Andrew Harvey & Mirabai Starr
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Open to a Limited Number of Participants by Application Only
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Immerse yourself in the powerful teachings and experiential practices of major mystical traditions, transmitted by renowned modern-day exemplars of the path of the mystic... to embody your true essence and activate sacred change in yourself and the world.
Gain profound skills that empower you to heal, lead, teach, and guide others into their own awakening and embodiment.
Light the way to a new possibility for humanity.
These are unprecedented times... of crisis and opportunity.
The world is undergoing a massive evolutionary shift and beckoning more insistently than ever for those who hear the call to evolve with it and step forward.
It’s clear that the problems we’ve created — climate change, political unrest, racial injustice — are causing tremendous suffering and despair. They’re all ultimately rooted in the belief that we’re separate from the Earth, the Divine, and others. Only a full reunion with our divinity can heal them.
This global dark night of the soul is calling all of us to open ever more deeply to the mystic within... to our Divine Consciousness... our innate oneness with all that is — the only thing that remains constant and true when all else falls away.
It’s from this place of sacred wisdom and divine grace that we can cultivate the clarity, compassion, vision, and inner strength to help transform these times into a healing, revitalizing rebirth that emerges from the death of our old ways.
As you ignite this awakening within yourself, you become far more skilled at helping others navigate the complexities and intensities that accompany a genuine spiritual awakening.
In other words, as you awaken, you not only blossom further into your authentic self... you also become more adept at helping midwife others through the same process. Whether you’re a coach, a minister, a healer, a therapist, or simply a sacred friend, you can help liberate others into their full mystical potential — as you cultivate your understanding of the full arc of awakening... and the deeper initiations required of a Global Mystic.
As the light turns on in us, it begins to ignite in others.
This is not a small or private thing. In fact, a critical mass of awake, embodied, and purposefully engaged change agents can deliver the Shift the planet now requires.
Becoming a Global Mystic is thus not just a matter of personal curiosity. It’s also an existential imperative.
The first-ever Shift Network Global Mystics Certification is a remarkable opportunity to answer this call — at a time when there’s no more time to wait.
It’s without a doubt the single most important training we’ve ever created and designed for those at the forefront of our spiritual and cultural evolution...
... because, as we each suffuse our hearts with luminous beauty, intelligence, and care, and clarify our minds with diamond discernment, we chart a path toward a new dawn on our planet — one in which we redesign our world based on the powerful wisdom of true pioneers.
When you rise to the call of actualizing your mystical self, you open the door to radical transformation. You dive deep into your inner well to discover and alchemize what’s stagnant, and liberate your most evolved and glorious self.
Grounded, compassion-filled, and wise, you prepare yourself to share your unique gifts with the world... to serve in a sacred and meaningful way.
In this journey, you’re likely to enhance your intuitive abilities. You can deepen your ability to discern what’s holding someone back, and amplify your soul’s voice to lead others forward.
As you see the world through divine eyes, you’ll be more equipped to intervene in a truly helpful way.
In this comprehensive and profoundly transformative certification program with renowned mystic scholars Andrew Harvey and Mirabai Starr, answering this call will open you to nothing short of an initiation — an unveiling, honoring, and embodying of your own divine possibility.
It will be an experiential immersion into the heart and soul of the global mystics — the blazing lights around the world who’ve left a legacy of transformed lives and societies. It will light the fire of your own awakened and embodied divinity. And it will give you tools as a healer, guide, minister, or change agent to lead others forward.
This is not a training for those who want surface platitudes, but for those who wish to stand naked in the truth, face the fires of radical change, and emerge with a new template for a divine humanity.
Having taught thousands of students in great depth, and touched hundreds of thousands more, Andrew and Mirabai have been two of our most inspiring, empowering, and rigorous guides into spiritual awakening.
This certification is the crowning jewel of their combined lifework, in which they’ve harvested the gold from every major lineage so we can truly design a radiant new possibility just when it’s needed most.
The journey with them includes the most extraordinary team of guest faculty and wisdom transmitters ever assembled — including Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Matthew Fox, Krishna Das, Banafsheh Sayyad, Chloë Goodchild, Alexander Shaia, Dorothy Walters, Cynthia Jurs, Adam Bucko, Robert Ellsberg, Dana Sawyer, James Finley, Jamal Rahman, Zuleikha, Sean Murphy, Andrea Menard, Taj Inayat, Greta Ronningen, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Jenny Bird, Melanie DeMore, Gina Breedlove, Ondrea Levine, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Nina Rao, Bayo Akomolafe, Ilia Delio, Brie Stoner, Tirzah Firestone, Anne Lamott, Ruth Cunningham, Joan Chittister, and Mireya Alejo Marcet. (This list will be updated with additions as the program progresses.)
This program features a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum with teaching transmissions, experiential practices, integration sessions, small attunement group discussions, monthly elective sessions, and virtual community support — to immerse yourself deeply and compassionately in a profound experience of connection to the sacred and compassionate action.
Over the course of this astonishing adventure of heart, mind, and soul, there will be time, space, and profound sacred protection in which to bring to fruition personal and global changes you have yearned to make for years.
You’re likely to finally discover or refine what’s yours to do, whether it means sharing your mystical inspiration through visionary expression, being of service in a whole new way, expanding and enriching your professional offerings, or joining together with this cohort to start a revolution of love in action as a servant of this time of birth.
The Global Mystics Certification was designed with great care to help you cultivate courage, vulnerability, self-compassion, and a revitalized perspective unclouded by cultural conditioning and self-defeating beliefs and habits.
If you step fully into this opportunity, you will not emerge as the same person who entered. You are bound to experience a luminous transfiguration — many of your seemingly intractable patterns, the residue of past traumas, and illusions of separation dissipated.
And it will not be easy... the path of the mystic is one of rigor and commitment, yet it is also one of unbridled passion, unbounded love, and childlike wonder.
Your deepened connection to the Divine and your own truth will leave you more grounded, loving, compassionate, resilient, generous, creative, joyful, and fulfilled.
Every true mystic lights a flame in the hearts of others, so it’s inevitable that, as you step into your role as a Global Mystic, you’ll also transmit your awakening in service to the awakening of others.
The program will also leave you better prepared to make shifts and strides in your professional life that you haven’t yet achieved... to reach your truest and highest potential in serving others.
Ultimately, you’ll evolve alongside other mystical pioneers on the path, who know, as you do, that burning in the fire of divine love and embodying the transformative wisdom of the Mystery is the only way to truly prepare for what’s next... in your personal life and our larger world.
If you’re serious about realizing your full divine potential and being part of the vanguard of sacred change agents who are here to midwife the birth of a new era, this is THE program for you.
What Is a Mystic?
To be a mystic is to realize that you have Divine Consciousness... a contemplative awareness that enables you to have direct experiences of the sacred — to, in fact, experience all things as sacred.
It opens you to a loving, expanded view of life, humanity, and the Cosmos, and in its richest moments, gives you the capacity to connect so deeply with the Divine that you experience a visceral sense of your oneness with the One.
Being a mystic means seeing everything as an offering from the Divine. You perceive and experience both ecstasy and anguish as sacred, each a gift that brings you closer to fully experiencing and embodying Divine Consciousness.
You do not have to experience “visions,” channel sacred insights, or predict the future to live as a mystic.
When you open to the indwelling sacred presence, the “magical” is found in profound experiences of transformative love — which result in the impulse to care for all beings and creation.
In the garden of mystic lovers,
these are not true distinctions.
You experience the mystical self — your own true consciousness — in:
- Moments of deep peace
- Enjoyment of nature’s beauty
- Profound connections with family and friends
- Intimacy and sexual encounters
- The joy of listening to music
- Reading meaningful poetry
- Dancing with total abandon
- The rapture of a great meal
- A relationship with a dear animal
- Losing yourself in a creative project
- Grieving a loss
- Life challenges that bring you to your knees
- Life accomplishments and milestones that cause elation
- And many more of life’s spontaneous moments
Are you longing to live into the fields of grace that engender these experiences, to cultivate more of these experiences... for yourself and others?
Would you like to deepen, expand, embody, and step more fully into this mystical self?
Why Is the Way of the Mystic Such a Powerful Path for Personal & Global Evolution?
Your mystical self is your original blessing, your essential divine awareness, the part of you that is infinite and remains when all else — including your physical being — is gone.
To honor this blessing and choose the path of the mystic opens you to an abundantly rich spiritual, personal, and vocational life.
It connects you deeply to the unconditional love and wisdom of the Motherhood of God, helps you unveil and embody, ever more deeply, your authentic divine self, and awakens you to the sacredness in all of life — in the joyous, challenging, and mundane.
It is the unchanging nourishment the Light offers you that strengthens the whole of your being. You come to trust that this tender support is always there for you.
When you discover your mystical self, you uncover the courage to navigate life’s difficulties; the vast capacity of heart and piercing focus of mind to live more passionately, creatively, and fully; and the clarity and vital energy to step into what is yours to do... for your own evolution and that of your community and the greater world.
It is when you are in connection with your divinity and the reality that emanates from it that you can find your true purpose and feel supported.
In your professional life, this strong spiritual foundation allows you to step into your work with full integrity without compromising your Divine humanity — as you no longer feel the need to compartmentalize your mystical self. It helps you guide people with divine perception and sacred healing hands through their traumas, beliefs, and fears, and into the radiant truth of who they are.
On the path of the mystic you naturally become a change agent for others through your example, as your consistent and deepening connection to the Divine helps you cultivate groundedness, open-heartedness, and resilience.
