Rediscovering the Divine: New Ways to Understand, Experience, and Express God
By: Cyprian Consiglio
“This is the best book on contemplative spirituality I’ve read in years. Fr. Cyprian represents the future of Christian contemplation. Following in the footsteps of spiritual masters like Bede Griffiths, Bruno Barnhart, and Abhishiktananda, he helps us touch what a deep practice feels like.”―Adam Bucko, director, Center for Spiritual Imagination (NYC); author, Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide
"Cyprian grounds his theology in the earth, the body, and the feminine, presenting God as a quaternity of Silence, Word, Music, and Dance. In a “divine alchemy,” which should be our normative experience, “the water of our humanity is changed into the wine of divinity.” This complex and profound work challenges us to move beyond our limited Eurocentrism and understand God as Great Mother, Tao-Made-Flesh, and the energy of Shekinah."- Tessa Bielecki, author of Holy Daring and co-director of the Desert Foundation
It appears that an island floats in the water, but actually every island is the tip of a mountain rooted deep in the ocean. Even more rooted in the fathomless are our names for God: they are merely the island we see sticking out of the sea.
This work explores ways of understanding the Persons of the Trinity inspired by the thought of Raimon Panikkar and Bruno Barnhart. Cyprian Consiglio presents some of what lies beneath the names as we know them––Father, Son, and Spirit––to the universal energies that each of the Persons represent, as these energies are found in us, and in other spiritual traditions of the world. This includes an opening up of the feminine dimension of each of the Persons. With an emphasis on our participation in divinity, Consiglio explores what it might mean to evolve in our understanding of God and realize untapped potentials of our Christian spirituality.
Cyprian Consiglio is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk, musician, composer, author, and teacher. He has shared his time between a hermitage in Big Sur, CA, and traveling in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, studying, teaching, and performing. Currently prior of his community, his other books include Prayer in the Cave of the Heart and Spirit, Soul, Body: Toward an Integral Christian Spirituality.