The Christ Within: Awakening Jesus' Non-Dual Interpersonal Consciousness
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - Tuesday, February 28, 2023
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Online - via Zoom
Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Feb 21th and 28th 2023. Offered over Zoom.
All Sessions will be recorded for participant re-viewing as they desire.
Suggested Offering $35.00
We will explore our everyday awareness as a microcosm of Christ's awareness, calling attention to Jewish, Buddhist, and Sufi analogues of non-dual consciousness, along with psychotherapeutic insights and wisdom.
For most of Christian history, followers of Jesus focused almost exclusively on his divine identity. In recent decades, theologians began discussing Jesus as a historical figure. Yet, until now, hardly anyone has explored Jesus’ psychological and spiritual awareness. What does St. Paul mean when he maintains that we have “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16)? What is “the mind of Christ,” anyway, and what practices and perspectives might help us to experience it ourselves?
Following a trail of scripture sayings and stories, as well as the teachings of ancient Christian mystics, Dr. Jonas explores the possibility that any of us can discover and awaken the mind (Greek: nous) of Christ.
In his new book, My Dear Far-Nearness, Jonas suggests that Jesus’ consciousness circulated in three portals of knowing that are both trinitarian and non-dual — and that, with practice, all of us can learn to awaken this human-divine awareness.
Week 1 - An Overview of Christ's Awareness
Week 2 - Trinitarian awareness and practices help us to realize the mind of Christ
Robert A. Jonas, Ed.D, M.T.S
Robert A. Jonas, Ed.D, M.T.S, is the founder and director of the Empty Bell, a contemplative sanctuary in Northampton, MA, with an emphasis on Buddhist-Christian dialogue and the arts. Jonas is an author, musician, environmental activist, and retreat leader.
A Christian in the Carmelite tradition, he has also received spiritual formation with Buddhist teachers. He is a student of Suizen, the Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute, a member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and the Eckhart Society, and a past board member of the Kestrel Land Trust and the Henri Nouwen Society.
He is the author of several books and articles including The Essential Henri Nouwen and Rebecca: A Father’s Journey from Grief to Gratitude. His new book, from Orbis, is My Dear Far-Nearness: The Holy Trinity as Spiritual Practice. Glimpse Jonas’ shakuhachi music on iTunes by searching for “Blowing Bamboo” and his name.
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