A Heart and Mind Community is an in-depth, step by step process of growth and spiritual formation for an individual and a small community.
By Spirit’s grace, our collective efforts, shared resources and fervent prayer, we believe that Heart and Mind Communities are helping to birth Christianity anew.
We also believe that this birth must be sheltered, and that our efforts need to be founded upon personal and communal growth, refreshed traditions, recovering The Great Journey’s map, and bringing all of these aspects together in sound spiritual formation experienced in a communal setting.
We are committed to transforming Christianity one heart by one heart, birthing Christian practice anew and changing ourselves as we change our world.
A Heart and Mind Community traverses the inner landscape of transformation using The Four-Gospel Journey, an inclusive and non-dualistic worldview.
The intent of a Heart and Mind Community is to provide both individual and small community growth and transformation, based on a ‘here and now’ experience of Jesus the Christ, in a free, safe, contemplative, and prayerful environment. This process requires un-learning, re-learning, and depth formation in living the four paths. As a result, while this experience has an element of education and scripture study, these are not its primary focus.
There is a growing number of online communities across the world, some comprising friends who live in the same neighborhood or are from the same congregation and others comprising people who live in similar time zones.
Many (but not all) online Heart and Mind Communities are convened by Annie from the Quadratos Team.
Whether online or together in person, a Community may be convened (facilitated) by any pilgrim (participant) who wishes to take on this role. Whilst a convener has additional responsibilities, the expectation is that she/he/they will fully participate in the community.
The Heart and Mind Community: Convener Text provides the script in large type for each Gathering over the Six Guides. The Text (292 pages with supplemental materials) provides both structure and directions so that anyone (with some preparation) may be at ease in the role of convener.
To help Conveners prepare for their role, Quadratos offers a short series of free training videos and online peer-support at no additional cost.
A Heart and Mind Community requires that every pilgrim commit to the core foundational practices of In Freedom and Safety and Welcome of The Other.
Equally, Heart and Mind Community asks that each pilgrim:
A commonly expressed concern when considering becoming a member of a community is “Do I have what it takes to be a part of this community?”
This anxiety is natural and suggests that the journey being embarked upon is that of a true pilgrim; A pilgrim is an individual who walks an outer or inner sacred path with the purpose of finding more vitality in one’s interior life and ability to respond to one’s outer circumstances.
Moment by moment in each Gathering, it is for you to discern how much and what to share, or even whether to share at all while practicing In Freedom and Safety and Welcome of The Other. The Convener will ensure that sharing does not veer from everyone’s stated intent to practice the holding of a safe and free space for self and others.
At the outset of a new community, you naturally may be concerned that you may not get along with the others, particularly if you have not met previously.
Heart and Mind Communities recognize that to create a community built on individual authenticity and shared harmony is a new frontier in human history.
The practices of In Freedom and Safety and Welcome of The Other provide a foundation for respectful, non-judgmental relationships to develop. Each pilgrim undertakes their own journey of spiritual formation, witnessed, and held by others who are also undergoing their own journey. There is no intellectual argument during the Gatherings, but rather deep listening to and welcome of self and others.
In all areas of life, trust needs to be earned. A Heart and Mind Community is no exception. During every Gathering, you are responsible for discerning whether to respond to a question and which thoughts, feelings, or sensations to share. If a feeling of discomfort or excessive vulnerability develops, you are encouraged to pull-back and share less. As a sense of trust develops, you are encouraged to deepen your sharing and express your own authentic voice more fully.
Communities have said that they are both amazed and comforted by the speed at which trust develops and the freedom each feels to “be themselves” in the Gatherings.
The Gatherings have been carefully crafted by Alexander John Shaia and an international team of ministers and spiritual directors. The sequence is designed to provide a gradual and step by step process to ensure growth and transformation. Using the Four-Gospel Journey, the process steadily encourages you to move from listening primarily to external authorities, to discover and live from your own authentic internal authority.
Imagine ice-skating competition built on two differing performances. The skater must first demonstrate technical proficiency, known as one’s compulsory performance. Then that technical ability is woven into each skater’s creative expression known as ‘free-form.’ The skater’s technical ability evidenced in learning structure and discipline enables the skater to then perform in an original, creative, and authentic way.
The final Gathering within each of the six Guides offers time for journaling, painting, drawing, collage, music, poetry – as a way to grasp and integrate the meaning/learnings for each pilgrim in a non-judgemental and creative way.
Every Gathering includes several ritual elements or symbols which may initially be unfamiliar. Each symbol is intended to offer an opening for deeper awareness of self, others and the Divine.
You are invited to “give it a try” over the Gatherings in Guide 1. See how these elements feel to you, and what they may or may not mean to you. As Guide 1 ends, then is the time to discern if you wish to continue to use these elements.
Speak with one of our team and ask about joining a community or how to become a convener and create a community.
Pay for your participation in each of the Six Guides.
All Six Guides
Through January 6th, receive a limited, numbered and signed edition of Radical Transformation (upon release) along with the cost for participating in all six guides of a Heart and Mind Community for the special price of $288.