilitator for this month’s movie discussion is Jean Woods, an Associate at the Center who has a background in mathematics, Pastoral Studies, and Spiritual Direction, and who leads and facilitates programs about spiritual growth and transformation. There is no charge for this event, but participants are asked to please consider a donation to Center for Spiritual Wisdom.

To register or receive additional information, email Cindy Decker at communications@centersw.org. Registrations will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. To make a donation to the Center, go to https://centersw.org/donate. Also, stay tuned for other movies planned by the Reel Spirit Movie Project, including the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble.
 


The Wisdom of World Religions

Six-Week Online Learning Series

Sundays, Oct. 11 - Nov. 15

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


The great spiritual traditions of the world have given the rest of us a priceless gift: their wisdom. And it's available for us to learn and enjoy, right now.

Join CSW Director Rob Field for a 6-week online learning series: The Wisdom of World Religions. The series will be held on Sundays beginning, Oct. 11 and ending Nov. 15 using Zoom video conferencing, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

At the heart of the enduring religions of the world are spiritual teachings with the power to transform individuals and communities. Although the "trappings" of each religion can make its pearls of wisdom hard to find, there are mystics, poets, monastics, and spiritual masters from the great religions who have passed on this wisdom from generation to generation. We're privileged to live in a time when their treasures are available to those who seek them.

In addition to founding and directing Center for Spiritual Wisdom, Rob Field also teaches World Religions at Brevard College. While teaching undergraduates, he's collected some of the spiritual teachings found in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Taoism, among others. Those 6 traditions will be covered in The Wisdom of World Religions, with each having its own focus week during the series. 

Participants will benefit from concise reading material, audio-visual supplements, live presentations, and group interactions. Cost of the series is $229 per person, and registrations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


CLICK HERE to register or CONTACT Rob for further information.
 

Praying In the Dark:

Help & Hope for Depression

 

An Online Learning Series

Led by Dr. Tom Lewis

 

Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24

(Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00)

 
Join author and teacher Tom Lewis for an online learning series about depression and its spiritual impact, offering exercises to help restore hope. The class will use Tom’s book, Finding God: Praying the Psalms In Times of Depression (a copy of the book is included in the registration fee). Tom writes from his personal experience of depression and his perspective as a teacher and minister. 

Tuition is $175 per person, which includes group facilitation for all sessions, a copy of Tom’s book, and additional materials for work outside of class. This class will meet online via Zoom video conferencing for two hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 on four Saturdays: October 3, 10, 17, and 24. 

Who can benefit from this series? Anyone struggling with depression, anyone who wants to learn more about it, as well as those who may be caring for a depressed family member or friend.

Participation will be limited to insure a quality group experience, and registrations are now being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Use THIS LINK to register and pay online. Find more details HERE at our web site or use our CONTACT FORM to request additional information.
 

"Why I Give"

 
 

Center for Spiritual Wisdom gave me the gift of community

— a community of of like-minded seekers. I made an anonymous donation to support its outreach efforts because it is my hope that other seekers can find us more easily. 

The impetus for my own lifelong search has been a restless heart, as in St. Augustine’s — “Our heart is restless until it rests in You.”  The driving force was a deep, nonspecific yearning I could not satisfy. Along the way, people and books entered my life which focused my interests in all things spiritual, and in turn, those interests narrowed to the mystics and the contemplative tradition. There were times I longed for companionship and guidance on this self-directed journey as I tried on different studies and gatherings that left me wanting.  So, imagine my delight when Center for Spiritual Wisdom opened offering programs and retreats that mirrored my own desires!

—Anonymous 

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Thank you kindly. May peace & health be yours.

  
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