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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mahler # 2 (poem by Dorothy) 

Mahler #2

god knows, I have tried.
I swore that this time
I would not surrender,
let each note and reverberation
possess me,
enter and make my body
a sounding board,
by sound.

What is this strange capacity
of resonance
to conquer
and transform?
To make of me
a sensuous echoing
of bliss,
a figure transfigured,
self absorbed and
into that which it
is not,
inhabited by another reality,
forgotten self reborn?

I am the princess
taken and won,
the prince claimimg
the prize,
the lonely soul
into Eden,
lost spirit
home once again.

Dorothy Walters
March 31, 2019






Saturday, March 30, 2019

Tamil Hymn––The Very Love 

Tamil Hymn––The Very Love

The Lord of Appati
whose spouse shares half his form,
is manifest
as the chants of the Veda,
as the meaning of the chant,
as the friend of those who sing melodious songs,
the god with the eye on his forehead
is the very love that those who love him feel.

(Note: Shiva is sometimes depicted as half male, half female, and even "everything in between.")

Image from internet.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Annie Dillard––In any Instant 

Annie Dillard

"In any instant, the Sacred may touch you. In any instant, the burning bush may flare, your feet may rise, or you may see a bunch of souls in tree."      
                                          Annie Dillard

To my mind, if Annie Dillard had written nothing but this sentence, she would have found her place
as one of the most brilliant writers of our time.  Her life follows a fascinating trajectory from the  distanced scientific scrutiny of the fight for survival amongst the inhabitants of Pilgrim Creek (copperheads, frogs, bugs and other curious critters) all the way to the epiphanies captured in such moments as revealed above.  In her later years her idols were Teihard de Chardin (the Omega Point, where God and human meet) and Baal Shen Tov, the founder of Hasidism.

She does not write about contemporary issues.  Rather she focuses (in these later works) with laser precision on the eternal issues, the moments of glorious revelation, the things that endure always, as if humans and their mundane struggles did not exist.

Here books are manuals for spiritual pilgrims and aspiring authors.  Her sentences are like radiant jewels suddenly rising from the muck of much contemporary writing.  They deserve to be pondered, studied, memorized, seared into the folds of the brain.  She is one in a million, not as worn metaphor but as undeniable fact.   In her later works she dwells where time meets eternity and leaves the passing throng to its own feckless pursuits.  She and God are close buddies and enjoy a shared perspective, as if she is cradled in the palm of the Almighty and sees the world from this vantage point.

I once saw her onstage many years ago in San Francisco.  The experience was one of shock.  Her appearance was that of a typical New England matron, perhaps a stereotyped faculty wife outfitted for an academic tea.  She seemed to lack physical balance, and constantly reeled from one side of the stage to the other.  She continually jerked her glasses on and off, as though she were unnerved by her public appearance.  The Annie of Pilgrim's Creek, clad (in my imagination) in a flannel shirt and jeans, was nowhere to be seen.  And the saintlike being of later years, the pale nun or ecstatic devotee, likewise made no appearance.  Once again I was reminded that there is a great distinction between the author and her projected image, the creator and the creation, and that it is the work itself that should remain our focus and the occasion of our admiration and gratitude.

For a fascinating article on Annie Dillard's life and creative output, see this article:

"Where Have You Gone, Annie Dillard?
Why the author has become so much less prolific over the past 17 years"


Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Institute for Mystical Experience Research and Education www.imere.org/ Highly recommended 

The Institute for Mystical Experience Research and Education

I have just discovered an exciting internet site dedicated to Mystical Experiences of various people, some well known, some less familiar.  I highly recommend this site, for we learn from these various accounts that mystical experiences have existed in different forms for millennia, and that they continue among us now across the world.  I feel that such experiences share a common source in Kundalini itself, though often it is described in different terms.  Reading such descriptions help us to realize that our own such profound numinous states are related in nature to those of others, past and present, and so we have a broader context with which to interpret them.

Here are some of the accounts offered here:

Mystical Experience of Abraham Abulafia

Mystical Experience of Mata Amritanandamayi

Mystical Experience of Saint Teresa of Ávila

Mystical Experience of Saint Rabia Basri

Mystical Experience of Jacob Boehme

Mystical Experience of Paul Brunton

Mystical Experience of Martin Buber

Mystical Experience of Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D.

