Learning to access and live wisdom is a communal process, not something we can do on our own. We must walk the wisdom path with spiritual companions who long for the awakening and transformation that we long for, and we must be prepared to learn and grow together with them.
Walking this path with others 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 through the eyes of our awakened hearts, 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 judgment but with 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. 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 get it.
No single spiritual tradition has a monopoly on wisdom. The human journey toward living wisdom involves a great deal of diversity in the ways we awaken and open ourselves to transformation. We take this to mean that learning and living wisdom should be undertaken within a framework of inclusivity. This is why CASCADIA LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL draws from a number of spiritual, scientific and cultural traditions.
CASCADIA LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL is grounded 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 this transformational path that forms the overall framework for everything we do within Cascadia.
Working within the Christian wisdom tradition means that we pay particular attention to Christian theology (principally, Trinitarian Christology and evolutionary theology) and spirituality (particularly the spirituality of the Christian mystics). We also privilege the wisdom of the Perennial Tradition that has, for millennia, been lived by Aboriginal peoples of the world and that continues to be unpacked by depth psychology, cosmology and other fields of modern science.