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New Live Training Starts
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What You’ll Discover in These 8 Weeks

Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.

In this 8-week transformational program, Mirabai will guide you through the fundamental spiritual skills and competencies you’ll need to successfully experience the essential interconnectedness of the great world traditions.

Each weekly, LIVE contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to expand your understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths.

Module 1: Toward the One
Unity in Diversity (November 2)

From the heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam springs the primordial affirmation of the Oneness of the Divine. While Jews, Christians and Muslims may not always agree on the particular attributes of the One or what our relationship with the Absolute is meant to be, they all recognize that its true nature is love. It is not that the three faiths are all the same, but that their underlying message calls us to Oneness. It is the mystics of each religion who carry the unifying jewels to a troubled world.

In this module, you’ll:

Learn the primary declarations of faith of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Contemplate sacred scriptures affirming the Oneness of the Divine

Chant sacred phrases in Hebrew, Latin and Arabic

Encounter teaching stories from each tradition that illumine divine unity

Module 2: Embodied Spirituality
Social Action & Stewardship of the Earth (November 9)

Judaism, Christianity and Islam urge us to recognize the face of the Creator in the beauty of creation. From this heart space, it is impossible to “otherize” individuals or communities who are different from us or to objectify the earth and its resources. The greatest testimony to our relationship with the Holy One, all three faiths insist, is the way we treat one another and the planet we share.

In this module, you’ll:

Identify key scriptures in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Qur’an and Hadiths that emphasize our charge to be stewards of the earth and servants of the marginalized

Study nature mystics, such as Hildegard of Bingen and Francis of Assisi

Discern the social and/or environmental issue that concerns you most and make a practical decision to contribute to its alleviation

Explore the role of the prophet in our times

Module 3: Radical Wonderment
Holy Awe & Longing for the Beloved (November 16)

The mystical path is characterized by paradox. Mystics throughout the ages and across cultures have borrowed the language of romantic love to evoke the way in which the soul both yearns for and connects with the sacred. In the dazzling light of love, we experience a mixture of intimacy and awe. The experience of mystical union dissolves the separation between lover and Beloved, so that there is, in a sense, no one left to experience the merging. The Holy One simultaneously transcends all form and expression, and permeates all that is.

In this module, you’ll:

Make a plan to participate in a Jewish, a Christian, and a Muslim (or Sufi) religious service or community practice

Engage in contemplative reading of mystical poetry in the three Abrahamic faiths

Create a work of art to convey your experience of the divineBuild an inter-spiritual altar

Module 4: Mercy
Forgiveness & Reconciliation (November 30)

The Hebrew word teshuvah means “return.” It invokes the infinite lovingkindness of the Divine who meets us with open arms the moment we take responsibility for our negative actions and strive to make amends. Jews, Christians and Muslims hold compassion as the highest ideal, not only with regard to how we are meant to treat others but also as a reflection of the unconditional love in which the Holy One enfolds us. When we draw on this quality, we cultivate the courage to forgive and the vulnerability to be forgiven.

In this module, you’ll:

Learn the meaning of desert hospitality and table fellowship

Reconcile with someone with whom you have had a falling out

Practice guided meditations that invoke unconditional love

Study sacred writings from Judaism, Christianity and Islam on the transformational power of mercy and compassion

Module 5: Indwelling Presence
The Feminine Face of the Divine (December 7)

Something in the psyche of the human family yearns now more than ever for the Divine Feminine. She has been shunned, ridiculed, and burned alive for millennia. By revitalizing our relationship with the Holy She, in the form of Mother, of Lover, of most intimate female Friend, we may unfold the treasure map that leads to the resources we need to heal the ravaged planet and all who dwell on her.

In this module, you’ll:

Shift your focus from the transcendent to the immanent nature the Divine

Explore embodied, incarnational spirituality

Compare the ways in which Judaism, Christianity and Islam relate to the sacred feminine

Learn stories from the lives of feminine mystics in the three Abrahamic faiths

Study biblical wisdom literature

Module 6: Still Small Voice
Contemplative Life (December 14)

Many contemporary spiritual seekers abandoned their Judeo-Christian roots in search of Eastern meditation practices only to discover that the religions they grew up with contain a rich contemplative tradition. There has been a contemplative revival among Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders striving to be more relevant to their congregations. Each of the monotheistic faiths teaches us to turn inward and cultivate a direct and personal relationship with the sacred in silence and stillness.