Mystical Experience of Sophy Burnham

Mystical Experience of Moyra Caldecott

Mystical Experience of Nancy Clark

Mystical Experience of Emily Dickinson

Mystical Experience of Meister Eckhart

Mystical Experience of Barbara Ehrenreich

Mystical Experience of Black Elk

Mystical Experience of Saint Angela of Foligno

Mystical Experience of Genevieve W. Foster

Mystical Experience of Gangaji

Mystical Experience of Saint Catherine of Genoa

Mystical Experience of Jane Goodall, Ph.D.

Mystical Experience of Madam Guyon

Mystical Experience of Hadewijch

Mystical Experience of Hafez

Mystical Experience of Jacquetta Hawkes

Mystical Experience of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Mystical Experience of Wumen Huikai

Mystical Experience of Omar Khayyám

Mystical Experience of Deepa Kodikal

Mystical Experience of Arthur Koestler

Mystical Experience of Gopi Krishna

Mystical Experience of Baba Kuhi

Mystical Experience of Jarena Lee

Mystical Experience of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Mystical Experience of Claire Boothe Luce

Mystical Experience of A.H.M.

Mystical Experience of Mechthild of Magdeburg

Mystical Experience of Akka Mahadevi

Mystical Experience of Franklin Merrell-Wolff

Mystical Experience of Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., Ph.D.

Mystical Experience of Muz Murray

Mystical Experience of Vladimir Nabokov

Mystical Experience of Julian of Norwich

Mystical Experience of Claire Myers Owens

Mystical Experience of Jordan Paper, Ph.D.

Mystical Experience of Blaise Pascal

Mystical Experience of Peace Pilgrim

Mystical Experience of Plotinus

Mystical Experience of Ramakrishna

Mystical Experience of Bernadette Roberts

Mystical Experience of Romain Rolland

Mystical Experience of Wendy Rose-Neill

Mystical Experience of Rumi

Mystical Experience of Jianzhi Sengcan

Mystical Experience of Mahmud Shabistari

Mystical Experience of ShantiMayi

Mystical Experience of Douglas W. Shrader, Ph.D.

Mystical Experience of Ryushu Shutaku

Mystical Experience of Saint Catherine of Siena

Mystical Experience of Irina Starr

Mystical Experience of J.A. Symonds

Mystical Experience of Alfred Tennyson

Mystical Experience of Crashing Thunder

Mystical Experience of Howard Thurman

Mystical Experience of Katherine Trevelyan

Mystical Experience of Yeshe Tsogyel

Mystical Experience of Evelyn Underhill

Mystical Experience of Walt Whitman

Mystical Experience of Zhou Xuanjing

Mystical Experience of Paramahansa Yogananda

Mystical Experience of Zhuangzi

Did you have an experience similar to one or more of the accounts described above? Please Share Your Experience Today! It’s safe, secure, and anonymous (if you prefer).
Interested in reading additional Mystical Experience Examples? Please visit our section on Mystical Experience Accounts Submitted to IMERE.org.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Shiva is in all Things 

Shiva is in all Things

The Lord of Appati
is both inside and outside,
form and no-form.
He is both the flood and the bank,
he is the broad-rayed sun.
Himself the highest mystery,
he is in all hidden thoughts.
He is thought and meaning,
and embraces all who embrace him.

(from Poems to Shiva :The Hymns of the Tamil Saints––Indira V. Peterson––Princeton Legacy Library)

This poem gives expression to a notion that appears in many traditions and under many
names: God is everywhere and is both seen and unseen, hidden and yet known, manifest and potential, immanent and transcendent, boundless and contained.

(image from internet)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Marianne Williamson 

Marianne may not make it to president, but her platform needs to be heard 

Marianne Williamson

Spirituality is not religion; it is simply the path of the heart. And it has everything to do with politics because the problem with our politics is that it’s heartless.

It is driven by data, disconnected from wisdom, and dedicated not one iota to love. That which is disconnected from the heart is a generator of chaos, and the spiritual path is the journey we take from chaos back to peace.

Neglecting millions of children in our inner cities to chronic trauma from which they cannot escape, is heartless.

Systematically driving a nation’s wealth into the hands of the very few at the expense of the very many, is heartless.

Focusing our resources on preparing for war while diminishing our commitments to waging peace, is heartless.

Until we heal these problems on the level of the heart, we will not achieve the moral force necessary to fundamentally solve them.

