Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
Be careful: the words of the mystics have been known to change peoples’ lives.
In every generation, those who enter deeply into the mystery of life are known as mystics, great wisdom-keepers who help us along the way. They celebrate union with God and manifest love and compassion in action. Their writings give us inspiring poetry, visionary wisdom, prophetic insight, and guidance for bringing justice and mercy more fully into our world.
This e-course explores the life and teachings of some of the great mystics of the Christian tradition, revealing how their ancient — and sometimes recent — wisdom can inspire and transform our lives today. Each of the twelve emails will introduce you to a mystical teaching and invite you to savor its wisdom in the ordinary rhythms of your daily life.
You will meet both classical and contemporary mystics such as:
- Hildegard of Bingen
- Julian of Norwich
- Teresa of Avila
- Meister Eckhart
- Howard Thurman
- Aelred of Rievaulx
- Evelyn Underhill
- Dorothee Soelle
and several others. Over the course of our journey together we will consider the relationship between contemplation and action, the earth and the body as sacraments of Divine Presence, the breath as our guide to deep meditation, personal touchstones, mantra prayer, the sorrowful mother, soul friends, the code of chivalry, healing the sacred wound, the mysticism of resistance, and more.