“Souls who love God, a Sufi sheikh said a thousand years ago, ‘know one another by smell, like horses. Though one be in the East and the other in the West, they still feel joy and comfort in each other’s talk, and one who lives in a later generation than the other is instructed and consoled by the words of his friend.'” Stephen Mitchell, Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation
“A knight-errant of the spirit, Miguel de Unamuno calls the Spanish mystics, starts for his adventures after having, like Hernán Cortés, burnt his ships.”Salvador de Madariaga
Kairos Center for Change is pleased to announce the Mystic Heart Series engaging women in a spiritual quest to open themselves to the unknowable with the healing containers found in wisdom texts, poetry, music, film, prose, mythology, and psychology. They sojourn with us through the labyrinth of our souls toward the still point. We contemplatively engage literary text and art in community while spaciously listening for the questions and images rising from the instincts. Slowly, whatever has been calcified, alienated, hidden, or lost in our adaptation to the busy post-modern world is reanimated. Whether you are a novice or experienced quester, there are no experts, only beginner’s mind, traversing as a pilgrim. Expertise, accomplishment, and mastery are obstacles or illusions of the mind thwarting progress, inhibiting growth. You must witness for yourself the original language of your personal and unique soul arriving as you continuously seek the burning point within and follow your becoming.
Grab your tea and maybe a tissue or two as we explore together and birth deep listening sacred responses. Between sessions, you are raising the vibration of the intention that brought you here.
The series began on December 11, 2021 with the following second Saturday of every month at 8 am for 90 minutes. If, at any point you discern that this is not right for you, you are of course, not obligated to continue. You are encouraged to be in continuous discernment.
The following texts are part of this series:
- Sitting by the Well by Marion Woodman (December 2021)
- Dangerous Old Woman by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes. (January 2022)
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Suzuki (February 2022)
- Human Condition by Thomas Keating (March 2022)
- Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (April 2022)
- Why Good People Do Bad Things by James Hollis (May 2022)
- Bhagavad-Gita, New Translation by Stephen Mitchell (July 2022)
- This is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared by Rabbi Alan Lew September 2022)
Women who completed an intensive self-study will be joining us at times, returning to these works for more insight.
Wednesday nights we engage the Pirke Avot, translation by Rabbi Rami Shapiro. Each morning we engage the Psalms for children and mother’s crying out for justice.