In this module, you’ll:

Commit to a regular meditation practice

Experience Centering Prayer

Engage in zikr (Islamic practice of repetition of the Divine Name)

Explore the teachings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Module 7: Fire & Wine
Suffering & Exaltation (December 21)

A direct encounter with the sacred – whether a dramatic experience of mystical melding or a fleeting glimpse of the unity of the cosmos and our perfect place within it all – carries a quality of the ecstatic. This is the place from which the poetry of the mystic flows and overflows. Profound pain can also be a gateway to the numinous. Grief strips us of our ordinary preoccupations and lays the heart bare. From this naked space our yearning for the Divine intensifies.

In this module, you’ll:

Engage in contemplative readings of mystical poetry and sacred scripture from Judaism, Christianity and Islam expressing separation from God

Explore the connection between loss and longing for the Beloved

Practice inter-spiritual chanting to open the heart

Identify common themes in Jewish, Christian & Islamic teachings that invoke both the ecstatic and the painful nature of the divine relationship

Module 8: From the Monastery to the Marketplace
Activating the Interspiritual Path (January 4)

The prophetic task is urgent, and we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We must not abdicate our power or postpone our responsibility to repair the broken world. True contemplatives do not gaze serenely from behind a veil of detachment. A distinguishing mark of the adept on the path is that the protective covering around the ego has slipped or been stripped away. She recognizes her interconnectedness with all beings and cannot help but respond to the cries of the world.

In this module, you’ll:

Identify your particular prophetic task

Study the core teachings from Judaism, Christianity and Islam that urge us toward compassionate action

Cultivate a Sabbath practice

Practice self-care to balance your commitment to being of service

The Mystical Heart Bonus Collection

In addition to Mirabai’s transformative 8-week live online training, you’ll receive these powerful program sessions with some of the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to complement what you’ll discover in the course — and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

Dialogues in Spiritual Diversity
Collection of Audio Dialogues With Mirabai Starr and Guests

These two special audio collections include conversations with Mirabai hosting two guests from across spiritual and cultural traditions. They are wonderful illustrations of the unity in diversity Mirabai teaches, not to mention a glimpse into the beautiful relationships forming in the interspiritual community.Interfaith Dialogue at Its Best
Jamal Rahman & Rami Shapiro (Muslim Imam and Jewish Rabbi)
Matthew Wright & Sean Murphy (Episcopal Priest and Zen Teacher)
Sacred Activism Dialogues
Mona Haydar & Chris Grosso (Muslim Activist-poet and “Indie-Spiritualist”)
Ellen Grace O’Brien & Adam Bucko (Hindu Yogacharya and Interspiritual Sacred Activist)

Ethical Monotheism & the Power of Turning Within
Video From Mirabai Starr

Mirabai shares from her intimate relationship with Teresa of Avila in this video, drawing from Jewish and Muslim teachings to reassure that we are fully equipped to walk the mystical path of our own interior castle.

Personal Suffering & Longing for God
Video From Mirabai Starr

Mirabai’s expertise in St. John of the Cross’s Dark Night of the Soul is solidly framed by her personal experiences of loss, yet she’s careful to differentiate between the two. While tremendous grief and suffering don’t necessarily provide an automatic deepening of spiritual awareness, the burning away of life’s trivial matters can certainly create an environment for that deepening to occur.

Author

Author of critically acclaimed new translations of the Spanish mystics and reflections on the unifying teachings at the heart of all spiritual paths, Mirabai Starr uses fresh, lyrical language to help make timeless wisdom accessible to a contemporary circle of seekers. Her books include The Showings: Julian of Norwich,Passionate Mystic: Teresa of Avila and GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the winner of the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.

Daughter of the counter-culture, Mirabai was born in New York in 1961 to secular Jewish parents who rejected the patriarchy of institutionalized religion. Intellectual artists and social justice activists, they were active in the anti-war protest movement of the Vietnam era.

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