What if you could walk the ecstatic path of feminine mystics like Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich and the great Sufi poet Mirabai — and surrender into the arms of grace?
An ecstatic love for the Beloved, or Divine, unifies feminine mystics across multiple wisdom traditions and lineages, and now the bliss and sense of wholeness these remarkable women experienced can nourish your own heart and soul.
Relating to the Divine as a lover is a time-honored spiritual path that many of history’s greatest female mystics have walked with radiant grace. Infused with longing and uplifted by gratitude, this love transforms all relationships.
Like the feminine mystics, you can begin to see the Divine in the eyes of others and relate to them with true devotion.
If you choose to be with a human partner, you can experience ecstasy through touch, gaze and movement. And if not, the touch of wind, sun, and earth on your skin can be like the gentle caress of a lover.
An ecstatic connection with the Beloved is the highest expression of love, both erotic and beyond erotic. It is the loving presence of the universe pouring through you.
While you might think this kind of ecstasy would immobilize you, leaving you unable to manage your busy, modern life, the path of devotion is one of embodied spirituality, in which you see the sacred everywhere, in all things.
St. Teresa of Avila walked this path of balancing both worlds. She was a highly integrated human being who was both ecstatic (flying into raptures with the Beloved) and practical.
Similarly, the Eastern poet-sage Mirabai, offers a template for a female mystic who experienced the upper octaves of delight in her body and mind — a delicious dance with the Beloved, that she chronicled in her ecstatic poetry. But she was also an activist and a prophet who left a life of privilege to live among the poorest of the poor.
Both of these revered women offer clues for the modern feminine mystic who craves this kind of passionate love relationship with the Divine while accessing her inner resources to meet the complexities of life.
In this fascinating call event, one of the foremost scholars of feminine mysticism, Mirabai Starr (named for the beloved poet-saint of India), takes us into the heart of ecstasy, exploring divine devotion as a natural ingredient for women (and men) on the feminine mystical path.
The path of ecstasy is not, as Mirabai will show, a lesser substitute for nondual enlightenment, but a practice ground for living in an exalted state while engaging in effective action in the world.
During this ecstatic event, you’ll discover how to:
- Say “yes” to longing at the core of your pathway to the Divine
- Claim the beauty of spiritual desire and let it move, motivate and transform you
- Become more available to moments of ecstasy in the course of your daily life
- Evoke sacred states through the power of mystical poetry
- Approach the reading of the mystics with your heart, a practice known as Lectio Divina
Mirabai offers us a powerful reclamation of the feminine ecstatic path as equally valid and even essential for the feminine soul to feel truly fulfilled and fully incarnate here on Earth...
Join us for this profound event. PLUS you’ll hear about the launch of a new live program in which Mirabai will take you deeper into the initiations of a truly feminine mystical path.
What People Are Saying About 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 Director
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 Spirit and Entering the Castle
Mirabai Starr is an extraordinary teacher not because she is so well versed in spiritual teaching — though she is. What makes her 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, IL
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 God-sent 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
I think the most powerful aspect of being with Mirabai is this: She is keenly respectful of the deep internal beauty that each person brings into a circle or a room or a workshop. She has a way of gently bringing it out into the open so that it is clearly visible to its owner, as well as to the rest of the group.
– Judy Langford, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington DC
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 and 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. Her newest book is Caravan of no Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation.
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 dialog. She blogs for The Huffington Post.