Wisdom’s Work seeks to contribute to the work of Wisdom in the world. Through writings, workshops, retreats, and Wisdom schools we are trying to sow seeds of hope, trust, and love. We hope that this website will contribute to your interest in Wisdom.
Wisdom is an age-old concept that presents new possibilities for our present age. While modern life is replete with exciting possibilities that are reflected in shiny surfaces, most of us desire something deeper that might hold together life’s fragmented strands. Traditional religion seems to address this desire, telling us that there is a Power that holds life together, nevertheless it mostly tells us about this Power. What many of us need, however, are the means and practices by which this Power might be more deeply and experientially known. But this a very different kind of knowing than what most of us are used to. While we desire a deeper coherence, the difficult reality is that our usual way of thinking only adds to our experience of fragmentation. Is there another way of seeing?
Wisdom not only says that there is, but it also suggests the means by which this seeing might be established. This is Wisdom’s Work.
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 has recently retired 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 24 years ago and has been as active student of hers for the last ten years. Bill can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.