Spiritual surrender: the ego strikes back

Start Date
1st November 2019 6:15 pm
End Date
3rd November 2019 2:00 pm


Course Details

Isaac Penington wisely counsels us to ‘give over thine own willing.’ But old hurts and false beliefs – about ourselves or ‘how things are’ – may stop us experiencing spiritual surrender and connection. ‘Notions’ about God/Spirit, strong emotions (what Thích Nhất Hạnh calls ‘afflictions’) and personal attachments (which George Fox termed ‘addictions’) may block our spiritual growth. Creating safe containment for our explorations together, this is an opportunity to question old habits and set ways as we open ourselves to mystery.

Alex Wildwood gave the 1999 Swarthmore lecture, ‘A Faith to call our Own’ and co-authored Rooted in Christianity, Open to New Light: Quaker spiritual diversity’ (2009), with Timothy Ashworth. His journey has been influenced by Buddhist activist Joanna Macy and his experience of 12 Step recovery fellowships.

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