In These Chaotic Times, How Do You Cultivate the Wisdom to Move Forward?
“We are becoming nuclear giants and technological wizards while remaining ethnical adolescents and wisdom dwarfs.”Roger Walsh
Roger has designed this ILP module to explore what is wisdom and how is it cultivated. These are among the most important questions we can ask, but questions that have been routinely ignored in modern times. In the twentieth century, the search for wisdom was replaced by a search for knowledge as science and technology promised answers to life’s ills. However, along with scientific achievements came disasters, particularly the devastation of the planet through the accelerating use of modern technology.
In an era drenched in data, a desire for wisdom has been reborn. Where can we go to learn about wisdom? The answer is clear: to the world’s great contemplative religions and their accompanying philosophies and psychologies. This ILP module offers distillations of the world’s accumulated wisdom—ancient and modern, religious and scientific, philosophical and psychological. It is a unique resource that brings together our collective understanding of wisdom and the ways to develop it.
In this ILP module Roger explores…
- What is wisdom?
- Examples of wisdom teachings from the great traditions.
- How to cultivate wisdom utilizing contemplative practices
- General wisdom practices
- Specific wisdom practices
- Working with a teacher
- Lectio Divina Practice
- Integrated wisdom practice
Climate change, wealth inequality, ideological polarization, terrorism, religious radicalization — these are some of the truly wicked problems of the world. And none of our most pressing global challenges can be navigated or overcome without a momentous leap of collective wisdom, as well as a commensurate increase in our ability to recognize and leverage that wisdom. But what exactly is this wisdom that so many of us are searching for? Where can we find it? How do we cultivate it in our own lives and make it available to more people?
Based on over twenty years of research and spiritual practice, this is a groundbreaking and life-changing book. In his decades of study, Dr. Roger Walsh has discovered that each of the great spiritual traditions has both a common goal and seven common practices to reach that goal: recognizing the sacred and divine that exist both within and around us. Filled with stories, exercises, meditations, myths, prayers, and practical advice, Essential Spirituality shows how you can integrate these seven principles into one truly rewarding way of life in which kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity become an ever-growing part of everything you do.