Become more grounded, passionate and compassionate in the defense of life against the forces that now so obviously menace it.
CMED is thrilled to invite you to join us for a 4-Part Reflections Parallel course with Andrew Harvey.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce our July Reflections Parallel class to you entitled, Beyond Patriarchy: Recovering the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine and Why it Matters Today. This magnificent course will be taught by the renowned writer, mystic, and global teacher, Matthew Fox.
Before sharing the theme and write up of this course, I wanted to do a personal introduction to this class because of who Matt is to me. I was a student of Matt’s in graduate school in the late 1970’s. At that time, he was well on his way to earning his reputation as a renegade and dangerously brilliant Dominican priest who openly challenged some of the core doctrines of the Catholic Church, among them the archaic teaching of ‘original sin.’
Matt authored a book entitled, ‘Original Blessing,’ opposing the idea that any human being was flawed by the act of birth. Matt describes his theme in ‘Original Blessing’ in these stunning words: “In speaking of ‘original blessing,’ it is not solely about us humans but about the 13.8 billion years that brought us here. Since ‘blessing’ is the theological word for goodness, whatever the wild goings on in the universe from the fireball to today, the miracle is that we are here and ‘here’ is so special a place, the earth is such an ‘original blessing’ and the amazing critters we share it with from oranges to orangutans, from elephants to polar bears, rainforest, whales, plants, and all the rest that make our lives a blessing also. Actually, Genesis one, talks about ‘original blessing’ when it makes a mantra of how individual creations are ‘good’ (or the same word can be translated ‘beautiful’) and all together, at the end, with humans on board, it is ‘very good’ and/or ‘very beautiful’.”
Inner spiritual liberation is a very difficult sensation to describe, but listening to Matt, a Dominican priest at that time (he has since become an Episcopal priest) introduce cosmic-sized theological ideas as a student launched my inner world and my spiritual imagination. I would suddenly have this inner realization that it was ‘okay’ to feel that I was no longer Catholic or controlled by the parameters of Catholic dogma. I felt spiritually cosmic, not bound by the teachings of my youth.
Because of Matt’s outrageously controversial teachings on the cosmic design of the Divine, I exploded out of conventional Catholicism and began my exploration into the nature of human consciousness. I have memories of driving home from class so excited that I could not keep my attention on the road. My dreams exploded into cosmic night travels, waking up with wild symbolic images and questions already animated in my mind that I had no memory of asking.
Graduate school was my entrance into mystical consciousness, and I have never looked back. Let me add, I chose to study Theology in graduate school because I knew that I needed to break out of my own thinking patterns. I could sense my own intellectual boundaries and I knew I needed guidance to think ‘bigger.’ I didn’t know why I needed to find my way out of my ‘my own way,’ so to speak, but I knew that if I could not think in ‘whole’ thoughts, I would intellectually limp through my life.
It was Matt who told me years ago that I should read the work of Teresa of Avila, as her teachings on the seven mansions of the soul that she presents so stunningly in, The Interior Castle, would so perfectly align to what I had written in, Anatomy of the Spirit. Other than knowing her name, I was unfamiliar with the writings and teachings of Teresa of Avila at the time Matt made that suggestion, but because he pointed me in that direction, I purchased my first book on the writings of Teresa of Avila.
To say that I am delighted to have Matt present a Reflections Parallel course is a masterpiece of understatement. I am once again exploding with delight, enthusiasm, and respect for the subject matter that he has chosen to share. David and I asked him to teach the topic that he felt most enthusiastic about at this time, and he chose, Beyond Patriarchy.
Just as Matt once launched me into cosmic-sized thinking, I know his teachings on this topic will have the same impact on many – if not most – of you. We do not (in general) use the term ‘patriarchy’ to describe archetypal dynamic that is at play in our collective, but from a mystical and archetypal perspective, the powerful forces of the masculine and feminine archetypes are now blending toward the dynamic of holism. That is, the clear polarity between what is male and what is female is becoming unified in a way that we are experiencing in the expanding views of sexual identities, for example. And from another perspective, this blending of masculine and feminine is also creating enormous controversies, as all stages of evolution always do.
Everyone benefits, however, from gaining a higher – indeed cosmic – perspective on this collective and remarkable human journey of transformation that we are all sharing. And now, I will let Matt’s own words describe the class he is offering in July.