That is why I am running for President: to articulate the actual level of the problem, so we can achieve solutions that aren’t merely superficial.

We must do more than water the leaves of our democracy: we must water the roots. Those roots are in our hearts, where we are called generation after generation to dedicate our lives to the furtherance of a greater good.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Our Little Boat 

Our Little Boat

I think it is time to know
that we are approaching
a moment of truth.

The current,
ever swifter,
is carrying our little boat
to the edge of the cliff
and soon we willplunge over
into the whirlpool of awakening
raging below.

Then we will witness
the dissolution of
We will no longer
be visible.
We will vanish
into vastness
where only the purified spirit
can survive.

Dorothy Walters
February 23, 2019

(image from internet)

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Resonance Women's Chorus in Boulder 

Resonance Women's Chorus
April 6, 7, and 13

The Light on the Land

Saturday, April 6, 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 7, 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 13, 5:00 pm

First United Methodist Church,
1421 Spruce St., Boulder

See resonancechorus.org
for full information
and parking details

Boulder Body Wear
95th and Arapahoe
(no service charge; cash/checks only at BBW)

$20 general admission; $15 seniors/students

Resonance Women's Chorus' spring concert, The Light on the Land, is an immersion in the nourishing beauty of the natural world.

"You rise every morning
wondering what in the world will the world bring today?
Will it bring you joy or will it take it away?
And every step you take is guided by
the love of the light on the land
and the blackbird's cry.
You will walk in good company."
--Jane Siberry, The Valley

This concert has been inspired by the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book, Braiding Sweetgrass. She offers an inspiring framing of the relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world as founded in gift exchange and reciprocity. We also ground this concert in the poetry of Mary Oliver: "...Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting - over and over announcing your place in the family of things."

The program includes music by brilliant contemporary choral composers including Craig Hella Johnson, Joan Szymko, Jake Runestad, David Brunner, and Ola Gjeilo, as well as singer-songwriters Jane Siberry and Susan Crowe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more, with settings of poetry and text by Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Wendell Berry, Carl Sandburg, Susan B. Anthony, and Dorothy Walters.

Resonance Women's Chorus is a 125-voice women's community chorus singing contemporary choral music with an emphasis on messages of social awareness. Resonance is directed by Sue Coffee and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

(I am honored to have one of my poems as set to music by Craig Hella Johnson as part of the program.)

Friday, March 22, 2019

Children's March in Bergen, Norway 

Here is a children's march from Bergen, Norway, yesterday.  They are demonstrating to save our planet, the one that will be their home in future.  If this does not break your heart, I don't know what will.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

How to Dress for God 

How to Dress for God

If you think you are going
to heaven
in your fancy car
or your private jet,
forget it.

Even your GPS
will not take you
to the place you are seeking.

The road to the other world
is paved with rocks
and rubble.

Those who arrive there
come with broken knees
and tears on their cheeks.

The are not wearing
linen suits
and designer dresses.

They are clad in flannel
and plain woolen trousers.
They may be wearing
worn out shoes.

Yet they are the ones
for whom the portals swing open
as the angel smiles on them
and bids them welcome.

Dorothy Walters
February 23, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Andrew Harvey––Free Session 

from Shift:

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The Shift Transformation Team

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Sometimes I Long 

Sometimes I Long

Dear One,
sometimes I think
it is too hard,
this impalpable love
we share.

Sometimes I want
to hold you in my arms
in your fleshly form,
to share kisses
and all the rest
that earthly lovers do.

I wish to share memories
of when we knew each other
as children,
the things we did
as we learned together,
the ways of a daring world.

 I know, I know
this can never be
on this plane
with its rigid divisions
of seen and unseen,
spirit and matter.

at times I long,
I long,
and try to remember.

Dorothy Walters
March 18, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Today it has been my birthday all day long (now 91––it's getting serious!)  I am grateful for the many friends who sent greetings and who are my beloved companions, here and elsewhere.

Yeats said: "Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends."

And indeed I am mainly Irish and love to travel in that beautiful land and visit its many sacred centers, where the sweet earth energies rise right up from the ground.

Blessings to all.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Within Deep Caverns––poem by Dorothy  

Within Deep Caverns

Whoever seeks me
must look into the mirror
of their own soul.