When you choose this powerful path, you see everything in everyday life as secretly lit up by your Divine connection. You experience your life transformed, as you’ll no longer separate the holy from unholy.
Who Is This Program For?
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
Embracing the mystic within is not a privilege for the chosen few, it’s a sacred gift available to all. Yet not all of us feel the call to step into the transformational fire of this core part of ourselves.
The path of the mystic — likened in Rumi’s lush poetry to a transformational encounter between lover and beloved — will call to you as a longing... a yearning to dispel the illusion of separateness between yourself and the Divine, yourself and others, and yourself and your own soul.
You will feel it burning in your heart, flaming forth in the many ways life urges you to open to more love, compassion, and joy...
...to live life fully, deeply, and consciously, and to have the grace and fortitude to share your awakening with the world through the gifts that are uniquely yours to give.
You are called to join this profound journey, if:
- You’re aware of the awakening mystic within you and want to ground in and expand this profound awareness
- You’re a healing practitioner, spiritual teacher, or life coach who wants to explore the teachings of the mystics across the world’s great spiritual traditions and connect with your own deepest mystical self — and you know that this will subsequently enrich and expand the service you provide others
- You’re passionate about exploring mysticism, yet have felt lonely in your solo quest and crave the support and compassion of a community of like-minded seekers
- You seek to cultivate profound friendships and partnerships rooted in spiritual awareness and capable of nourishing and catalyzing transformation
- You’d like to enhance your creative process (in any and all capacities), infusing it with the clarity, passion, and creativity inherent in deep connection with your own divinity
- You want to deepen your self-healing powers to dissipate the effects of trauma, anxiety, addiction, divisiveness, or meaninglessness, and open to your true purpose
- You’re wondering how to of be of service in the world and sense that the path of the mystic can help open you to this wisdom
- You’re awake to the world’s crises and want to cultivate strength to rise to these challenges as a sacred activist for our time
- You’re currently an activist in the world and want to cultivate a stronger contemplative foundation — aware that to be truly effective, your efforts must come from the deep self not the ego
- You’re experiencing a “dark night of the soul,” know this is a time ripe for transformation, and can benefit from the inspiring teachings of the mystics and fertile womb of a spiritual community
- You’re rooted in a particular spiritual tradition yet curious about other wisdom traditions and excited about embarking on an interspiritual quest that exposes you to mystical teachings from around the world
The Global Mystics Certification has been carefully designed to guide you in stepping into the alchemical fire of this highly transformative time to actively engage the personal and collective evolution we’ve been propelled into.
What Are the Primary Teachings of This Program?
The Global Mystics Certification will expertly guide you to create your own robust and sacred container in which to receive the profound teachings of history’s prophets of love, and become a Global Mystic yourself.
The lives of both ancient and modern mystics from spiritual traditions around the globe will be explored like maps charting the stations of awakening to provide an expanded understanding of their teachings and evoke a visceral personal experience of the transfiguration process.
Teaching transmissions of the mystic’s journey will be presented in a format inspired by the metaphorical “singing of a new song” — a joyous new way of being and serving in the world — and accompanied by supportive experiential practices that enliven and enrich the arc of transformation.
These will include deep immersion in the art, music, writings, history, and poetry from major mystical traditions, as well as group chanting and guided meditations, and time and space for contemplative practice and self-exploration.
This sacred journey into deep communion with the Divine and embodiment of one’s truest and most sacred essence will prepare you to serve as a sacred activist — to integrate these mystery teachings into everyday life.
This new level of mystical awareness and spiritual maturity is evoked through comprehensive teachings that:
- Understand the necessity of deepening and expanding passion at every stage of awakening to continuously evolve in the mystery of love
- Perceive surrender not as capitulation but as the most radical offering of your whole self to reality
- Recognize devotion as the ultimate gift of the Divine Feminine
- Open you to “dying before you die,” to become one with the One
- Require your willingness to release the illusion of a separate self and every preconceived concept of God
- Explore key spiritual texts that teach you how to walk through the dark times in your life
- Help you dissolve false dualities of transcendent and immanent, masculine and feminine, body and spirit, longing and union
- Guide you in reclaiming the holiness of your body
- Explore sensuality as a doorway to connection with the Divine
- Teach you how to place special emphasis on the sacred feminine in all your relationships
- Recognize that everything is sacred
- Open you to a profound awakening of the dynamic, hopeful nature of evolutionary mysticism
- Cultivate expanded knowledge and awe at the all-transforming powers of the feminine presence of God
- Foster a courageous and warm-hearted approach to death as birth-into-oneness to welcome and embrace the experience fearlessly
- Reveal the authentic harmonized sacred masculine as protector, warrior, and lover in service of justice and environmental health
- Unveil the latest discoveries about the Field revealed by quantum physics
- Explore the definition and transformative power of sacred activism
- Reveal how to discover your own unique prophetic calling
- And much more...
Beyond the benefits of the teachings, you‘ll be supported on the path of the mystic by a compassionate community, the rigor of consistent practice, and a loving, nonjudgmental, environment.
This is a powerful and highly transformative process that can open you to a deep and consistent connection to your own divinity, your evolving relationship with the Holy as Beloved, and the realization of your highest potential.
It can also awaken you to your capacity to serve — your community and the greater world — and to create even more profound and loving connections with all beings and life itself.
The descriptions of the 10 multi-class units below detail the specific and far-reaching content of this program.
More About the Certification
Being certified as a Global Mystic means that you’ve done deep inner work of a seeker on the path... and that you’ve demonstrated commitment, profound spiritual growth, embodied awakening, and evidence that you’re walking the path of the mystic and taking action to bring your unique gifts to the world — no matter what work you do.
You’re ready to serve as an evolutionary pioneer, healer, and midwife-warrior in the birth of the new Divine Human, committed to the marriage of opposites: masculine and feminine, light and shadow, body and soul, immanence and transcendence.
You’re also ready to serve more deeply the spiritual and transformational needs of those who are called to work with you. You’ll take your work as a guide, teacher, or healer to the next level.
The certification means you’ve:
- Been intensively exposed to the teachings and have opened as fully as capable to the alchemical transformation of the mystical path both cognitively and viscerally
- Embodied the riches and complexities of the teachings of ancient and modern-day mystics across the spiritual traditions to unveil your own divinity and ignite your true calling and place of service in the world
- Immersed yourself in a deep exploration and rigorous practice of mystical wisdom as a foundation for the rebirthing of humanity
- Become a resonant source of the teachings, and serve as a sacred activist through radical solutions to the challenges that threaten our world in this time of crisis that constitutes a collective death and rebirth
- Dedicated yourself to being an instrument of grace, willing to put your lived experience of divinization into creative action in the world
- Engaged deeply in the wisdom transmissions, practices, integration sessions, attunement cohort groups, and elective sessions presented throughout the year
- Established personal practices to foster a consistent connection to the Divine and ongoing spiritual nourishment
- Cultivated an expanded, more loving, and compassionate perception of the world and humanity
- Developed the inspiration and commitment to serve the world in any way (great or small) rooted in the unconditional love and Divine wisdom of your mystical self
- Learned how to live the wisdom of the mystics
- Gained enough expertise to answer other people’s questions about embodiment of the mystical self
- Nurtured your capacity to help others cultivate the courage, vulnerability, compassion, and wisdom to dive into their own mystical depths
The Structure of the Program
Your expert faculty have created one of the most in-depth, transformative learning experiences The Shift Network has ever offered...
There will be a total of 10 primary units, each lasting one month. And we’ll have two professional elective units during the personal integration period — designed to empower you with key skills. We recognize that the personal awakening and the professional skills are complementary for you to be an effective agent of change.
There will be a 120-minute online video class every week taught by Andrew and Mirabai together or in solo format by one of them. This will include weekly breakout sessions providing a supportive environment for small group discussions.
There will also be two 90- to 120-minute online video Integration Sessions each month with Andrew or Mirabai as part of the core curriculum, providing an opportunity for deep listening, further immersion in the week’s teachings, face-to-face connection with faculty and fellow students, and introduction of additional experiential elements or practices to enrich your learning experience.
What can you expect from the weekly primary classes?
Every class will begin with an introduction and a centering practice, which will help to ground and prepare you for the depth and intensity of the teachings ahead.
You’ll also be guided in core practices designed to help you awaken and evolve as a devoted, ecstatic, and grounded lover of the Divine. There will be time for Q&A in each weekly class, as well.
Throughout the year, you’ll also be invited to attend online workshops on mysticism-related topics — two or more Elective Teachings offered per month presented by guest faculty.
These 2-hour Elective Teachings will be hosted by Andrew or Mirabai and will supplement and personalize your year-long experience as you choose what most interests you.
Two live online video Attunement Groups will be held each month with a group of other participants. You’ll work with your small group throughout the year to integrate the material you’re learning, and make supportive and dynamic connections with other dedicated participants on the same intensive journey as you. Attunement Groups are where you can have more personalized discussions and experiences, and practice embodying the teachings.
Each Attunement Group will be led by a guide or facilitator that has a depth of professional experience in studying and working with mysticism and spiritual evolution — many of whom have studied extensively with Andrew and/or Mirabai. All are dedicated to creating an environment of exploration and belonging through presence, compassion, and a spirit of inquiry and discovery.
The three levels of experiential learning you’ll undergo are embodiment, transfiguration, and sacred activism.
