Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this formula that Christians recite as though on autopilot lie the secrets for healing our world, rekindling our visionary imagination, and manifesting the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. It’s an astonishing claim, but one that is supported by Cynthia Bourgeault’s exploration of Trinitarian theology—and by her bold work in further articulating the deep truth it contains. She looks to the ancient concept in light of the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff and Jacob Boehme to reveal the Trinity as the "hidden driveshaft" within Christianity: the compassionate expression of the Uncreated Reality in creation.
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Having read most of the Revernd Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault's previously published works, and having had the good fortune to attend a number of her teaching sessions, I have awaited with eagerness and anticipation for months the arrivial of this, her newest book, The Holy Trintiy and the Law of Three. I was not disappointed. Perhaps what I have appreciated most about Cynthia Bourgeault and her writing and teaching is her unwavering commitment to all that is good in Christian belief, tradition, and liturgical celebration, while at the same time breaking new ground for those seeking a Christianity that can be embraced with intellectual, spiritual, and cultural integrity in the 21st century. In the pages of this book, she mingles the fruit of her own deep prayer and meditiation which flourishes in her own particular creative insights, with those of Christian mystics from centuries past and the cutting edge theologians, mystics, and phlosophers of our own time to arrive at a truly new...
Where I come from, "mysticism" can be a dirty word to some. I am an Episcopal priest with a conservative background, and so I was holding my breath as I began to read. A trusted and deep-thinking parishioner gave this book to me to read if I would promise to discuss it with her afterwards. "Metaphysics", "cosmogonic principles" and the like are such esoteric terms that classically-trained theologians might be wary of straying too far off the beaten path into Process Theology or other such buzzword to traditional church teaching. But Cynthia grabbed my attention right away with her assertion that "feminizing the Trinity won't work". As she laid out the inherant inadequacy of binary systems as paradigms of metaphysical thought for understanding the Trinity, and described the natural fit between assymetrical ternary systems and the Trinity, I was hooked. About two thirds through the book, I had occasion to meditate (as an evolving contemplative) on the concepts for several hours. Certain...
I was lucky enough to read The Holy Trinity early, and so I am ready and eager to write a quick review. I know the book will take some work, especially if you have no background in theology or mysticism, but it is well, well worth it. Cynthia, with her acute mind and marvelous choices of words, communicates something that can rearrange your own mind--and because of that your heart might just change too! I have attempted to write my own books on non-dual consciousness and contemplation, but this goes much further into the "how" of it all and even the "why" of the "law of three". If you even get one third of it--and you surely will--it will allow you to see and think in a whole new way--and a way that is generative, life giving, and can only be called wisdom. Who would have thought that this "code breaker" was hidden within our Christian doctrine of the Trinity?! I think the implications of this "radical truth" could change everything from our politics, to our social...
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