Somewhere within the deep caverns
of spirit
I will be lurking,
waiting to be found,
to seize them
in close embrace.

Do not let your gaze
Peer relentlessly
at the image
called "you"
until you perceive
its true outlines.

Dorothy Walters
February 23, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. John of the Cross––The Dark Night of the Soul 

St. John of the Cross––The Dark Night of the Soul

Dark Night

By John of the Cross
(1542 - 1591)

English version by Ivan M. Granger

(Songs of the soul delighted at having reached the high state of perfection, the union with God, by way of spiritual negation.)

On a darkened night,
Anxious, by love inflamed,
-- O happy chance! --
Unnoticed, I took flight,
My house at last at peace and quiet.

Safe, disguised by the night,
By the secret ladder I took flight,
-- O happy chance! --
Cloaked by darkness, I scaled the height,
My house at last at peace and quiet.

On that blessed night,
In secret, and seen by none,
None in sight,
I saw with no other guide or light,
But the one burning in my heart bright.

This guide, this light,
Brighter than the midday sun,
Led me to the waiting One
I knew so well -- my delight!
To a place with none in sight.

O night! O guide!
O night more loving than the dawn!
O night that joined
The lover with the Beloved;
Transformed, the lover into the Beloved drawn!

Upon my flowered breast,
For him alone kept fair,
There he slept,
There I caressed,
There the cedars gave us air.

I drank the turret's cool air,
Spreading playfully his hair.
And his hand, so serene,
Cut my throat. Drained
Of senses, I dropped unaware.

Lost to myself and yet remaining,
Inclined so only the Beloved I spy.
All has ceased, all rests,
Even my cares, even I;
Lost among the lilies, there I die.

Real Thirst: Poetry of the Spiritual Journey by Ivan M. Granger

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Marrow of Flame
Poems of the Spiritual Journey
by Dorothy Walters

"This re-issue of Dorothy Walters's mystical masterpiece is a great literary and spiritual event." -Andrew Harvey

Hi Dorothy -

I woke up this morning thinking about the great Spanish mystic, John of the Cross.

This poem is one of my favorites. It has a giddy sense of escape, a secret lover's tryst, yet it haunts us with its images of darkness and death. Let's contemplate a few of these themes...

Although mystics often experience the Divine as a radiant, all permeating light, sometimes God is described in terms of night or darkness.

On a darkened night...

Night is the great Mystery, the unknown. Darkness is the place of secrets. It is the time of sleep, rest, peace. We drop all of our activities and turn inward.

Because nighttime is associated with sleep and, by analogy, death, it can also represent the time when the ego sleeps and most easily can "die" or fade away. The ego is less in charge at night, less demanding that its every desire be instantly met. The busy mind is less active, more likely to be at rest.

Night is the time when lovers meet, when the soul meets its Divine Beloved.

Darkness, like God, envelops everything in its embrace. It is in the darkness of night that all things become one, losing their individuality as they disappear into that mystery. Nighttime is the time of nondual awareness, when dichotomies and artificial notions of separation fade.

John of the Cross is particularly known for speaking of "the dark night of the soul." This is not so much a reference to the experience of the Divine as mentioned above, but a preliminary state. Prior to experiences of union, the soul loses its orientation, where worldly distractions seem pointless, but the blissful fulfillment of divine union hasn't yet been experienced. This can be a period of confusion, being "anxious," a period of intense spiritual thirst, and a feeling of blindness that is the equivalent of trying to find one's way in the dark. But that too can be an important stage of the journey that indicates the nearness of the sacred goal, not its distance.

Yet in this "blessed night," John of the Cross discovers light. This is not just any light but an overpowering radiance, "Brighter than the midday sun."

For genuine mystics, light is not a mere concept or metaphor; it is directly experienced. This light is perceived as being a living radiance that permeates everything, everywhere, always. This light is immediately understood to be the true source of all things, the foundation on which the physicality of the material world is built.

The sense of boundaries and separation, long taken for granted by the mind as the fundamental nature of existence, suddenly seems illusory, for this light shines through all people and things. It has no edges, and the light of one is the light of another.

This light is recognized as one's own Self, while simultaneously being the Self of all others. Since this light is you and, at the same time, it radiates within all, the question arises: How can there be separation? conflict? loss?

This is how John proceeds so boldly from the experience of light to union, the sacred marriage, "Transformed, the lover into the Beloved drawn!"