Finally, there are three professional skills training electives:
- Facilitating Spiritual Emergence with Mireya Alejo Marcet
This elective will feature three teaching sessions with insights, practices, and skills to help you navigate, support, and further understand the process of spiritual emergence — and working with Holotropic states in your own process and in your guidance of others. The careful attention you give to these experiences allows you to digest, embody, and apply the insights and lessons learned to your daily life, potentializing the experience. Guided by one of the most senior Holotropic Breathwork® leaders in the world, Mireya Alejo Marcet, you’ll learn:
- Session 1
- Grof Cartography of the Psyche — A wider map of the human psyche that includes perinatal and transpersonal experiences
- Session 2
- Principle of the Inner Healer — An inherent part within our psyche that understands the best way for process and circumstances to unfold… and how to work with it
- Principles of mirroring and amplification that help release trauma and patterns in the psyche that surface
- Session 3
- Integration and expressive arts therapy — Ways to use expressive arts therapy for a deeper and more embodied integration of spiritual emergence and expanded states
- Session 1
- Spiritual Companionship: Principles and Practice with Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares
Spiritual companionship, also referred to as spiritual direction, is a key modality on the spiritual path. Navigating the mystical path can be a scary and dangerous proposition, and it helps immensely to have trained companions to support and sustain us... and be mirrors to us as we unfurl our own spiritual connection. The evolution of your spiritual life has import regardless of how you apply that awareness — whether in the world of business, healthcare, as a calling unto itself, or in countless other fields. In this elective with Rev. Seifu, you’ll learn:
- The history and background of spiritual companionship
- What a spiritual companion is, and why it’s so important to have one in your spiritual journey
- Examples of spiritual companions and spiritual directors across the ages... and in our times
- The first 7 hallmarks of a spiritual companion, across faith traditions and spiritual orientations
- The second 7 hallmarks of a spiritual companion, across faith traditions and spiritual orientations
This elective will also include interactive dialogue, discussion, and synthesis.
- Midwifing Death & Dying with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore
This 3-hour training will be hosted by Mirabai Starr, who has had her own profound initiations into death and dying. Every birth is also a death to one phase of existence. The skills learned and honed by death doulas are profoundly important for you as a Global Mystic, because you’ll be helping people understand and navigate some of the greatest transitions they may ever face. This global dark night of the soul will itself result in profound transformations that all humanity must go through.
And, we’ll have one special session each month (beginning mid-program) called the Change Agents Spotlight, in which YOU and your fellow students will be featured. Each month, we’ll select people from the Global Mystics community to share their insights about how to become a change agent for others. How do we each midwife the birth of a new humanity? This spotlight involves learning from the examples of others.
In short, we want you to be well prepared to not only undertake your own journey of illumination and embodiment, but also to develop more skillful means to empower others. That’s how the participants in this program will become force multipliers for the good... by co-creating a global movement of awakened mystics, healers, and guides.
So, are you feeling a resounding call to commit to this unprecedented journey into your own divinity... to become a more authentic, loving, and resilient human being, ready to serve as a sacred activist in whatever way you are called?
What You’ll Discover in This Year-Long Certification Program
In this year-long transformational intensive, Andrew and Mirabai will guide you to unveil and embody the fundamental skills and competencies you’ll need to serve the world with your unique divine gifts.
The Power of Live Streaming Video
You’ll connect with Mirabai, Andrew, and our dozens of guest faculty through live streaming video via any connected device. This connection is easy to use and will enhance the impact of the transmissions. Or you can listen to audio-only by phone.
While we hope you’ll attend all sessions live, should you occasionally need to miss one, there will be recordings of the weekly classes and monthly Integration Sessions for you to download or stream. As you’ll discover, your live attendance is integral to your learning, understanding, and community connection.
Primary Weekly Class Sessions Thursdays at 1:00pm Pacific
There will be a handful of additional sessions on Tuesdays as well, and as a participant you’ll receive plenty of notice to accommodate your schedule.
This program will feature LIVE teaching transmissions, experiential practices, Integration Sessions, small Attunement Group discussions, monthly Elective Sessions, and Q&A with Mirabai and Andrew. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to take a comprehensive journey into a profound study of the mystical traditions as a tool for awakening and embodying your own divinity and catalyzing the rebirth of a new humanity in these times of crisis.
Unit 1: The Song of Longing — The Way of Passion Opening Us to Mystical Union
When a great mystical poet like Kabir or Lalla cries out to God, our own hearts spontaneously resonate. The poem carries the fragrance of that which we secretly yearn for: a dissolving into love, a reprieve from separateness, a return to our birthright of belonging to the Beloved.
We begin our journey across the mystical landscape by reclaiming this longing — stepping beyond cynical cultural perceptions that dismiss spiritual passion and religious communities and suggest that devotion is “immature” consciousness — to nurture this smoldering within us.
We will immerse ourselves in the mystical writings of such master poets as Rumi, Kabir, Mirabai, Lalla, Rabia, Hadewijch, Mahadeviyakka, John of the Cross, and Chuang Tzu, permeating our hearts and tenderizing us for the rigorous and embodied voyage ahead.
During Unit 1, you’ll:
- Understand passion not as an emotion, but as a primordial hunger to be ever more united to love
- Understand the necessity of deepening and expanding passion at every stage of awakening to continuously evolve in the mystery of love
- Start to compile a collection of the most beautiful and evocative mystical poetry across the spiritual traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
- Identify key themes in the poetry of the mystics, such as fire, wine, gardens, and music, and explore their meaning on your own path
- Develop a practice of writing your own mystical poetry
- Develop a practice of composing your own prayers
- Learn how to embrace the paradox of devotion and nonduality
- Discover how to heal the demonization of emotions
- Experience practices for focusing on embodiment
- Experience practices for focusing on beauty
- Discover insights for deconstructing static notions of religious hierarchy and enlightenment
- Learn sacred chanting from multiple spiritual traditions
Unit 2: The Song of Surrender — The Way of Adoration as a Radical Offering of the Whole Self
The urge to adore God as Beloved expresses itself across the spectrum of spiritual traditions.
In Hinduism, it is Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, manifested in song; ceremony; ritual offerings of flowers, fruits and fire; and homage to statues of deities and pictures of gurus.
In Christianity, it is known as Bridal Mysticism, in which we find mystics like Teresa of Ávila and the Beguines addressing God as the most intimate companion. In Sufism, theUnnamable Holy One has 99 names — the favorite being Beloved.
Each of these wisdom ways emphasize practices that cultivate surrender, such as fire ceremonies and physical prostrations. By laying ourselves at the feet of the Divine, we get out of our own way and allow the Beloved to continuously awaken us anew.
In fostering intimacy with the Holy One, any meaningful distinction between the one who adores and the One being adored dissolves to reveal the greatest miracle of all: that we are one with the One, and always have been, and ever shall be.
During Unit 2, you’ll:
- Understand surrender not as capitulation but as the most radical offering of your whole self to Reality
- Recognize devotion as the ultimate gift of the Divine Feminine
- Explore the Bhakti tradition in Hinduism
- Explore Bridal Mysticism in Christianity
- Explore the Song of Songs in the Hebrew Scriptures
- Explore fana and baqa in Sufism
- Experience multiple modes of relating to Ultimate Reality, such as Friend, Lover, Spouse, Parent, Sibling, and even Child
- Experiment with physical postures as experiences of surrender
- Learn Hindu and Buddhist mantras, as well as sacred phrases in Latin, Greek and Hebrew
- Practice the Jesus Prayer from the Christian Orthodox tradition
- Build an altar and allow it to grow and change over the course of our year together
Unit 3: The Song of Dissolving — The Way of Unknowing as the Path to Infinite Love & Real Transformation
A central truth of the path to mystical awakening is that we can only know by unknowing.
The moment we think we’ve figured out the nature of the Divine and the best methods for attaining enlightenment, we cut ourselves off from true realization and real transformation.
All the conceptual constructs we erect as scaffolding to climb up to God — using materials inherited from our parents or scavenged from religious communities we joined as adults — must be deconstructed if we hope to have a direct experience of the sacred.
Unknowing allows us to infinitely expand into infinite love, and once we have met the God of love, we fire all the other gods.
Having cultivated a personal willingness to be annihilated in love, we bring a courageous heart into the collective field, serving as exemplars for facing the unknowability of reality in a time of global crisis, even as we step up — body, mind, and soul — to co-create a better world.
Modeling what it is to abide in a state of radical unknowing allows us to help others stay open, in the midst of crushing circumstances, to the possibility of solutions we may not have dreamed of — or even to miracles.
During Unit 3, you’ll:
- Open yourself to “dying before you die,” to become one with the One
- Be willing to release every shred of personal identity and preconceived concept of God
- Explore the difference between apophatic and cataphatic modes in Christian mystical theology (and why this is ultimately a false distinction)
- Explore key spiritual texts that show us how to walk through the darkness, such as John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul, the Holy Qur’an and Ibn Arabi, women mystics across the traditions, and the Tao Te Ching
- Discover why, for the mystics, what you perceive as darkness is actually boundless radiance, and how you can develop the capacity for perceiving that light directly
- Learn the Buddhist teaching of Sunyata
- Explore Desert Spirituality, including the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Cloud of Unknowing, the Hindu goddess Kali and other archetypes of sacred annihilation
- Become familiar with key insights of quantum physics as a model for understanding mystical truths
Unit 4: The Song of Oneing — The Way of Nonduality to Dissolve Illusory Dualities & Become One With That Which We Adore
The 14th-century anchoress, Julian of Norwich — who lived through multiple rounds of the plague that swept through Europe in the Middle Ages and eradicated a vast swath of the human population — had a Near Death Experience that revealed to her the Divine Love permeating All That Is.
