Texts: Essene Book of Everyday Virtues, Spiritual Wisdom from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Kenneth Hanson; The Essenes Children of Light, Stuart Wilson & Joanna Prentis.
Two thousand years ago a small, obscure group of Judeans transcribed a library of documents that included copies of Hebrew Scriptures, their rule books, and manuals, as well as different psalms and liturgical texts. Some of these items we are familiar with today, such as the Christian Bible, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Kabbalah. Other lesser-known writings focus on the mystical visions of the divine realms, the end of the age, and eschatological conflict between the forces of good and evil.
The ancient community of the Essenes developed a spiritual practice that aided in awakening the spark of the Eternal within through simple and uncomplicated principles. For six weeks we will delve into the most meaningful, graspable and spiritually suggestive disciplines of their world as they are relevant to contemporary life.