And what about death? Why does he startle us by shifting from the ecstasy of union to death?

And his hand, so serene,
Cut my throat. Drained
Of senses, I dropped unaware.

Without understanding of this imagery, it can sound as if every mystic and saint has some strange death wish.

In deep ecstasy, the sense of individuality, the sense of "I" thins and can completely disappear. Though you may still walk and breathe and talk, there is no "you" performing these actions. The separate identity, the ego, disappears, to be replaced by a vast, borderless sense of Self. Suddenly, who you have always thought yourself to be vanishes and, in its place, stands a radiant being whose boundaries are no longer perceived in terms of flesh or space.

And why does he become "unaware" in this state? This profound sense of union, while being a state of supreme awareness, is sometimes ironically compared with blindness or non-awareness. The reason is that the mind has become so completely still that it no longer projects a conceptual overlay upon reality. A person is no longer seen as a person, a table is no longer seen as a table. Surfaces and categories -- the foundation of mundane perception -- become ephemeral, dreamlike, insubstantial. One stops witnessing the surface level of reality in the common sense, and this can be compared to blindness or non-awareness. Yet everything shines! Everything is perceived as a radiance with a living interpenetrating light. And the same light shines in everything.

This is why many mystics assert they no longer see the world and, instead, only see God. It is not that they bump into furniture when they walk across a room; perception on the mundane level doesn't stop (except in the most ecstatic states), but surfaces take on a thin or unreal quality; it only occupies a minimal level of the awareness. It is as if the world everyone always assumes to be the real world that populates normal awareness, the visible world, is actually a world of shadow, but underlying that is an unseen world of brilliance and indescribably beauty.

This is how one becomes "unaware" while being supremely aware.

Lost to myself and yet remaining,
Inclined so only the Beloved I spy.

It is this experience, this complete shedding of the limited ego and the transcendence of mundane awareness, that is the death so eagerly sought by mystics throughout time.

All has ceased, all rests,
Even my cares, even I;
Lost among the lilies, there I die.

John of the Cross was born Juan de Ypes in a village near Avila, Spain. His father died when he was young, and he was raised in poverty with his two brothers by his widowed mother.

In his early 20s, John entered the Carmelite order and moved to Salamanca to further his studies. Among his other teachers was the well-known mystic and poet Fray Luis de Leon.

Still in his 20s, the young John of the Cross first met the woman who would become his mentor, Teresa of Avila, who was in her 50s at the time. Teresa of Avila was a mystic, a writer, a social activist, and a founder of several monasteries. She had begun a reform movement within the Carmelite Order, advocating a return to simplicity and the essential spirituality that should be at the heart of any monastic order. John of the Cross joined her movement of Discalced Carmelites and quickly became a leading figure himself.

Members of the unreformed Carmelites felt threatened by the critique from this new movement, and they turned to force, imprisoning and even torturing John of the Cross. He was held in a tiny cell in Toledo for nine months, until he escaped.

As terrible as this experience must have been, it was during his time of imprisonment that John's spirituality and poetry began to blossom. The experience of losing everything, of being supremely vulnerable, seems to have brought John of the Cross to a profound state of openness and spiritual insight.

It was during his imprisonment that John began to write poetry.

Once he escaped from prison, John continued his work with Teresa of Avila, founding new monasteries and advocating for their spiritual reforms. He spent the rest of his life as a spiritual director among the Discalced Carmelites.

His two best known works, the Spiritual Canticle and Dark Night of the Soul, are considered masterpieces of Spanish poetry and esoteric Christianity. Besides these, he wrote many other short poems, along with extensive commentaries on the meaning of his poetry as they relate to the soul's experience of divine reality.

Have a beautiful day, and an adventurous night!


Thursday, March 14, 2019



I am the seeker,
the finder,
the one who has turned to gold,

I live where
blossoms of spirit
in the nooks and crannies
of the soul.

I have many bodies
and many names.

I am the slow dancer
and listen to music
that others do not hear.

Many seek me
and do not find.

I am you.

Dorothy Walters
March 14, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Heretic 

The Heretic

This is a man
who died for God.
I do not know
the manner of his death.
Was he hanged
for telling the truth?
Was he set ablaze
for dancing in the
town plaza?

The others
did not want him
to be free.
He was not like them.
He did not fit into the pattern
they had chosen for themselves, as had
their fathers before them.