In further revelations, she arose from a series of mystical “Showings” and coined the term “Oneing” to evoke the reciprocal longing between the soul and God.
A central paradox of the mystical path is that, ultimately, that which the soul most deeply yearns for is who we truly are. The distinction between lover and Beloved naturally melts in the warmth of Love Itself. We are “oned” with that which we had previously adored.
We find this vision of oneing at the core of all non-dual mystical traditions, including Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism, and Kabbalah.
During Unit 4, you’ll:
- Study the “Showings” of Julian of Norwich as a model of reciprocity between our souls and the Divine
- Explore the teachings of Meister Eckhart, who said, “I pray God to rid me of God.”
- Investigate the non-dual yoga of Advaita Vedanta
- Learn the kabbalistic teaching of Ein Sof, the formlessness underlying all form
- Chant the Buddhist Heart Sutra, which celebrates the non-duality of form and formlessness
- Read the writings of the Sufi saint, Rabia and the Japanese Zen master Dogen, and other radical non-dualists
- Dissolve illusory dualities of transcendent and immanent, masculine and feminine, body and spirit, longing and union
- Recognize the shadows afflicting non-dualism as a philosophical system that gives rise to false transcendence, dissociation, and obliviousness
- Learn to resist the impulse to use nonduality as an excuse to evade the urgency to transform existing structures and institutions
- Engage the wholeness of the body and the domain of the Divine Feminine, even as you see through the illusion of separation
Unit 5: The Song of the Unfinished Adventure — The Way of Evolution as a Birthing Ground for an Embodied Divine Humanity
Humanity is mired in a vast and comprehensive evolutionary ordeal, a global dark night. The deepest guidance to the meaning and potential of this unprecedentedly ferocious process is to be found in our greatest evolutionary mystics — Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, Satprem, Teilhard de Chardin, Beatrice Bruteau, Bede Griffiths.
What these mystics understand and reveal is that this global dark night is the potential birthing ground of an embodied divine humanity, empowered through dying into divine life to become conscious co-creators — with the Divine — of a new world.
The astounding promise this extreme crisis is opening to us is a radical regeneration of humanity, and it is not possible without us plunging into these mystics’ brave and pioneering visions and integrating them fully.
Evolutionary mysticism is not just one more delicious dish in the restaurant of mystical experience — it is the key to our survival and transformation.
This unit will concentrate on these six themes:
1. The 8 laws of evolutionary mysticism that differentiate it from the traditional mysticisms of transcendent salvation or liberation and now need to be integrated into traditional mysticisms.
2. The crucial role in evolutionary mysticism of an expanded and complete vision of the nature of the Motherhood of God and Her endlessly dynamic transfiguring powers.
3. The nature of our global dark night as a Kali event, both unprecedently destructive and potentially unprecedentedly creative — if we can embrace it and allow ourselves to be transformed by it.
4. Evidence, testimony, and descriptions of the powers of consciousness and qualities of the divine human as experienced by those who, as pioneers, have been birthed into it.
5. Visions of the kind of world a transfigured humanity could create with the Divine and rooted in our own divinity.
6. Evolutionary practices that enable us to work directly with the Mother side of God to activate the next stage of human evolution.
During Unit 5, you’ll:
- Gain a radical understanding of the global dark night as an evolutionary birthing process
- Open to a profound awakening to the dynamic hopeful nature of evolutionary mysticism drawn from major mystical traditions
- Gain awareness of the laws that govern evolutionary mysticism
- Gain awareness of the “process” that evolutionary mysticism activates and makes possible
- Cultivate expanded knowledge and awe at the all-transforming powers of the Mother side of God
- Understand the meaning and purpose of the worldwide radiant epidemic of Kundalini experiences
- Learn empowering practices to help you experience the truth of evolutionary mysticism in your heart, mind, soul, and body
Unit 6: The Song of Tantra — The Way of Conscious Intimacy as Direct Communion With the Divine
It is no accident that almost every spiritual tradition borrows the language of romantic love to express the soul’s desire for union with God. Many cosmological stories describe a state of original oneness, followed by a rupture, accompanied by a burning yearning, and ultimately leading lover and Beloved back into union.
A sense of inherent disconnection plays out on the field of human relationships in which we naturally seek wholeness through each other, and yet must eventually be willing to activate the erotic energy of our intimate bonds as the fuel to return to our divine source.
To consciously and intentionally approach human love — both in romance and friendship — as an expression of mystical devotion, galvanizes our physical relationships and clears the channels for direct connection with the Divine.
We see beautiful examples of this divine and human communion among such iconic pairings as Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Francis and Claire of Assisi, Ramakrishna and Sarada Devi, Shams and Rumi, and Ruth and Naomi.
During Unit 6, you’ll:
- Reclaim the holiness of your body
- Explore sensuality as a doorway to intimacy with the Divine
- Learn how to place special emphasis on the sacred feminine in all your relationships
- Learn how to harness the energy of all your embodied experiences as a catalyst for spiritual awakening
- Explore sacred androgyny as an expression of mystical wholeness
- Commit to your love relationships as a “yoga” or path to union, with all its complexities and challenges, shadows and sweetness
- Understand the ancient path of Tantra as more than the sexual technique sold in the spiritual marketplace, but rather a potent and embodied practice of liberation
- Learn from shamanic traditions how to enter into sacred relationship with animals and the earth
- Explore different models of spiritual friendship, including Anam Cara in the Celtic tradition
Unit 7: The Song of Death & Dying — The Way of Rebirth Into a Realm of Boundless Awareness & Infinite Freedom
The mystical traditions all testify in different but related ways of relating to death without illusion or fear. Contemplation of death initiates us into the truth of impermanence and acts as a sublime catalyst to incarnate deathless consciousness. This perspective blesses grief as a sacred state to be honored, rather than a pathology to be treated.
Death itself, the great mystics tell us, offers a supreme opportunity for liberation and a birth into a realm of infinite empowerment and freedom from which you can help the world more inspiringly and effectively.
In the global dark night we’re experiencing — the Covid pandemic, racial violence, and environmental disasters — death is around us on all levels, psychic, spiritual, and physical... and such challenges will continue to plague us.
Learning how to steady and prepare ourselves and others for this by understanding through grace death’s deepest meanings, processes, and possibilities will be essential for all those on the authentic mystical journey.
Drawing on Tibetan, Buddhist, Christian and Islamic mysticism, as well as hospice experience and practice and modern research into Near Death Experiences, this Unit will concentrate on five themes:
1. How to prepare for your own death, drawing sacred inspiration from the deaths of great mystics and masters such as Rumi, Jesus, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Anandamayi Ma.
2. How to help yourself and others when dying to die the most peaceful and transformative death possible, and how to sit with others when they are dying, receptive to the mystical power of the process you witness with no agenda and in deep surrender.
3. How to prepare by understanding what happens to consciousness during the death process and in the bardo realms that unfold after it.
4. How to help others by accompanying them with sacred practice through the death process and how to help them after death.
5. How to align with the five laws of the global dark night death/rebirth process to birth deathless Divine Consciousness and so prepare both for physical death and the potential future birth of a new humanity.
During Unit 7, you’ll:
- Learn the enlightened attitude toward death as birth-into-oneness to welcome and embrace the experience fearlessly
- Learn how to be and act around the dying to make their transition as luminous as possible and to be present to grief and loss as sacred initiations
- Learn about the stages of the death process from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and others
- Discover practices to liberate the dying and help their journey after death
- Discover the 5 laws of the dark night death/rebirth process drawn from the shamanic, Christian, and Islamic traditions to help yourself and others align with its divinizing potential
Unit 8: The Song of Transfiguration — The Way of the Sacred Marriage as the Most Balanced & Transformative Vision of Divine Reality
Recovery of the vision of the sacred marriage and the fullest enactment of its possibilities is the key to the birth of a new humanity.
Drawing on the major mystical traditions and the latest cutting-edge discoveries of quantum physics, this unit will present the sacred marriage of transcendence and immanence as the most comprehensive, balanced, and transformative vision of divine reality.
There can be no sacred marriage, however, without the most complete restoration possible of the Sacred Feminine in both its light and dark aspects, the full return in all Her glory and power, and radical passion for equality and justice of the Divine Mother.
This essential return also transforms our understanding of the Sacred Masculine and heals the disassociation and destructive lust for power and domination that the masculine unillumined by the feminine inevitably fosters.
The authentic sacred marriage — of transcendence and immanence, masculine and feminine, heart and mind, soul and body, deep mystical truth and sacredly inspired action — offers humanity three related transformations essential for the birth of the new divine human:
1. The transfiguration of humanity into embodied divine humanity.
2. Direct access to vast new powers of wisdom, passion, compassion, and radiant energy.
3. A new fusion of mystical awareness and sacredly inspired action.
During Unit 8, you’ll:
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the sacred marriage, drawing from Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Christian, and Jewish traditions
- Discover the 10 laws of the returning Divine Mother
- Learn the 9 linked revolutions of life that the sacred marriage makes possible
- Gain an understanding of the new empowered Divine Feminine
- Discover the authentic harmonized Sacred Masculine as protector, warrior, and lover in service of justice and environmental health
- Learn the latest discoveries about the unified field revealed by quantum physics
- Discover the power of focused intention to dance with and direct its potentially boundless creativity
- Discover the Jesus and Mary Magdalene relationship that mirrors the sacred marriage and births the authentic embodied Christ Consciousness
- View the sacred marriage of Jesus and Mary as a universal template for understanding the 4-part path to transfiguration inspired by Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu traditions
Unit 9: The Song of the Prophet — The Way of Sacred Activism for Revisioning & Recreating Our World
Our apocalyptic and amazing times call for a shift in our understanding and formulation of both mysticism and activism. The regenerative force that could transform our world is a dynamic marriage of the best of both, and it’s called Sacred Activism.
