Thursday April 11th, 7 PM
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BERRY FORUM CONTEMPLATIVE ECOLOGISTS CIRCLE

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Join us to reflect on the richness and challenge of the selected teaching from the legacy of Thomas Berry,
Spiritual Master of the Ecozoic Age.

For our April 11th gathering, we share our reflections on this rich  essay by Thomas Berry:  "The World of Wonder" 

Excerpts below are from this essay by Thomas Berry recently published in the book   Spiritual Ecology

Time: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time
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Topic: Berry Forum Contemplative Circle
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These monthly invitations are sent with a selection from Thomas Berry's writings to inspire our shared silence and dialogue, and to foster The Great Work of cultivating a community of contemplative ecologists as a feature of our ecozoic vocation.  Please invite your friends and spread the word.  

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Thursday, May 9, 2019


Here is our Lectio Terra for our April 11th Circle:

The sacred is that which evokes the depths of wonder. We may know some things, but really we know only the shadows of things.” ~Thomas Berry

 

“What do you see? What do you see when you look up at the sky at night, at the blazing stars against the midnight heavens? What do you see when the dawn breaks over the eastern horizon? What are your thoughts in the fading days of summer as the birds depart on their southward journey, or in the autumn when the leaves turn brown and are blown away? What are your thoughts as you look out over the ocean in the evening? What do you see?

Many earlier peoples saw in these natural phenomena a world beyond ephemeral appearance, an abiding world, a world imaged forth in the wonders of the sun and clouds by day and the stars and planets by night, a world that enfolded the human in some profound manner. The other world was guardian, teacher, healer―the source from which humans were born, nourished, protected, guided, and the destiny to which we returned.

Above all, this world provided the psychic power we humans needed in our moments of crisis. Together with the visible world and the cosmic world, the human world formed a meaningful threefold community of existence. This was most clearly expressed in Confucian thought, where the human was seen as part of a triad with Heaven and Earth…

We need to awaken… to the wilderness itself as a source of new vitality for its own existence. For it is the wild that is creative. As we are told by Henry David Thoreau, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” The communion that comes through these experiences of the wild, where we sense something present and daunting, stunning in its beauty, is beyond comprehension in its reality, but it points to the holy, the sacred.

The universe is the supreme manifestation of the sacred. This notion is fundamental to establishing a cosmos, an intelligible manner of understanding the universe or even any part of the universe. That is why the story of the origin of things was experienced as a supremely nourishing principle, as a primordial maternal principle, or as the Great Mother, in the earliest phases of human consciousness…

We must remember that it is not only the human world that is held securely in this sacred enfoldment but the entire planet. We need this security, this presence throughout our lives. The sacred is that which evokes the depths of wonder. We may know some things, but really we know only the shadows of things.

We go to the sea at night and stand along the shore. We listen to the urgent roll of the waves reaching ever higher until they reach their limits and can go no farther, then return to an inward peace until the moon calls again for their presence on these shores. So it is with a fulfilling vision that we may attain―for a brief moment. Then it is gone, only to return again in the deepening awareness of a presence that holds all things together.”

~Thomas Berry~

Questions to prompt our contemplative dialogue:
  • What is this "presence that holds all things together" and how might we speak of it?
  • Is it still possible for our generation of humankind to see in the natural world "an abiding world... a world that enfolded the human in some profound manner?"
  • How have I experienced this deeper, abiding world as "guardian, teacher, healer" - source of our birth, protector, guide and the destiny to which I return?
  • How shall we access this "psychic power" we humans need in this moment of Earth crisis?
  • And what about "wilderness?"  
  • What about "the Great Mother?"
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