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An 8-week Course
Featuring Interspiritual Teacher and Mystic-Scholar
Mirabai Starr
New Live Training Starts
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Access the essential wisdom teachings and heart-opening practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to experience
deeper wisdom, ecstatic devotion and transformative love.

Are you eager to receive — and share — the profound wisdom and love at the heart of our world’s spiritual traditions?

Are you more interested in embracing the varied teachings of the great mystics than in arguing about whose belief is right and whose is wrong?

Then it’s time to access the deeper teachings of three of our world’s profound faiths.

In these times of strife and misunderstanding between the Children of Abraham, it’s vital that we rediscover the essential unity in the teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Exploring, understanding and accessing this unity not only promotes peace and justice in the world; it also re-awakens a wholeness in your spiritual practice because each wisdom stream offers essential and complementary teachings that, together, create a fuller picture of how to live a sacred life.

At the center of all three traditions is the mystical heart — the portal to the Infinite and to everlasting love. The heart provides the nectar of our spiritual life. It feeds the deepest hungers of our soul to incarnate more of the divine love, grace and beauty that is our birthright.

The truth is that the mystics of our major faiths agree in profound ways about the sacred truths and the practices that can connect us with our divine humanity. By viewing them as partners, instead of rivals, they can be mutually supportive in the transformation of your consciousness and our world.

In The Mystical Heart course, you’ll have the opportunity to discover each of the Abrahamic faiths with fresh eyes and discover sacred practices that will help you deepen your spiritual path no matter your beliefs.

You’ll see how the traditions have at their core a relationship with God as the Beloved — a heart-opening connection that calls for surrender to the Divine in all its forms.

You’ll discover how to walk the path of “ecstatic duality,” which is the practice ground for living in an exalted spiritual state while also engaging in your ultimate form of service in the world. And, all the while, your embrace of these three traditions will promote the social justice we are so in need of.

You’ll follow the streams of mystical longing and social justice in deep experiential ways — through readings from the ecstatic poetry of the mystics, investigating sacred texts of the world’s great religions, sitting in contemplative silence, chanting the names of God in an array of languages, and engaging in deep dialog through conversation and writing.

Most of all, you’ll open your own mystical heart, helping to dissolve the disputes over belief, religious strife, and historical wounds. You’ll begin to see the teachings of Jesus, Mohammed, and the great Jewish mystics as all pointing the way to a new humanity.

By discovering these unifying teachings and experiencing their heart-opening practices, you’ll go beyond an intellectual understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths to feel the transformative love that is at their common core.

Becoming an Interspiritual Mystic

In our post-modern age, many of us have become spiritual cross-trainers, discovering deep, potent practices from different traditions that feel resonant, powerful and alive.

At the leading edge of this so-called “interspiritual movement,” exciting explorations are underway that bring together ancient truths about mysticism, awakening and living in a sacred way.

Interspiritual mystics are drawing from many faiths and teaching about our essential Oneness with life and the Divine itself.

In The Mystical Heart one of the foremost interspiritual mystic-scholars, Mirabai Starr, will guide you into this emerging spiritual orientation, one that says you do not have to “choose sides” or only listen to teachers from one tradition but can be open to receiving the blessings, wisdom and transmissions of many lineages.

This opens you wider to grace and ensures you have a deeper connection with all the world’s spiritual traditions.

This orientation changes everything, inviting you into a powerful new relationship with life in which you see everything with the eyes of reverence, and engage in a sacred dance with all that is.

As so many mystics have said, “God IS love,” and when you enter into full communion with God, you experience yourself AS love — without limits or conditions.

The Importance of a Divine Guide

Your teacher and guide for this “mystical love immersion” is Mirabai Starr, one of the most beloved teachers of the emerging global spirituality.

Mirabai has written many acclaimed books on the great mystics, including St. Theresa of Avila, and she has walked a path that includes Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist practices — all woven together in a deeply honoring way. She is one of the most eloquent and passionate voices for the resurgence of the divine feminine in contemporary spirituality.

An “interspiritual” mystic who practices vipassana, observes Shabbat, and honors all spiritual lineages, Mirabai will take you into the heart of a profound healing that the Abrahamic faiths, in particular, need now.