Sacred Activism marries on every level the noblest passion of the mystic (union with the Divine) with the noblest passion of the activist (justice) to birth a third force that can transform seemingly hopeless and intractable situations.
We have seen this third force in action in the lives and practice of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, and many others. And it is perhaps the only force on a globally inspired scale that can give humanity the wisdom and strength to rise to its evolutionary challenges and turn them into radiant possibilities for revisioning and recreating our world.
Everyone is now being called to discover and enact their own gifts and lives — the resources of their soul’s prophetic calling — to become warrior midwives of a new world of love in action.
During Unit 9, you’ll:
- Discover the definition and transformative power of Sacred Activism
- Learn the 5 passions of service that need to be lived by the sacred activist
- Learn how to discover your own unique prophetic calling
- Discover the 5 shadows of the dark night process that threaten to sabotage the sacred activist
- Learn the 5 kinds of sacred practices that build passion, compassion, strength, and wisdom in the sacred activist
- Discover the 7 laws of sacred action drawn from the major mystical traditions
- Learn how to create and sustain networks of grace that help sustain you and others in your prophetic calling
- Discover how to cultivate joy in the core of your whole being to give you the passion and strength to keep going and pour yourself out in service to whatever happens
Unit 10: The Song of Awe — The Way of Nobility to Embolden Us to Meet Chaos With Peace, Grace, Fearlessness & the Passion to Be Transformed
Your soul is a royal eagle. Listen, the king is whistling for you.
To live the life of the embodied soul is to live in nobility — to live consciousnessly and with radical commitment to the beauty of compassion and justice.
While there is a tremendous possibility of the birth of a new humanity through our global dark night process, it is not certain. The extinction crisis that is now clearly exploding may very well continue.
Facing this without illusion or magical thinking requires from us unprecedented courage. It also calls for a capacity for awe that can initiate us into the wisdom of unknowing and nobility of heart, mind, and purpose — the crowning glory and transmission of the world’s mystical traditions.
In this last unit, we will explore the meaning, price, and reward of this awe-inflamed nobility. We’ll look at how the major mystical traditions embrace nobility and embolden us to meet the ordeals ahead with grace, peace, fearlessness, and the passion to transform our whole being in service to the birth of a new humanity.
During Unit 10, you’ll:
- Discover the initiation that awe makes possible, and how embracing unknowing prepares you for both endless growth and to receive potential solutions to our crisis from realms beyond our current understanding
- Discover the deepest meaning of mystical nobility, drawing on the poetry of Hadewijch of Antwerp, Rumi, Kabir, Rabia and other fearless, majestic mystics
- Gain inspiration from examples of nobility in action, drawn from the Hebrew prophets, Jesus, the Prophet Mohammed, and the greatest women mystics of the human family
- Discover the tradition of mystical chivalry in Christianity and Islam and the vision of the Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism
- Learn the ways in which suffering the trauma and grief of our crisis and dark night can increase our awe of God and passion for the beauty of life
- Gain awareness of how trauma, karma, and inherited self-loathing and denigration block you from enacting your soul’s innate, noble splendor
- Learn practices to sustain yourself and others in nobility to seed the birth of a new humanity
What People Are Saying About Andrew Harvey...
— Caroline Myss, Spiritual Teacher and Author: “Andrew’s Whole Life Is Truly a Devotion of Passing on His Knowledge of Mysticism”
— Stephen Dinan, Founder of The Shift Network: “Andrew Harvey Has Been the Single Most Profound Teacher for Me”
“He completely enchanted, entranced, empowered, and enlightened me.”
Andrew Harvey burst upon my consciousness like a supernova. Every session was the greatest blessing with Andrew’s exuberant transmissions, reading suggestions, and deepening practices. all of which have brought joy to my soul. Andrew speaks with an unmistakable passion that can only come from the heart. He completely enchanted, entranced, empowered, and enlightened me. I didn’t want the course to end. So very grateful for this experience.
— Bonnie Davis, Dallas, Texas
“If you are prepared to become totally absorbed in the process, Andrew is the teacher to take you through it.”
As soon as I read about this course, I knew it was for me. It is not for the faint-hearted. It requires an incredible transformation of who you are and your understanding of how the universe works. To achieve such radical regeneration, every moment of every day needs to be dedicated to this work. If you are prepared to become totally absorbed in the process, Andrew is the teacher to take you through it.
— Karen, Vienne, France
“I now have what I need to continue my journey.”
Over the last two years I have discovered the wonderful wisdom of Mary Magdalene. I wanted and needed more understanding, exploration, and teaching. I am so thankful to have found this course. It is the follow on for the finding of Mary Magdalene bringing completeness to my spiritual understanding and direction. I feel that I am on my path now and feel able to follow the written guidance and teachings. More importantly I have found what was missing for me in my spiritual journey and I can now continue the deep work within me now that I have guidance and direction that I need. I am so grateful to Andrew Harvey for sharing his learning, his experiences, and so eloquently allowing me to stop searching for my path and awakening in me that part of my soul I have been trying to, yet had been afraid to, open up for so long. I now have what I need to continue my journey. With love and gratitude, I thank you.
— Brenda, United Kingdom
“Having the course and the community of like-minded souls was very powerful.”
I was most comforted when Andrew connected our present-day world with his teachings about the very real experience we are in — the dark night of the soul, and we are all called to bring in the light. It was very uplifting to listen to Andrew’s passion about just that. Having the course and the community of like-minded souls was very powerful. I highly recommend taking courses from The Shift Network. This was my second, and the quality and content are impeccable.
— Nancy Gordon, San Diego, California
“The exercises acted as a nutcracker to my parched soul, opening and expanding me.”
This course opened vistas of the human mind and body that I had previously heard of in lectures on quantum physics, but had not personally experienced. The exercises acted as a nutcracker to my parched soul, opening and expanding me.
— Christine, Apple Valley, Minnesota
“Your life will be transfigured by the process of hearing his transmissions and by engaging in the deepening practices he suggests!”
If you are truly looking for a life-changing way to shift your perspective and bring the Divine Mother and Father energy into your life to illuminate your path forward, then I highly recommend this or, likely, any course of study with Andrew Harvey. He’s an outstanding guide to the divine mystic way. Your life will be transfigured by the process of hearing his transmissions and by engaging in the deepening practices he suggests! Also, you will get access to the spiritual riches it has taken Andrew a lifetime to gather. You will have a deep resource of materials to continually return to in order to mine for gold since you will have the class archive available to you afterwards. I look forward to being able to continue to dive deeper into the vast reservoir of spiritual wisdom for guidance on my own unique journey as one part of the whole. Spiritual evolution is accessible to all as a result of our mystic ancestors. I am grateful I answered the call to enroll, for The Shift Network for hosting it, and for Andrew’s divine guidance in leading the journey. It was a wonderful first Shift Network class experience!
— Una, Rutherfordton, North Carolina
“I received deep insights into mystics and wise people I’d barely heard of before...”
I received deep insights into mystics and wise people I’d barely heard of before, which furnished my thinking as an environmental activist and spiritual teacher. Andrew’s detailed and powerful transmission of their works has nourished my soul and broadened my knowledge and understanding of the age we are living through. I also met some extraordinary people in the breakout rooms and sharing group.
— Candida van Rood, Crib Point, Australia
“The teachings and practices we received are soul food for years to come.”
Andrew Harvey is a masterful teacher and an enlightened soul — his light-warrior energy was palpable even through a computer screen. I am still only beginning to integrate the incredible depth of this course into my own spirituality. The teachings and practices we received are soul food for years to come.
— Emily, Los Angeles
“This course helped me discover that I can indeed grow spiritually and progress as a human being without the help of or reference to organized religion.”
This course helped me discover that I can indeed grow spiritually and progress as a human being without the help of or reference to organized religion. For me, this was very liberating. The mystical teachers we studied in this course were primarily materialists who were seeking a path for humanity’s evolution into a species more attuned to the power of the universe and our place in it. Through very powerful messages and practices, Andrew showed us the way and laid out a series of maps and insights to guide us on our journey. Thank you, Andrew, for your generosity and for walking the talk through the example of your life.
— Erick Myers, Brussels, Belgium
“Andrew Harvey’s presence and teachings feel like having a lifeline attached.”
This course with Andrew Harvey gave me the absolutely essential support required to take the dive into the deepest layers of collective consciousness. Bringing the light of our awareness into these deepest darkest realms is crucial right now; it is awareness that is needed to affect these places that have not moved, giving the ability for change and healing on the deepest, most fundamental levels. It takes a certain amount of trust to go into these realms. Andrew Harvey’s presence and teachings feel like having a lifeline attached.
— Patty, Petaluma, California
What People Are Saying About Mirabai Starr...
