This section which I have named “Schola Contemplatio,” echoes the description of “schola”
that Beatrice Bruteau emphasises, as someone who studies contemplatively by giving her or
himself to the leisure of silence and the joy of creation. Here I present teachings and courses that we are
offering that aim to assist us to take the writings of the mystics deeper into our heart so that
words may continue to form in our understanding. This way of studying involves pondering,
musing, ruminating in how we may become more sensitive to the movement of the Holy
Spirit within our research.
“We are coming to know the Sacred Heart from the inside, inside his consciousness, and inside our consciousness. And our ‘inside’ comes to be more and more coincident with his ‘inside’. His Heart is becoming the heart of our heart.”
Beatrice Bruteau, Radical Optimism, 98.
These teachings were given at the Omega Australia Conference, 2020, “The Life and Vision of Beatrice Bruteau: Awakening Neo-Feminine Consciousness in Our Time”. In two lectures, I introduce the writings of the renowned scientist, scholar and mystic, Beatrice Bruteau, before exploring her invitation to awaken into a new era of consciousness.
Let that meek darkness be a mirror
and your mind whole.
Think no further of yourself,
than I beg you do of God,
so that you be one with God in spirit
without scattering or distractions in your mind.
Cloud of Unknowing seer, Book of Privy Counselling, 136: 7.
These teachings were given as part of the Christian Meditation Conference, on the theme of communion consciousness in Christian Meditation. The first reflection, I Sleep But My Heart is Awake, explores our desire to be one with God in contemplation. The second reflection, An Awake Heart, focuses on the wisdom knowing of the heart. The third, Communion in the Heart of Hearts, ponders how communion consciousness arises when we connect with each other heart centre to heart centre. The final reflection, Nurturing Communion Consciousness, looks at how the maranatha energy field helps foster Christ consciousness in the noosphere.
“This little sparrow always turns its beak towards the spirit of love.”
John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle.
This formation offering draws on the wisdom of the mystics to assist spiritual directors in entering into the depthless ground of the heart with directees, as they seek to discern the stirrings of Spirit and the infusing of contemplation that is beyond language. Classic mystical texts by mystics such as Julian of Norwich, the Cloud of Unknowing, Meister Eckhart, Gertrude of Helfta, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Teilhard de Chardin, Beatrice Bruteau, Ilia Delio will be drawn on to shed light on some of the more complex issues that arise in spiritual direction as we journey into the deep inner heart. Emphasis is on claiming the ontological space of contemplation and the heart wisdom that arises in stillness and silence. Topics include ways of contemplation, discernment, the knowing of the mystical senses, the grace of darkness and unknowing, the gift of being wounded, sacred sensuality and sexuality, surrender and annihilation, dying and giving birth, unitive, Christ consciousness, ecological consciousness and an evolutionary vision.
The course assists spiritual directors in being able to go deeper into their own inner journey so that they can support their companions to risk the necessary surrender that this way of love involves.
In this second Mystical Heart, we will deepen the learnings of the first course, exploring the wisdom of the mystical senses, movements of ecstatic mystical union, sexual wounding, living our diminishments and walking with the dying.
For more information about Mystical Heart in 2021, and to register your interest, please click on the link below or download the course flyer here