After he died
he floated
on the sea of bliss,
a lonely sailboat
drifting into the harbor
of eternal blessings.
The harbor's name
was Peace.

Dorothy Walters
February 23, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Names They Give It 

The Names They Give It

Some call It Father,
Some call It Mother.
Some speak of the Friend
or even the Beloved.

I think of It as the Mystery:
the unutterable, undefinable,

Love is what you are seeking.
Let every thought and prayer
be drenched in Love.
Love is the substance
of which you are made
and of which the universe is constructed.
Allow your spirit
to be assailed by Love.

Dorothy Walters
February 20, 2019

(image by Gisele Haralson)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Alchemists 

The Alchemists

"Turn me into gold."

They knew the hidden ways
of turning base substance
into gold.

With their alembics
and furnaces,
their formulas and incantations,
they refined the dross away
and sought only
the pure essence of
a new and precious element.

No one must know
their true purpose,
to transmute the lacking human
into the purified spirit
of  the  ultimate self.

And so they worked
in secret,
away from the prying eyes
of a threatening authority.

Their goal was much like
ours today––to reconfigure
our base human selves
into something more  nearly perfect,
a being more like God.

Dorothy Walters
February 17, 2019

Saturday, March 09, 2019

For Kabir 

For Kabir

Struggling, declaiming,
wrangling over who
is right.

The world is captured
in a net of illusion.

Break through the nets.
Cut the ropes that bind you.
Free yourself
into All That Is.

Only then will you truly
turn to gold.

Dorothy Walters
February, 2019

Friday, March 08, 2019

The Transfiguration 

The Transfiguration

First they pounded me,
then they kneaded me,
until I became
a new being.

Now I knew beyond
what I had known before.
I moved a different way,
spoke a different language,
one they did not understand.

The terrible, the beautiful,
both were mine to see.
Visions peopled my mind,
strange music followed me
wherever I went.

Now I lived among strangers
who wore the faces
of those I had loved before
but somehow
were not the same.

I kept my secret
locked within.
Who I was now
I did not reveal
or even know.

Dorothy Walters
February 16, 2019

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Andrew Harvey––free virtual event on Dark Night of the Soul 

Note:  I am finally back after hospital for four days, then rehab for 3 weeks.  I had a "compression fracture" that they did procedure on, by putting cement in the fracture. I am now much better, but still slowly improving.Good to be home!  Cause: aging of lower vertebra.

Surviving the Dark Night of the Soul
A Free Virtual Event With Andrew Harvey
Renowned Mystic Teacher

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern
(click here to find your local time)


Gain powerful medicine for the soul that you can apply in any dark journey, especially when you’ve exhausted all other means of spiritual sustenance.
Receive crucial sacred practices and insights into the journey of releasing limiting ideas, identities, and patterns — to make space for the birth of a ‘new you.’

The dark night of the soul is the greatest ordeal — and mystery — of the authentic mystical path...

Throughout history, mystics, saints, and sages, including Rumi and Kabir, have passionately written about this most difficult human journey, first named by St. John of the Cross...

It’s a time of trial in which false ideals are shed — an initiation that can be quite painful and devastating.

It often happens AFTER a spiritual awakening and BEFORE one has become illuminated enough to embody a more evolved Self.

It can be precipitated by a death, divorce, loss of a job or home, world crisis, or profound existential questioning.

Before you experience a dark night of the soul, you may be prone to unrealistic and overly rosy views of the spiritual path, gravitating towards and enamored with love and light alone.

Yet, when you open to the darkness, something new is forged within you... a sacred identity. Emerging from the dark night, you acknowledge and face life’s hardships but are also able to see them — along with everything else — as a radiant expression of the Divine. You become more fully grounded on the Earth and more luminous, filled with higher wisdom and light.

This time in the wilderness — bereft, grieving, confused, or lost — is precisely what helps you lose your layers of falsity so you can birth the gold of an awakened life.

In short, experiencing a dark night of the soul is what frees you to fully become the YOU you were born to be.