— Caroline Myss, Spiritual Teacher and Author: “When Mirabai Teaches and When She Writes, It’s as if She Floats in a Sea of Holy Poetry”
— Stephen Dinan, Founder of The Shift Network: “MIrabai Starr Is One of the Most Beautiful Souls on the Planet”
— Willow Brook: “Mirabai Holds a Space of Incredible Intention and Acceptance and Fierce Love”
— Jenna Darko: “MIrabai Is Wildly Attuned to the Voice of the Mother, the Voice of the Beloved”
— Stephanie Yost: “There Are Storytellers and Then There are Soul Speakers Like Mirabai”
— Tasleem Jamila: “Mirabai Is a Jewel Walking Amongst Us Today”
— Nina Rao: “Mirabai Gathers the Flowers of Various Mystical Traditions From Around the World Into a Bouquet of Beauty”
— Jaime Grechika: “Mirabai Brings Life and Joy to Her Classes”
“Mirabai Starr is not only a brilliant and profoundly moving author, her online presence is profoundly authentic and personal.”
Mirabai Starr is not only a brilliant and profoundly moving author, her online presence is profoundly authentic and personal. She reaches through the screen and you feel as if she is sharing just with you a precious, miraculous gift as she conveys information and leads ritual. Thanks and blessings to Mirabai and to The Shift Network!
— Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson, Plymouth, Colorado
“I now feel capable of living with paradox, and am more robust and empowered...”
I have experienced an expansion of thought and vision of who God is, for me. I have longed for the feminine in my life, for several months, and the women mystics and goddesses came to me, at just the right time! Patriarchal ways, in society and my religion, were feeling somewhat oppressive. I now feel capable of living with paradox, and am more robust and empowered, through the lovely compassion shared by Mirabai and all the participants. Thank you.
— Patrice Buetefuer, Adelaide, Australia
“... I can say already that what I have gained from participation in this course will be with me for the rest of my life.”
Being able to be part of this course over the past four months of the global pandemic, accompanied as it was by unprecedented challenges and tensions, was an incredible gift. Hearing Mirabai’s teachings, learning about the Divine Feminine in various forms (many of whom were new to me), and listening to others around the world share their questions, creative expressions, and experiences gave me a sense of connection, of support, and of strength. I will be going over the course content repeatedly in the days and months ahead, gleaning more and deepening my understanding. But I can say already that what I have gained from participation in this course will be with me for the rest of my life. Much gratitude and many blessings to Mirabai, and all those who helped bring this course to us.
— Marya, Calgary, Canada
“She is a light for the embodied feminine, quietly wild and reflective, and humble with an open heart.”
Mirabai’s still, contemplative strength is evident in her teachings. She is a light for the embodied feminine, quietly wild and reflective, and humble with an open heart. The mediation, poetry, and information shared on women mystics and goddesses took you to a deep stillness inside. My mind was not overwhelmed and during the week I could read a chapter in her book. Thank you for being you. I turned an outside cabin into my temple, finding sanctuary there every day. Walking outside in the predawn light is magic. The practice of sabbath transformed me, thank you.
— Kaye, Dixon, Australia
“Within myself, I feel more grounded and deeply connected to Mother Earth.”
I experienced the power of writing during this course. I never saw myself as a writer and the writing prompts were so valuable. What was most special was the writing prompts and the sharing during the breakout group with people from around the world. Within myself, I feel more grounded and deeply connected to Mother Earth. It was simply wonderful to learn about the goddesses and mystics, and Mirabai provided an excellent introduction and opened the doors to them. The connection to the energies of the goddesses and mystics through Mirabai’s sharings, along with the presence of so many women (and some men), made this course magical. Thank you so much, Mirabai, for opening the doors of my heart even wider. Thank you to The Shift Network for making this course possible for me. I wish to carry the essence of what I have learnt forward to the women around me.
— Fiona P., Singapore
“It feels rare and refreshing to learn from someone who both feels grounded and free.”
Mirabai Starr is not only an exquisite and charming teacher, but a gently fierce woman who embodies her own words in living a life connected and devoted to the Divine Feminine. It feels rare and refreshing to learn from someone who both feels grounded and free.
— Monika, Harrisonburg, Virginia
“Learning about the goddesses and mystics and the amazing resources that came with this course has been like picking sweet ripe fruit...”
Transformation is a fluid and lifelong process. In the depths of traumatic grief that I am living with, Mirabai Starr has brought to light so much that helps me work through that grief. Learning about the goddesses and mystics and the amazing resources that came with this course has been like picking sweet ripe fruit to taste and explore and soothe this mother’s broken heart. I look forward to another Shift Network offering. Blessings.
— Carolynn Chesney, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
“I am more patient, more compassionate, and more still.”
The course has definitely benefited me and impacted the way I am in the world. I am more patient, more compassionate, and more still. I do not feel alone in handling challenging circumstances that arise, and I feel a deeper connection to others. I feel like this is an ongoing process and that the changes are still manifesting within me, so I look forward to allowing this process to continue to unfold.
— Karen, Togo
“As a result of this course, I feel a much greater sense of self-respect and confidence in myself.”
I enjoyed and still am enjoying Mirabai’s course. She is always an inspiration to me. This course allowed me to get in touch with the Divine Feminine aspect of myself. I loved learning about the mystics and goddesses and their participation in society and how influential they were in the communities that they served. As a result of this course, I feel a much greater sense of self-respect and confidence in myself.
— Miriam, Henderson, Nevada
“I will be integrating the experience into my life in many positive ways for years to come.”
I was extremely impressed by every aspect of my course on the women mystics with Mirabai Starr through The Shift Network. I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to apply for and receive a scholarship. The teachings and the lessons were well-organized, incredibly relevant to what is happening in our country and the world right now, and presented in a way that reflected Mirabai’s deep understanding of, and respect for, the material. I will be integrating the experience into my life in many positive ways for years to come. Of this I feel certain! Most grateful.
— Christine Falcon-Daigle, Petaluma, California
Join the Global Community
The Global Mystics Certification offers some of the most advanced online teachings available, within a thriving global community of learning and practice.
Join fellow students and practitioners to support and inspire each other as you integrate the teachings and practices Mirabia Starr and Andrew Harvey will share in this powerful training.
You’ll be part of an international community that’s on the leading edge of a global movement of people manifesting a world grounded in principles of cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Forty 120-Minute Class Sessions With Andrew Harvey and Mirabai Starr
Experience a unique opportunity to be mentored by and learn from renowned mystic scholars Andrew Harvey and Mirabai Starr — online, from the comfort of your own home. Each class includes a breakout session and a live streaming video option, and guides you to immerse yourself in deep, comprehensive, interdisciplinary spiritual teachings and experiential practices to catalyze profound transformation. Primary class sessions are on Thursdays at 1:00pm Pacific.
Bimonthly 90- to 120-Minute Integration Sessions on Mondays at 1:00pm Pacific
As part of the core curriculum, Integration Sessions will be led by Andrew or Mirabai to provide the opportunity for deep listening, further immersion in the teachings, and working closely with faculty, as they share sacred expertise and provide group spiritual direction. Integration Sessions will be recorded for you to refer to time and again.
Two Live Online Video Attunement Groups Every Month
Twice each month you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a group of fellow participants on Zoom. This is where you can have more personalized discussions and experiences, and practice embodying the teachings. Each group meeting will be led by a guide or facilitator who has a depth of professional experience in studying and working with mysticism and spiritual evolution — many of whom have studied extensively with Andrew and/or Mirabai. You’ll meet with the same guide and group for the duration of the program. You’ll be required to attend at least one of these groups each month. The groups will not be recorded, so they’ll not be available to watch later if you’re unable to attend. We will do our best to schedule them for a variety of days and times to accommodate participants’ schedules and time zones.
Three Professional Skills Elective Modules
- Facilitating Spiritual Emergence with Mireya Alejo Marcet
- Spiritual Companionship: Principles and Practice with Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares
- Midwifing Death & Dying with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore
Throughout the year, you’ll be invited to attend online workshops on mysticism-related topics — two or more Elective Sessions offered per month on Wednesdays and presented by guest faculty. These offerings will supplement and personalize your year-long experience as you choose what most interests you. You’ll be expected to attend three elective sessions throughout the year.
Video Recordings of Class Sessions
After each online class, integration, and elective session, the digital video will be available for you to stream in high-quality format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere at your convenience.
Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each online class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere at your convenience.
Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
Between online class sessions, you’ll complete related exercises, practicing new tools and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your program materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
Two Bonus Course Gifts From Mirabai Starr and Andrew Harvey
Mirabai and Andrew have selected two of their popular Shift Network courses, one each, as special gifts for you. These generous offerings are some of their most popular trainings on mysticism and its transformative power to open us to a greater capacity for compassion, love, inner peace, and a deeper desire to serve humankind. These bonus courses are in an on-demand format so you can enjoy them at your own pace throughout the year of the certification training, and beyond.
Live the Sacred Blessings of the Women Mystics & Goddesses
12-Module On-Demand Course From Mirabai Starr
In this special 12-part video program, Mirabai invites you to enter a virtual sanctuary, a refuge where you can set down your daily challenges and allow solutions to arise organically — out of the brokenness, wisdom, and love of the Feminine. You’ll come to know the women mystics as wise, empowering, and compassionate allies you can turn to during challenging times and throughout your life journey.
