A listing of books and websites that CANA members have found useful. Read More
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I particularly appreciated this talk because I have been struggling to understand what people mean when they talk about the Cosmic Christ. Richard Rohr explains this concept in terms I can understand and relate to. Jesus and Christ, he says, are not the same thing. The Christ existed since the world began, whereas Jesus was born 2000 years ago. So why has Jesus been identified with the Christ? Because he revealed to us this pattern or blueprint which has existed since the Big Bang, the moment (in theological terms) when God decided to materialise. Jesus is the personification of what God is always doing, creating with love. In the past Christians have got hung up on the theology of atonement, the need to ‘earn’ God’s love and to convert others to their viewpoint, but the Gospel is about changing oneself, not other people. Rohr urges his listeners to adopted a ‘generous orthodoxy’ which involves thinking more holistically, honoring other faiths and seeing the whole of life as sacred. There are three other CDs in this series: The Art of Looking Sideways at the Bible; The Art of Looking Sideways at the Church and the Art of Looking Sideways at Us (meaning ourselves). Read More
A series of transcribed lectures rather than a book, they give us current and helpful insights into the process of co-creation; the distinction between the historical Jesus and the overlighting Christ energy and, by implication, our current role in the unfolding evolutionary process in which we are participating.
This CANA publication came out in 2010. It was designed for people with a Church background, and offers a new look at key features of the Christian tradition. Designed to be used in study groups of up to ten people, it could form an excellent book for reflection during the preparation periods of Advent and, particularly, Lent. The booklet can be downloaded direct from the CANA website, or you can buy print copies from CANA Publications, 102 Church Rd, Steep, GU32 2DD. £2 per copy, including postage. Cheques made out to CANA, please. Read More
Paramahansa Yogananda may be best-known today for his classic text, The Autobiography of a Yogi. After a rigorous training in God-consciousness, Paramahansa left his native India in the days before aeroplanes to become guru to the West. He founded the Self-Realization Fellowship, an organisation that continues to this day. His view of the nature of Christ Consciousness as God-consciousness and of the ’Second Coming’ as the time when many people awaken to God consciousness, is encapsulated in the following Wikipedia link: Read More
Here is a link to the Holistic Christianity Facebook site of Franco Santoro. Franco is resident shaman and spiritual teacher at Findhorn. He has deep roots in esoteric Christianity and his site is a resource for book recommendations in this field. Click on this link. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holistic-Christianity/220503611298579?ref=ts
This is a film about changing our paradigm. About changing the way we think things work. Lots of learned and engaging people from both science and spirituality give their perspective within a loosely-woven story-line of a young woman discovering herself anew. Here are some quotes and paraphrases from the film. Instead of thinking of what surrounds us as things, think of them as tendencies, possibilities… …most people don’t affect reality because they don’t believe they can. They write an intention, but then they erase it, because they think, “That’s silly…” Read More
I found this the best of all books . It gives a great experience of the communion between Jesus the Christ and Mary Magdalene. It links with the Gnostic Gospels, and includes the wisdom of Mary Magdalene, the woman with the alabaster jar, monastic love and conscious love, the alchemical feminine and how the male disciples were jealous of her relationship with Jesus ‘ Submitted by Tessa Maskell, Gloucestershire, England Read More
“It is certainly clear to all of us that clairvoyance and precognition are impossible… The problem is that they do occur.” This is the dilemma that the author sets himself – that our everyday way of thinking in time and space precludes phenomena, for which there is actually good evidence of their happening, which do not fit into that paradigm. Coming from the discipline of experimental psychology, he finds that clairvoyants describing paranormal abilities, mystics talking about their experience of the Divine, and physicists investigating quantum states, have different goals in mind yet use surprisingly similar language. They push our understanding of what a ‘thing’ is, how we view time, and how we evaluate information. Read More
This book focuses on Jesus’ disciples – not just the ones in the Bible, but others who have lived at different times down the years, including, for example, such a figure as Paramahansa Yaogananda. It includes channelled material connected to each of the disciples featured. And each one also focuses on a particular quality. The underlying structure is that when all the qualities are fully realised, we have the full ‘ Christ blueprint.’ The book includes exercises and suggestions for working with and integrating these qualities. For example, the chapter focused on Mary Magdalene has as its key quality ‘Holy Desire.’ In that chapter comes the thought that, while Jesus of Nazareth was the main focus and channel for the Christ energies in former times, with the Magdalene standing ‘behind him’, now she is the central focus, with Jesus ‘behind her.’ Read More