Walking the Path of Wisdom

Where does it lead? There is a path that can take us beyond conventional Christianity. It is the Wisdom path that leads us into the transpersonal realms. From this perspective, we can hear the teachings of Jesus in a whole new way. In fact, we come to see everything in a whole new way—including ourselves. And, interspiritually, we are able to tune into the deeper Wisdom levels of the other faith traditions with renewed reverence and appreciation.

What is its nature? All of this is not the result of believing something different. It is nothing less than the transformation of a whole new way of seeing and a whole new way of knowing. But this transformation is based on experience and not just belief. Spiritual practices—like the ancient contemplative disciplines of mediation, chanting, and lectio divina—are important. Additionally, energetic and attention practices are essential in this transformation.

But the challenge of this vision and understanding of life is that you cannot see it until you can see it. From our usual way of seeing and from our ordinary consciousness this seems to make little sense. That is because it requires subtler faculties of apprehension.

Wisdom Schools/Retreats. Wisdom’s Work is to provide opportunities for this kind of deepening and to assist Wisdom seekers in this ongoing process. This is accomplished in a number of different ways. Wisdom Schools are multiple-day retreat experiences which seek to raise the level of the participants’ being in order that they might be open to new and qualitatively different understandings. This is not so much learning more information, but coming to know and to learn with more of oneself. Other retreats and group offerings supplement our Wisdom Schools.

Individual Work. While experience is vitally important in Wisdom Work, it is the development of a platform from which to live the whole of one’s life that is essential—and not just the stimulation and generation a few fleeting spiritual experiences. Therefore, integration for the longer term is crucial. To aid in this vital function of integration, individual consultation—both in person and via Skype—is available and encouraged. E-mail to receive more information and/or to make an appointment.

What We Do

There is a path that can take us beyond conventional Christianity. It is the Wisdom path that leads us into the transpersonal realms. From this perspective, we can hear the teachings of Jesus in a whole new way. In fact, we come to see everything in a whole new way—including ourselves.

All of this is not the result of believing something different. It is nothing less than the transformation of a whole new way of seeing and a whole new way of knowing. But this transformation is based on experience and not belief. Spiritual practice—like the ancient contemplative disciplines of mediation, chanting, and lectio divina—are important. Additionally, attention practices are essential in this transformation.

But the challenge of this vision and understanding of life is that you cannot see it until you can see it. From our usual way of seeing and from our ordinary consciousness this simply makes no sense at all. It requires subtler faculties of apprehension.

Wisdom’s work is to provide opportunities for this kind of deepening and to assist Wisdom seekers in this ongoing process.

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Who We Are

Bill Redfield retired in 2013 as rector of Trinity Church, Fayetteville, NY, after nearly 20 years. Besides being an Episcopal priest, he is also a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in private practice in Central New York and Maine. He has had a lifelong interest in the intersection of spirituality and the inner life. He is the creative force behind the birth of Wisdom House, Fayetteville, NY. Bill was introduced to Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault over 25 years ago and has been an active student of, and collaborator with her for the last ten years. Bill can be contacted at: wisdomswork@gmail.com.