Embrace the Dark Night to Become the Phoenix Rising
7-Module On-Demand Course From Andrew Harvey
In this transformative 7-part journey with Andrew, you’ll discover and open to spiritual transfiguration to become a new, enlightened divine being. You’ll be immersed in Andrew’s unparalleled understanding of the hidden secrets within Christianity, Kabbalah, Shaivism, and Vajrayana Buddhism. And you’ll discover what the four greatest mystics of the last century had to reveal about transfiguration, as well as the details of Andrew’s own “Dark Night,” a devastating 10-year period that led to his rebirth.
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Global Mystics Certification
We feel honored that Mirabai Starr and Andrew Harvey have chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with renowned mystical teachers whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.
If you’re serious about immersing yourself in a world-class certification and doing the intense inner work necessary for personal and global transformation, we hope you’ll join us for this one-of-a-kind training. Mirabai and Andrew are deeply honored to journey with anyone who feels this level of calling and commitment.
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Investment and Application
Invest in yourself and bolster your contribution to the birth of a new humanity with this immersive, first-of-its-kind Global Mystics Certification with Mirabai and Andrew.
Please note: They’re only accepting 250 students in this exclusive training to ensure that each person receives an abundance of individualized learning, small-group coaching, and support.
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$5,000 when paid in full
2 monthly payments of $2,550
or 9 monthly payments of $611
To consider you for this Global Mystics Certification, we must receive your completed application by Noon Pacific on September 24, 2021.
— Stephen Dinan, Founder of The Shift Network: “We've Teamed Up With Andrew Harvey and Mirabai Starr to Create a Feast of Transformation for You”
— Anne Lamott, Bestselling Author: “Mirabai and Andrew Together? Oh My God, Buckle Up.”
— Matthew Fox, Spiritual Pioneer: “You're in for Some Wild and Wonderful and Sizzling Opportunities to Delve Into Spiritual Traditions”
— Jim Garrison, President of Ubiquity University: “This Course Could Save Your Life”
More Praise for Andrew Harvey...
“... the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.”
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
“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 so that we too may become a beneficial presence on the planet.
— Michael B. Beckwith, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center
“... 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
More Praise for Mirabai Star...
“Mirabai will help open up your heart to love.”
Ever since I met her when she was a teenager at the Lama Foundation, Mirabai Starr has been absorbed in the teachings of the great mystic saints, especially the women. Like her namesake, the poet-saint Mirabai, she brings to her work an intense love of God and a passion for the Beloved. My Guru said, “Love is the best medicine.” Mirabai will help open up your heart to love.
— Ram Dass, spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author of Be Here Now
“... brings understanding, and especially compassionate wisdom.”
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 in addition she 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’m enriched and honored by her friendship.
— Fr. William Hart McNichols, iconographer and Roman Catholic priest
“Mirabai Starr possesses passionate eloquence...”
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
“... a gentle dynamite for opening and awakening.”
Mirabai’s words point toward the ineffable. She has an outstanding gift for language, plus penetrating insight, married to a heart of authentic compassion. Combined, the result is a gentle dynamite for opening and awakening.
— Sara Morgan, psychotherapist and spiritual guide
About the Faculty
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 documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic, and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Christ 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.
Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative nonfiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialogue. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss.
Mirabai’s newest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was named one of the Best Books of 2019 by Spirituality & Practice. It’s essential reading for anyone ready to awaken the feminine mystic within and birth her loving, creative, and untamed power into the world.
Mirabai has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul and Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle. She is author of the poetry collection Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer William Hart McNichols, and the award-winning book God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The transparency of her journey through grief in her memoir Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation is a gift to those who are struggling with unimaginable loss.
Mirabai was named one of 2020’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine.
Guest Faculty (click photo to learn more)
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Jenny Bird has been touring the world, playing concerts, festivals, and conferences for the last 30 years. She’s the music director of the interspiritual circle Unity of Taos, and leads a women’s singing circle. With over 17 records to her name, her creative expression is inspired by the mystics, their poetry, collaboration as a form of sangha, (spiritual community), and song as deep soul refreshment.
Gina Breedlove is a traditional medicine woman who melds acting with sound healing, guiding, and teaching others how to incorporate the medicine of sound in their daily lives. In her acting career, she originated the role of Sarabi in the Broadway production of The Lion King. With her sound-healing practice, Vibration of Grace™, she shares practices and rituals gifted by a being she calls Grace that teach how to use your voice in service to your personal liberation and to advancing a loving community.
Adam Bucko is a committed voice in the movement for the renewal of Christian contemplative spirituality and the growing New Monastic movement. He has taught contemplative spirituality in Europe and the U.S. and co-authored two books, Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation and The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living. He’s the co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation and currently serves as a director of the Center for Spiritual Imagination at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in New York.
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Melanie DeMore is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Nothing is closer to her heart than bringing people together to experience the healing power of music. Whether she’s performing solo, leading stick-pounding workshops, doing residencies with choirs all over the U.S., or teaching sound awareness to sixth graders, baby boomers, or senior citizens, her mission is to make sure you unlock the key to experiencing yourself in all your glory and return home with the same passion for living that she herself has.
Robert Ellsberg, the son of whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, is the publisher of Orbis Books, where he has worked for the past 34 years. In his youth he worked with Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day for the last five years of her life, and since then he has edited five volumes of her writings, including All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. He is best known for his many books on saints and holy witnesses, including All Saints and A Living Gospel. For 10 years, he has written a daily column on saints for Give Us This Day.
James Finley lived as a monk for nearly six years at the Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. For nearly 30 years, James has led weekend contemplative retreats in the U.S. and Canada. He’s the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, Christian Meditation, and several audio-video sets on Jesus, Buddha, Merton, and Meister Eckhart. In his role as core teacher of the Living School founded by Father Richard Rohr, he hosts a weekly podcast, Turning to the Mystics.
Tirzah Firestone is an author, psychotherapist, leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement, and renowned Jewish scholar and teacher. Widely known for her groundbreaking work on Kabbalah, depth psychology, and the reintegration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism, Rabbi Tirzah lectures and teaches about spiritual and ancient wisdom practices that are honed to assist us at this critical time in world history. Her book Wounds into Wisdom was the recipient of the 2020 Nautilus Book Award Gold in Psychology and the Jewish Women’s Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology 2020 book award.
Matthew Fox is a prolific author of several books dedicated to renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality. This earth-based mystical tradition is feminist, welcoming of the arts and artists, honors Indigenous wisdom, works with science, and is committed to interfaith approaches and eco, social, and gender justice. Matthew is also a recipient of many awards, including the Gandhi King Ikeda Award from Morehouse College, which is awarded for dedication to peace, unity, nonviolence, and justice. He also received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award; other recipients have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Chloë Goodchild is the founder of The Naked Voice, a pioneering experiential vocal training program providing a sound-awareness toolkit of conscious core practices, music, audiobooks, and spoken meditations that empower you to find and embody your authentic voice. She established the Naked Voice Charitable Foundation in 2004 to disseminate a deeper awareness of the essential role that conscious communication plays in strengthening ethical awareness, social health, and wellbeing in all realms of human life. Her seminal book, The Naked Voice, invites you on an adventure of self-discovery to explore the voice of your personal authority and the song of your soul.
Taj Inayat’s work is founded on a lifetime’s exploration of the mysteries of the human heart. She has been a teacher in the Inayatiyya Sufi Order, a mystical ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan, for over 50 years. Taj has also brought her study of several psychodynamic modalities and other wide-ranging sources to her work as a spiritual guide, psychological counselor, and retreat leader. Her primary focus is to support people in awakening to our deepest nature and then living this fundamental presence in our daily lives in service to the world.
Cynthia Jurs is a Lama in the Vajrayana tradition and a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In 1990, she met a meditation master living in a cave in Nepal and received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases. She teaches a unique blend of engaged Buddhism and sacred activism through her international Gaia Mandala Sangha and the nonprofit, Alliance for the Earth. She has partnered with elders and activists around the world and guides a peacebuilding program in Liberia, West Africa. Cynthia’s book Summoned by the Earth, is forthcoming.
Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, KD has taken call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the bestselling Western chant artist of all time. He spent the late ’60s traveling across the U.S. as a student of Ram Dass. In 1970, he journeyed to India, which led him to Ram Dass’ own beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to devotees as Maharaj-ji. Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion.
Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus. With her self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty, she shares the human experience in a way that sets us all free to be unapologetically human. She is the author of seven novels, several bestselling books of nonfiction, and several collections of autobiographical essays on faith.
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Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo is a dharma teacher with a lifelong passion for blending spirituality and meditation with social justice. Having grown up in an ecumenical Christian community that bridged a new kind of monasticism for families with working with the poor, at the age of 25 she entered a Buddhist monastery in the Plum Village tradition and spent 15 years living as a nun under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She received the lamp transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh and became a Zen teacher in 2007, and is also a teacher in the Vipassana Insight lineage through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Mireya Alejo Marcet
Mireya Alejo Marcet
Mireya Alejo Marcet, MA, MFT, is an artist, psychotherapist, astrologer, expressive arts therapist, and ceremonial facilitator. She was certified from the Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) in 1993 and has facilitated groups and individuals in Holotropic Breathwork® internationally for almost three decades. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies for the expressive arts program and mentor for the Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies. Her healing work is informed by her years working with curanderas — traditional healers in her home country Mexico as a social anthropologist, a deep understanding of the healing power of expanded states of consciousness, as well the use of the expressive arts and various sacred practices as the core of her own personal practice. She has been devoted to working with women for over two decades weaving sacred and creative processes for accessing the depths of our core being and authentic soul expression.
