Another view on reducing the small self or…

Another view on reducing the small self or ego as a means to successfully facing death;

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly container is not that big a deal… “ Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

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Letting Go – How Far Can It Take You?
Teaching by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes ​- http://www.contemplative.org/audio.html​

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly container is not that big a deal… “

Letting go – how far can it take you? This the question Cynthia Bourgeault poses and explores
in an analysis of the journey which we begin at birth and continue to the death of the body.
Drawing particularly from Helen Luke’s book Old Age: Journey into Simplicity as well as John S.
Donne’s Four Consents, Cynthia offers a transformative alternative to the North American
obsession with staying young, fearing aging, and denying death. As we practice letting go of our
attachments we discover that all is tenderly held in God’s love and in wholeness. The welcoming
practice, another tool of transformation, is also discussed.

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you
die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption
for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact
with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and
downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you
can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of
your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly
container is not that big a deal… “ Disc 1, track 2
Disc One (75:40)
Track 1 — Standing naked without blaming (13:28)
Track 2 — Dying before you die and the divine fragrance (9:35)
Track 3 — Dying to self-will (3:15)
Track 4 — Dying to egoic self (13:40)
Track 5 — Dying to survival (17:13)
Track 6 — The classic spiritual journey and the findings of neuroscience (18:16)

Disc Two (52:36)
Track 1 — Inner surrender and outer strength (3:57)
Track 2 — Confidence in the now (1:32)
Track 3 — Neurotic vs. conscious suffering (15:08)
Track 4 — Accepting conscious suffering (6:16)
Track 5 — Introducing the Welcoming Practice (3:32)
Track 6 — The Welcoming Practice: Steps 1 and 2 (12:20)
Track 7 — The Welcoming Practice: Step 3 (9:51)

Disc Three (67:40)
Track 1 — The last task (4:27)
Track 2 — The four consents (8:13)
Track 3 — Growing into old age (11:57)
Track 4 — Accepting the constrictions of aging (8:30)
Track 5 — Resignation vs. consent (6:36)
Track 6 — Mapping the journey of conscious consent (6:45)
Track 7 — Suffering as a condition of love (4:59)
Track 8 — The dance of self-emptying love (5:48)
Track 9 — Substituted love (4:27)
Track 10 — Atonement and the mystery of Jesus’ death (5:58)

Presented by The Contemplative Society
Please visit our website a​t http://www.contemplative.org/audio ​ ​to order or view our full listing of CD recordings

Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach and coach mainly about 21stC 'interfaith as inter-spirituality' - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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