Cascadia is an online community of people who seek to live with the wisdom and compassion that flows from an awakened heart and transformed consciousness.
Originally founded by David G. Benner as Cascadia Living Wisdom School, we quickly realized we were much more than a school. We are a learning and living, wisdom community. Just a slight change in our name but the same program. We are still a small group of people who share the transformational journey and seek to support each other as we learn to live the wisdom we increasingly know.
Any spiritual journey requires companions on the way. But this is even truer for the inner awakening and expansion of consciousness that lies at the core of anything worthy of being called transformation.
While Cascadia has suggested readings that we discuss and inner work practices that we teach and learn together, the heart of who we are and what we do is sharing ourselves with each other.
We share many things.
But most important, we share our experience as our center shifts from our heads to our hearts.
We also share our experience as we encourage each other to trust the Spirit of Wisdom enough to act on the things we are beginning to know.
Real wisdom lies in living, not simply in knowing.
Much more than knowledge or even understanding, wisdom is seeing life through the eyes of an awakened heart and transformed consciousness. In Buddhism this is called enlightenment. In Hinduism it is called liberation. In Christianity it is called acquiring Christ consciousness (or the mind of Christ). However, regardless of the language we use to describe it the important thing to note is that it involves something significantly more profound than acquiring information. It involves a quantum shift in our inner world that leads to a fundamentally new way of seeing and relating to everything in existence. This is the basis of wisdom and it is the basis of Cascadia.
Wisdom is grounded in a deep awareness of the sacredness and interconnectedness of everything in existence. It is living in alignment with the creative Spirit of Wisdom who inhabits all of creation and is our truest and deepest self. It is learning to participate in the cosmic, whole-making, transformational agenda of the Transcendent One.
The deepest sources of wisdom are accessed through the ongoing rhythmic flow of contemplation and action. Contemplative practices have a particularly important role in accessing and living wisdom because of the way they open up regions of the heart that are essential if wisdom is to get us as opposed to us simply get it.
No single spiritual tradition has a monopoly on wisdom. This is why we draw wisdom from a number of spiritual, scientific and cultural traditions.
While many of us find our home base in the Christian wisdom tradition, this does not mean that we teach Christian beliefs or that you have to believe anything in particular to participate. The Christian wisdom tradition is not a set of beliefs to be embraced but a transformational path to be walked. It is the mystics who have the most to teach us about walking that path so they provide our point of access to the Christian wisdom tradition.
However, we also work with many other sources of wisdom, additionally drawing on the wisdom of:
Suggested readings follow a multi-year schedule of topics that provides us with opportunities to learn from these diverse wisdom teachers.
Our online platform and regular video conferences allow us to discuss these readings and, more importantly, our responses to them. For many of us, this involves a daily interaction. For others, it is less often. But for all of us, our regular engagement with each other is both a commitment and a great joy!
If the answer to most of these questions is “Yes,” Cascadia sounds like it just could be for you!
If you have not already done so, the next step in exploring whether Cascadia is right for you at this point in time is to read my latest book – Living Wisdom – Second Edition (Revised & Expanded). It’s available as a free PDF download on this website at www.drdavidgbenner.ca/living-wisdom/.
And then, check back here again for more information.