Andrea Menard is an accomplished Métis singer, songkeeper, speaker, and founder of the Sacred Feminine Learning Lodge. She is a 5-time Gemini-nominated actress, a 15-time music award winner and was named ACTRA National’s Woman of the Year in 2021. Andrea dedicates her life and work to empowering both the Indigenous and the Feminine voice through song, story, activism, training, and healing. As seen in USA Today, Andrea is an influencer in Feminine leadership and was named one of WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in 2020. Her TEDx talk called “Silent No More” promotes the end of violence against women. She is the author of Seeds from the Sacred Feminine Wisdom Cards and helps women and all-gendered people reclaim and embody the qualities of the Sacred Feminine. With Métis roots originating in St. Laurent, Manitoba, Andrea is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Canada.
Sean Tetsudo Murphy, Sensei, is a fully authorized Zen teacher in the American White Plum lineage, as well an award-winning author and recipient of a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. He is founder and director of the Sage Institute of Taos, New Mexico, which hosts an innovative Meditation and Mindfulness Leader Training Program. The author of One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories, as well as three novels with Bantam Dell books, he also teaches creative writing, meditation, and literature for the University of New Mexico-Taos as well as many other venues.
Caroline Myss is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Caroline established the educational institute CMED (Caroline Myss Education), offering a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development, including hosting a weekly radio show on the Hay House network. Caroline co-founded Stillpoint Publishing, producing an average of 10 books a year in the field of human consciousness and holistic health. As a pioneer in medical intuition, Caroline also developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that correlates specific emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual stress patterns with diseases. Caroline’s books include Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Anatomy of the Spirit, Invisible Acts of Power, Entering the Castle, and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can.
Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker and author on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in The New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi Imam at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle, Washington, and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops. Jamal’s passion lies in interfaith community building and activism. He is the author and co-author of eight books, including Spiritual Gems of Islam and Sacred Laughter of the Sufis.
Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in South India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years, she’s been Krishna Das’ business manager and accompanist, as well as a chant leader and recording artist on her own, with two solo albums and many collaborations to her name. For over 20 years she has supported conservationists in preserving the sacred wilderness of India via her charity Saving Wild Tigers. She regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa workshops, and retreats in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York and beyond.
Greta Ronningen is a certified spiritual director, writer, and retreat leader. She’s a co-founder of Community of Divine Love, an Episcopal monastery in the Benedictine tradition in San Gabriel, California. During her masters studies at Claremont School of Theology, she focused on spiritual formation and the Engaged Compassion Program. Sr. Greta recently graduated 14 women in the Los Angeles County Jail in the Compassion Practice, where she is the Senior Episcopal Chaplain. She has been involved with yoga for 35 years and co-founded Yoga Works in 1986.
Dana Sawyer is professor emeritus of philosophy and world religions at the Maine College of Art and author of biographies of both Aldous Huxley and Huston Smith. His primary expertise is in Hinduism and Buddhism, but for more than 20 years his work has focused on comparative mysticism, theories of a “perennial philosophy,” and the spiritual value of psychedelic experiences. His essays have been published by the University of California at Berkeley, the State University of New York, the University of Muenster, Germany, and have appeared in such popular journals as Parabola and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. He has maintained a nearly 50-year meditation practice and lives in Maine with his artist wife, Stephani.
Banafsheh Sayyad is a master Persian sacred dancer, choreographer, transformational teacher, and the founder of Dance of Oneness®. She performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies, awakening the Sacred Feminine within, and inspiring them to live everyday life as magical. Awarded for her innovative signature style of holy wildness, Banafsheh is among the few bearers of authentic Persian dance in the world, and the pioneer in creating a liberated feminine expression in the Sufi dance genre previously performed only by men. With a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography and a Masters in Chinese Medicine, Banafsheh is dedicated to individual and collective healing through conscious dance and spiritual embodiment.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD, is an award-winning author of over 36 books on religion, spirituality, and recovery. Rami codirects the One River Foundation, is a contributing editor with Spirituality & Health magazine, hosts two podcasts, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami and Conversations on the Edge, and hosts a weekly Zoom talk show, Roadside Assistance at the Corner of Tohu va-Vohu (Wild and Chaos).
Alexander John Shaia
Alexander John Shaia
Alexander John Shaia (he/him) is a thoughtful, passionate, poetic man, and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1950s as part of an extended Lebanese family, his early years were immersed in painful discrimination alongside the beauty of ancient Middle Eastern traditions, an Aramaic worldview, and the practice of mystical Christianity. His lifelong integration of prayer with many disciplines — anthropology, Jungian psychology, the work of Joseph Campbell, world spirituality, and ritual work — has shaped him into a unique author, thought leader, teacher, and inspiring speaker.
Brie Stoner is a mother, musician, writer, student, and an alumna of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School for Action and Contemplation. Brie has written, produced, and released multiple records, had her music featured in multiple campaigns, and published blogs on personal and social transformation. She’s a co-host on the podcast Another Name for Everything with Richard Rohr, produced by the Center for Action and Contemplation, and currently serves as the Chief Spiritual Officer to UNITE, a spirituality, society, and politics initiative.
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Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author and political activist. For over three decades, she’s been a leader in spiritual and religiously progressive circles. She is the author of 14 books, four of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 10 million meals. Marianne serves on the Advisory Board of the RESULTS organization, working to end the worst ravages of hunger and poverty throughout the world, and is the co-founder of the Peace Alliance.
Zuleikha, international storydancer, performer, and Founder/Director of The Storydancer Project shares the gift of movement medicine to engage an open heart and live a life of wellbeing. Trained in music, movement, and mysticism by master teachers of many lineages, she is an ambassador for unity through artistic expression. Her collaboration with the renowned poet and translator of Rumi’s poetry, Coleman Barks, along with award-winning world musicians in the Rumi Concert, are loved among her many heartwarming performances. Zuleikha has been invited to bring her special arts of Storydance, awareness, and self-care to audiences, artists, and leaders worldwide. Zuleikha is the recipient of a number of humanitarian awards for promoting positive personal and social change.
Lead Spiritual Guide
Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares is the Executive Director of Spiritual Directors International (SDI), a motivational speaker, a Zen priest and spiritual director/companion, and a global executive manager with a varied career as a journalist, a scholar, a corporate leader, an entrepreneur, a large event planner and director, and a nonprofit expert.
Seifu led Microsoft’s International Strategic Partner Program as Senior Director for 12 years, started two nonprofits (the Preeclampsia Foundation and the Compassionate Action Network), and now runs a third, SDI. He has also organized major international conferences, helped promising inventors value and sell their patents, co-founded a management consulting and international services firm, and now advises individuals and groups on how to implement meaningful and lasting changes, leading to lives aligned with ultimate meaning and purpose.
Rev. Seifu knows how to transform big ideas into practical realities as a social entrepreneur, spiritual companion, and thought leader. He combines best practices from a wide array of fields, from the world of business to shared learnings and mystical insights gleaned from the world’s major religious traditions and spiritual orientations, all filtered through a prism and commitment to practical compassionate action.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the price point, and do you offer payment plans?
A: $5,000 paid in full, or we have two payment plan options available: two payments of $2,550, or nine payments of $611.
If you register with a payment plan, your first payment will be due upon registration, subsequent payments will be automatically processed every 30 days until complete. The total price includes a finance charge.
Q: Are scholarships available?
A: A limited number of partial scholarships will be made available. If accepted into the program, a link to apply for one of our limited partial scholarships will be included in your acceptance email.
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Your purchase will be refundable on or before the third session of Unit 1, The Song of Longing, October 21, 2021 (Midnight Pacific). Upon relinquishing your seat in the program, we will open your spot to the next person on our waitlist.
Q: Will this program certify me to teach?
A: This program will not certify you to teach in a specific modality; however, this strong spiritual foundation will enhance your professional life, allowing you to step into your work with full integrity without compromising your Divine humanity — as you no longer feel the need to compartmentalize your mystical self. On the path of the mystic you naturally become a change agent for others through your example, as your consistent and deepening connection to the Divine helps you cultivate groundedness, open-heartedness, and resilience.
Q: What programming is involved in the certification program & schedule?
A: All sessions will be held online through Zoom Meeting. No in-person engagement.
The program starts October 7, 2021, ending September 26, 2022.
Class: 2 hours per week on Thursdays most weeks of the year. Students may attend live on Zoom or access the recording during the same week of the teaching. Students are expected to attend/access all teaching sessions.
Integration Sessions: (90 to 120 minutes) Held on Mondays throughout the month and led by Mirabai or Andrew. Students are expected to attend (or access the recordings of) two Integration Sessions per month.
Attunement Groups: Small group cohorts, led by guides, hand-selected by Mirabai and Andrew. Students are expected to attend a minimum of one Attunement Group per month. No recordings available. Live-on-Zoom attendance required. Students will be allowed to select an Attunement Group that fits their schedule and time zone. Attunement Group days and times to be announced as we get closer to the program’s start.
Electives: Workshops will be offered two or more Wednesdays per month most months of the year on various topics to supplement and expand on the teaching. Students are expected to attend three Electives throughout the year for their certification. Recordings will be available for students to access on their own time.
Q: If I participate, how many hours per month should I plan on dedicating to this certification program?
A: This will vary depending on whether a student chooses to attend all offerings or the minimum requirement, but on average, you can expect to spend approximately 24 hours per month on this program, more if you attend all offerings, electives, etc.
For answers to additional questions about the Global Mystics Certification, please see our extended Frequently Asked Questions support page.