This course is her offering to your heart. It promises a profound shift at the core of your being where your deeper mystical qualities are seen, celebrated and empowered — and you are called into your most sacred forms of service and action in the world.

When you join us for this illuminating course, you’ll:

It’s time to evolve a new kind of wholeness and support the great healing of our times. Connecting with the mystical heart can repair the wounds in our hearts, minds and bodies and, thus, help us to address the world’s suffering as well.

It’s time to live as truly empowered, radically alive and deeply reverential mystics who are here to change the world!

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 divine
  • Build 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.

What Graduates of Mirabai’s Courses Are Saying...

[Mirabai’s] depth shared through her own personal experience combined with her deep knowledge and relationship with the mystics and their teachings she drew from, made for an incredibly rich, dynamic and transformative experience. The community that was created, with Mirabai setting the tone, felt like sharing tea, love and support around a warm fire each week... I highly recommend taking a course with Mirabai Starr through the wonderful and professional forum that the Shift Network provides.
— Robyn, Carbondale, Colorado

I felt such a deeper trust and acceptance of my own divinity through really opening my heart to the glory of me! This has allowed me to go deeper with my own personal connection to the feminine... feel this beautiful accepting mother in my blood pulsing, flowing, receiving and I lay my head into her and weep.
Wendy Langille, New Brunswick, Canada

My attunement to myself is more keen and loving. I am more peaceful and trusting that there is indeed divine intervention in our third world realities. I look forward to any courses Mirabai will teach.
Michelle Jurika, Piedmont, California

The course enriched me very much. It is heartwarming to know the fact that we are all called to union with the Divine no matter what our faith tradition is. We are just one. This is a celebration of unity among us.
— Maria Eulalia Banawis, Quezon City, Philippines

Breathtaking! (read awestruck). I am here to Be – Love – Belong in service and heal our world... even if that service morphs into a form I never envisioned. I feel grounded and incredibly grateful to be part of an inclusive, worldwide interspiritual community.
— Kathleen Gibbons Schuck, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Mirabai provided loving refuge during the weekly calls and throughout the time of the course. I feel that this will continue as her influence will live with me. I am so grateful to her.
Chava Williams, Bonney Lake, Washington

Mirabai Starr has the unique ability to create and hold sacred space for others no matter what aspect of the journey they were on. I leave it feeling blessed to have had such a rich experience of myself and and grateful for having Mirabai as a guide.
— Laura, Ontario, Canada

My attunement to myself is more keen and loving. I am more peaceful and trusting that there is indeed divine intervention in our third world realities. I look forward to any courses Mirabai will teach.
— Michelle Jurika, Piedmont, California

The scholarship of Mirabai Starr coupled with her deep, loving compassion for all made for a quite wonderful experience.
— Lorna, Gold River, California

Mirabai is open, honest, transparent and willing to share deeply from her experience and her heart.
— Patience, Mt. Rainier, Maryland

Mirabai has the soul of a poet, the mind of an intellectual and a voice that opens one’s heart.
— Lisa, New Jersey

Join the Global Community

The Mystical Heart offers some of the most advanced online teachings currently available, in a thriving global community of learning and practice.

Join your fellow students and practitioners from across the world in the live interactive conference calls — or in the custom online community — to support and learn from each other, while you expand your paradigm of reality and open your mind.

This international community is also at the leading edge of a movement committed to manifesting a better world for all beings, rooted in an open heart, it stands for the principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony and reverence for life.

Here’s What You’ll Receive

Eight 90-Minute Class Sessions With Mirabai Starr

Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with mystic-scholar and interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session helps you create the specific skills and abilities to understand the interconnected wisdom at the heart of all religious and spiritual traditions. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.

Eight Audio Recordings of Class Sessions

After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. This way, you’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on your iPod, in your car and at your convenience.

Eight PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions

In addition to the high-quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session. This way you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices.

Eight 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions

With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class where you will be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons. If you’re unable to attend the calls live, the Online Community group allows you to connect with each other to find alternative times to interact.

Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson

After each lesson, you will have the option to do related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.

Online Community

Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your learning after each class. Here, you can ask additional questions, interact with your fellow students and get access to additional resources to take your learning experience to an even deeper level.