In this profound 60-minute call with mystic teacher Andrew Harvey, you’ll gain key insights and practices to help you navigate the dark night of the soul. You’ll:
Understand the key stages of the dark night of the soul and how to approach each of them in helpful ways
Receive a practice from the Christian mystical tradition that allows you to polish the mirror of your heart for cultivating greater compassion
Discover how to embrace what’s happening when the joy and juice of your spiritual practices and mystic experiences have deserted you
Learn the practice of the Divine Name, which allows you to anchor yourself in a presence that is beyond all forms
Discover what to do with the natural resistance that your ego and identity have to the annihilation that the dark night of the soul ultimately requires
Understand why a 3-prayer practice is so essential at this time, particularly as the emotional tumult makes meditation more difficult
Discover how to lay the groundwork for your own rebirth — and take heart from understanding the beauty that awaits you on the other side
Andrew Harvey teaches us that if you don’t experience the dark night of the soul, you cannot evolve... you won't be able to rebirth yourself as a more Divine Human and your most authentic version of your Self…

... just as without the crucifixion, there can be no resurrection.

By passing through the terrible AND amazing ordeals that open you to both the darkness and the light, you can learn to focus your soul on the Divine. You can let go of the partial truths or consoling illusions that may be causing you to tread too lightly on the path.

Collectively, we are clearly passing through a dark night of the soul as a species, which means that those of us who are more sensitive, empathetic, or awake are far more likely to feel this darkness on a personal level. Unless we face it, we'll be unable to offer our greatest service.

There is perhaps no teacher in the world who knows more about how to navigate the dark night of the soul than Andrew. He’s not only one of the world’s foremost mystics, he's been brought to his knees by life’s difficulties multiple times... only to be reborn with greater strength, humility, and a profound commitment to service.

During this complimentary hour, Andrew will offer you powerful medicine you can apply when you feel lost and abandoned in the dark alleyways of your journey, as well as practices that can guide you to a safe harbor when you’ve exhausted all other means of spiritual sustenance.

You’ll also hear about the opportunity to be guided more deeply through this journey in a brand-new program especially for those who are navigating a dark night period, or wishing to understand how to help others, personally or collectively, as they undergo this painful, but ultimately redemptive and liberating process.

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Join this FREE virtual event with Andrew Harvey and receive crucial sacred practices and insights into the journey of releasing limiting ideas, identities, and patterns — to make space for the birth of a “new you.”

Free Virtual Event
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern
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What People Are Saying About Andrew Harvey...

“The light he sheds is like a meteor burst...”
Every age has its teachers who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. And when a generation is very, very lucky, it encounters a teacher so illumined that the words he delivers must be illumined as well. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.
— Marianne Williamson, Author of Everyday Grace

“Redirecting the compass of our contemporary culture”
Andrew is a genius and an inspired visionary who has the ability to interpret the meaning and significance of the chaos and patterns of change that are redirecting the compass of our contemporary culture.
— Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spiritand Sacred Contracts

“Andrew gives us a clarion call to go beyond admiration to activation...”
When the heart explodes in conscious oneness with the Beloved, what remains is a burning desire to be a servant to the One that enlivens all sentient beings, every speck of space. Andrew gives us a clarion call to go beyond admiration to activation of that same capacity within our own hearts that we, too, may become a beneficial presence on the planet.
— Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, Author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center

“A powerful, provocative, prophetic appeal to sanity...”
Using humor, passion, and analysis, Andrew Harvey challenges us to wake up and get up off of our couches to become the spiritual activists we all can be. A powerful, provocative, prophetic appeal to sanity and activism for our apocalyptic times.
— Reverend Matthew Fox, Author of Creation Spiritualityand founder of Wisdom University

“It just might save our skins”
[Andrew] Harvey’s sacred activism is a corrective to the doomsayers and do-nothings who are part of our problems. He is a modern version of a fiery, Old Testament prophet whose words were ignored at great peril. We must attend to Andrew Harvey’s message. Not only will it help us humans regain our sanity, it just might save our skins.
— Larry Dossey, MD, Author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

About Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker, and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary, The Making of a Modern Mystic, and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity.

He is co-author of the bestselling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer Banafsheh Sayyad in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi-inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of divine love. He has written or edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

Sign Up Now
Join this FREE virtual event with Andrew Harvey and receive crucial sacred practices and insights into the journey of releasing limiting ideas, identities, and patterns — to make space for the birth of a “new you.”

Free Virtual Event
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern
Your information is safe with us! We’ll never share or sell it, and will use it to send you notifications about this program and other related information from The Shift Network. Each email we send contains an unsubscribe link for your convenience.
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