Overview of The Mystical Power of Women
The Dalai Lama said to Andrew Harvey in 1989, “The world will be saved by spiritually empowered women and the men that honor, support and learn from them.” Andrew Harvey’s work has been dedicated to the “Return of the Mother”, the return of the full power of the divine feminine in its fierceness as well as its tenderness, its passion for justice and equality as well as its loving honoring of full life.
This course, “The Mystical Power of Women”, is designed for all women on all paths but also for all men who long to integrate the mystical power of the divine feminine into their own masculine and so become more grounded, passionate and compassionate in the defense of life against the forces that now so obviously menace it. In this course, Andrew Harvey concentrates on the Christian mystical tradition, on a radical revisioning of its two crucial feminine figures, Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, and on two as yet little known but revolutionary mystic women saints, Hadewijch of Antwerp and Elizabeth of the Trinity, who drew their deepest and most empowering inspiration from them. Andrew Harvey hopes that both women and men will find in his presentation of the witness, lives and teachings of these astonishing women the empowerment, courage and wisdom that he continues to do, with gratitude and amazement.
The Mystical Power of Women
Mother Mary: The Jewel of Soft Radical Power
The patriarchal church could not help honoring Mary for obvious reasons, but imprisoned her splendor and power by relentlessly celebrating her as humble, gentle, patient and self effacing.
Andrew Harvey will show that this is a damaging half truth by diving into the full story of Mary’s life and teachings that reveal her as both humble and radical, gentle and fierce in her passion for justice and for social, economic, political revolution in the name, and through the transforming power of, Love.
Mary Magdalene: The Jewel of Passion
The traditional interpretation of Mary Magdalene as a repentant prostitute, which held sway for two millennia, was detonated by the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels in 1945 especially the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Phillip and by the astonishing publication of her own gospel kept hidden by the Cathars, The Gospel of the Beloved Companion, into 2010. These reveal Mary Magdalene as far more than one of Jesus’ loving followers, far more even than what the church has called her, the Apostle of the Apostles. The one person who truly understood Jesus’ mystical teaching, his most beloved companion essential to the true revelation. Andrew Harvey is currently writing a book on Mary Magdalene and will present its essential claims, that Mary Magdalene was in fact Jesus’ wife, that her unique and passionate truth and wisdom instructed Jesus as deeply as Jesus’ wisdom infused her, and that the Grail is not an object but the vision and tradition of Transfiguration that their mutual love birthed and seeded for all of us to be transformed by.
Hadewijch of Antwerp: The Jewel of Nobility
Hadewijch of Antwerp is one of humanity’s greatest and most inspired female mystics. In his new book, Love is Everything: A Year of Hadewijch of Antwerp, Andrew Harvey presents in 365 poems, visions and contemplations her glorious uncompromising voice, silenced for six centuries. Hadewijch was a beguine and lived in the first half of the 13th century in the vibrant spring of the Beguine movement that empowered tens of thousands of spiritual women to live free, sacred lives beyond marital or ecclesiastical control. The church brutally suppressed the movement in the 14th country and Hadewijch’s work was forgotten until the 19th century. The governing vision of Hadewijch was of the soul’s nobility, a nobility forged in suffering, revelation and a relentless brave commitment to sacred service and to telling truth to power, whatever the price and consequences. Andrew Harvey will celebrate this sublime woman and show how her vision of nobility empowers us all in our chaotic and dangerous times.
Elizabeth of the Trinity: The Jewel of Praise
Elizabeth of the Trinity was a Carmelite nun who lived between 1880 and 1906 when her young life was tragically cut short by Addison’s disease. She was canonized by Pope Francis in 2016 which has led to an astonishing spread of her work worldwide. In the last months of her terrible illness she wrote what are being widely recognized as magnificent and original mystical masterpieces. In them she proclaims her own mission and the essential mission of all true mystics as being one of becoming what she calls (drawing on Saint Paul), a “Praise of Glory”. Elizabeth used the extreme suffering visited on her not to howl or complain but to dive so deep into love that she became herself transfigured into a living praise of glory in such a way that she completely transformed the lives of those around her who witnessed this rugged miracle. In his presentation, Andrew Harvey will dive deep into what Elizabeth meant by being a Bride of Christ and what her astounding writings on becoming a Praise of Glory have to teach us all about how to live in sacred power in our agonizing times.
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