The Mystical Heart Bonus Collection

  • Dialogues in Spiritual Diversity
    Video From Mirabai Starr
  • Personal Suffering & Longing for God
    Video From Mirabai Starr

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join in The Mystical Heart Live Virtual Training

We feel honored that Mirabai Starr has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with an internationally renowned mystic-scholar and interspiritual teacher whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken the Divine within us — and our world.

Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll be able to benefit from Mirabai’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — at your own pace!

Among Mirabai’s many gifts are her own interspiritual practices and authentic embodiment of the teachings of the ancient traditions. She lives a life grounded in love and creates a teaching environment in which you will feel truly held in a safe and compassionate container as you experience this profound inner journey.

If you are serious about experiencing the Oneness and deep unconditional love at the core of the great spiritual traditions and opening to a life of wholeness, service and sacred balance, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones — and our world — to take this one-of-a-kind training.

If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

More Praise for Mirabai Starr...

Mirabai is an authentic mystic, a true teacher and a wonderful soul. Anyone who comes to her will find their cup will be filled. I recommend her as a person and as a teacher with great confidence and joy.
— Andrew Harvey, Spiritual Teacher and Mystic Scholar

It is with great pleasure and delight that I endorse the work of Mirabai Starr, who I find to be a soul companion as well as a professional colleague. In addition to being a gifted author, Mirabai is blessed with the capacity to inspire others with her wisdom and understanding of mystical theology. I referred to her translations of Teresa of Avila’s great masterpiece, The Interior Castle, while writing my own book, Entering the Castle, because of the excellence of her work. Mirabai is a rare jewel.”
— Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spiritand Entering the Castle

What makes [Mirabai’s] teaching so powerful is that her vast spiritual knowledge is rooted in the real experience of being human. Her genius lies in the profoundly humble way she opens her life as a guide to ours. In making this connection she shows us the deep and mysterious spiritual truths that hold all our lives together. A truly gifted teacher, she points us at once to and beyond ourselves. She does all of this with a spirit so light that all who share her presence are also lifted. Oh, did I say that she is also a lot of fun?”
— Rev. Bob Thompson, Senior Pastor, Lake Street Church, Evanston, Illinois

I have been present during Mirabai Starr’s classes at the University of New Mexico in Taos, on both Philosophy and the theologies of the major world religions... One would expect from such a background that she has gathered and synthesized a dazzling amount of knowledge, but she also brings understanding, and especially compassionate wisdom. These are Godsent gifts that are simply given to her. Her life experiences of suffering and love pour into the cup of different levels of understanding which she offers so generously as a teacher, lecturer, writer and guest speaker. I am enriched and honored by her friendship.
Fr. William Hart McNichols, Iconographer and Roman Catholic Priest

Mirabai Starr possesses passionate eloquence when speaking about mysticism, making the ineffable tangible and real as eating delicious food that’s good for you.
— Jenny Bird, Singer-songwriter

About Mirabai Starr

Author, translator of the mystics, and leading voice in the emerging Interspiritual Movement, Mirabai Starr uses fresh, lyrical language to help make timeless wisdom accessible to a contemporary circle of seekers. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of Dark Night of the Soul by 16th-Century Spanish mystic, St. John of the Cross, The Interior Castle, The Book of My Life, by St. Teresa of Avila and The Showings of Julian of Norwich. She is author of the six-volume Sounds True series, Contemplations, Prayers and Living Wisdom. Her poetry collection, Mother of God Similar to Fire, is a collaboration with iconographer William Hart McNichols. God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam — winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Religion and named one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2012 by Spirituality & Practice — positions Mirabai at the forefront of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.

Mirabai taught philosophy and religious studies for 20 years at the University of New Mexico-Taos, and now speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on the teachings of the mystics, contemplative practice and grief as a spiritual path. Her talks and retreats incorporate silent meditation, interspiritual chanting, sacred poetry and deep dialogue. She blogs for The Huffington Post.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.

Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers. You can also use Skype to connect to MaestroConference at no charge, and we offer a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.

I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA

Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.

Q: Can you tell me about the Private Course Group?
A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects and growth throughout the Course.

Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.

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