Cascadia: Learning and Living Wisdom

Much more than information or even knowledge, wisdom is a way of living that involves every aspect of our being. It is learning to access the well-being and wholeness that comes from living with the mind of Christ and participating in God’s transformational agenda of cosmic whole-making.

Ultimately, wisdom can only be acquired by living. This starts with living the wisdom that we already know at some deep level of our being. This involves moving knowledge from our head to our heart, then to our body, and then into the core of our lifestyle.

Walking the wisdom path we discover that personal well-being cannot be achieved apart from the well-being of the larger spheres in which we find our belonging – our families, our communities, our nations, our world and our universe. As we learn to see all of life through God’s eyes, slowly but surely our center of gravity shifts from our mind to our heart, and our consciousness and identity expand. Slowly but surely we move from duality to integrality as we increasingly relate to life not by differentiation and judgement but with heartful compassion for all that share earth as our home. Slowly but surely we are transformed and we become more whole.

The deepest sources of wisdom are accessed through spiritual practices that have become woven into the fabric of daily life. Some of these practices may appear more spiritual than others but all are deeply spiritual and all are crucial if we are to be truly transformed and whole. Contemplative practices have a particularly important role in learning to access and live wisdom because of the way in which they open up regions of the heart that are essential if wisdom is to get us as opposed to us simply getting it.

No single spiritual tradition has a monopoly on wisdom. However, wisdom can only be deeply accessed through deeply living one’s own spiritual tradition. Although CASCADIA LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL draws from many traditions and disciplines, we privilege the wisdom that is grounded in Christ and expressed in Christian theology – particularly recent explorations in evolutionary theology that emerge in response to developments in cosmology. We also privilege the wisdom that has been preserved and lived by Aboriginal peoples of the world and Christian mystics, and that continues to be unpacked by depth psychology.