About the Event
One Mind, One Heart: Unified Consciousness
The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM’s) theme of 2022 is Unified Consciousness. This is not a merely intellectual or abstract issue, because the survival of humanity may well depend upon the evolution of our consciousness. The mind of Christ within each of us is the same mind that contains all of us. The meditator experiences this in real time by being able to see herself in others and others in herself. In this silent retreat, Laurence Freeman will explore the personal healing involved in unifying ourselves with ourselves and with others.
This retreat will also serve as an introduction and a deepening to the practice of meditation.
About the Presenter(s)Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB
Fr. Laurence Freeman is Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation Bonnevaux, a global, inclusive contemplative community in France espousing meditation as a way to personal and organizational transformation (https://wccm.org/). He is a Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore in the Abbey of S Maria del Pilastrello, Lendinara Italy.
With Irish and English roots, Laurence Freeman was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he worked with the United Nations in New York, in Banking and Journalism.
A writer, citizen of the world and international teacher, Fr Laurence is the author of many articles and books including: Light Within, The Selfless Self, Your Daily Practice, Jesus: The Teacher Within, First Sight: The Experience of Faith, Web of Silence, and his latest book Good Work Meditation for Personal and Organizational Transformation. He collaborated with the Dalai Lama on many dialogues and the groundbreaking book The Good Heart.
In 2013 Fr. Laurence inaugurated an MBA course on Meditation and Leadership, at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Washington DC which has become the most popular of its electives. In the same year he initiated a programme on Health & Meditation: Healing from the Centre, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland which has led to a Contemplative Healthcare initiative.
In addition to his work in the contemplative renewal of Christianity Fr Laurence conducts dialogues and peace initiatives, such as the historic Way of Peace with the Dalai Lama.
He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2012 in recognition of his work for interfaith dialogue and the promotion of world peace.
His Daily Wisdom, Quarterly Spiritual Letter and other regular teachings online and his retreats and conferences are sources of inspiration for many worldwide.