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An unprecedented opportunity to discover the radiant wisdom of the world’s most illuminated women mystics and the sacred practices they use to commune with the Divine
Open to the healing power of the divine feminine in our mystical lineages to see the world through new eyes, feel the touch of grace more profoundly – and live in a sacred, whole and celebratory way.
Have you ever felt that the religious traditions we’ve inherited are deeply imbalanced, relegating the divine feminine to a meek, mild and submissive role – much to our great loss?
Or that whenever we refer to God as a singularly male deity, we’re missing out on a far more liberating and mysterious truth about the dance of the divine feminine and the masculine in co-creating a sacred world?
The truth is that the Divine expresses itself through both male and female bodies and the masculine/feminine polarity is the great generator of life. When we belittle or undermine the significance of the feminine half of the equation, we cut ourselves off from the wellspring of love, healing and transformative power.
The patriarchal version of religion is not the only path to God, and some of the most extraordinary pioneers of the spiritual path in history have been women. Unfortunately, their stories and insights have often been devalued to second tier status. However, their realizations, both in terms of their teachings and their embodied lives, are deeply important – and possibly essential – for the next stage in our spiritual evolution.
Whether you are a man or woman, there is no more important alchemy on the spiritual path than restoring the balance of the masculine and feminine energies within yourself, and, in turn, within our world.
As Jesus powerfully declared in the Gospel of Thomas, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same... then will you enter the kingdom."
It’s time to evolve a new kind of mystical-worldly wholeness at the heart of the lineages we’ve inherited. We can do this by learning from the inspired example of women mystics who have pioneered a more earthy, loving, holistic – and even wild – vision of what the term “Christ” even means (which goes far beyond one man 2000 years ago).
What if “Christ” was meant to be inclusive of the Feminine Face of God... which just happened to find historical incarnation within the male body of Jesus?
What if the deeper, esoteric purpose of Christianity was to reunify the divine masculine and feminine, in order to birth a new kind of human?
We face great challenges when creating a sacred marriage between the masculine and feminine aspects of the Divine. Tragically, most of the empowered women mystics in history have been kept hidden from our view, and so few scholars have the vision and tenacity to recover their lost teachings and wisdom.
And even if they were recovered, it would take a religious scholar of the highest order, with a true mystic’s heart, to understand and reveal their authentic meaning.
Fortunately, we are blessed to know such gifted teacher – one who is blazing a path back into the sacred heart of the divine feminine mysteries that are hidden within the depths of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions.
That woman is the renowned mystic, scholar and author, Mirabai Starr.
If you have heard Mirabai speak, you’ll know what we’re referring to – and if you don’t know her yet – then you’re in for a real treat.
Mirabai is one of the most eloquent and passionate voices for the resurgence of the divine feminine in contemporary spirituality.
Her provocative revisioning of our past, present and future lies at the heart of her radical, yet grounded, message. This is why Mirabai is quickly becoming regarded as one of the foremost voices of a truly global, holistic understanding of spirituality that fully embraces BOTH the masculine and feminine aspects of the Divine.
In this 7-module training, The Feminine Christ, she’ll draw from her breakthrough scholarship of female Christian mystics – such as Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila – to illuminate a deep reclaiming of the embodied feminine love at the core of Christianity (and indeed within the entire Abrahamic Family).
She’ll also draw inspiration and wisdom from a variety of little-known female sages and mystics from across the spectrum of the world’s great wisdom traditions.
A scholar of global mysticism who practices vipassana, observes Shabbat, and honors all spiritual expressions, Mirabai will take us into the heart of a profound healing that the West, in particular, needs now. When we reclaim the feminine Christ within, we can live from wholeness and:
- Reclaim our religious heritage through the wonder of long-ignored female mystics
- Heal our legacy of religious shame, and see ourselves as sacred and whole
- Dissolve the religious schisms that have led to war and great misunderstanding
- Realize a far deeper self-love
- Learn to source our service to the world from a place of inner abundance
As we reclaim the feminine Christ within us – whether we are a man OR a woman – we open to a life of reverence, service and sacred living, in which we truly see ourselves and our world as a divine gift.
That is the path that is illumined by history’s great female mystics, who you will discover with fresh eyes and deep admiration in this transformative training.
While we focus on the feminine, this course was created for both women and men, as this reclamation of the sacred feminine is equally important for both genders. To pave the way to the living of a truly sacred life we all must engage a vision of the living Christ that equally honors both feminine and masculine.
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Sessions
In this 7-module online training, Mirabai will guide you through the fundamental spiritual insights and skills that you’ll need to successfully open to the profound healing power of the divine feminine – and to see your life and the world from a place of greater wholeness and heart.
Each contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to cultivate more love, healing and transformative power in your life.
Module 1: Revisioning the Christian Story to Include the Feminine Christ
We begin our journey by going to the roots of many of the distortions in our Judeo-Christian heritage, revealing why some of the distortions were created, and healing what has been broken. Mirabai will take us into the heart of one of the great Christian mystics, Julian of Norwich, who reveals a vision of Christ as the Mother – leading to a whole new mythology that puts a primacy on sacred balance, reverence and incarnation, rather than an afterlife. You’ll:
- Understand incarnation of the sacred as a living experience of the feminine, which Judaism calls the Shekinah
- Receive a new vision of the Trinity that includes the feminine – opening space to see the divine feminine within you
- See Mother Mary with wholly new eyes – not meek and mild – but brave and bold, especially with a radically new understanding of her Annunciation
- Discover some of the most important female mystics in Christianity, and learn how these fearless women mystics were able to overcome their persecution and experience a direct communion with God
- Explore how the modern Christian tradition is rebalancing itself to incorporate a more feminine theology
- Restore wholeness in our religious family – bringing back a spirit of family and unification between Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- Revision “Her Story” to make it “our story” for both women and men
Module 2: Repairing of the World in a Feminine Way by Walking the Path of Tikkun Olam
There is a beautiful concept in Judaism of Tikkun Olam, which means that part of our spiritual path is to respond to the brokenness of the world. The more traditional masculine approach to a problem is to “fix” the world, whereas the feminine response to brokenness is to be fully, compassionately present, which restores the bonds of love and connection. The path of the feminine Christ includes this depth of presence in every act of loving kindness, and through the expression of social justice – not as a protest movement, but as a compelling force of kindness.
- Explore the power of turning every act into one of loving kindness based in social justice
- See the path of healing our world through new eyes by learning to hold the space for wholeness, and being lovingly present with what is broken
- Reclaim the potent energy of the spiritual Warrioress in justice and service to the world
- Discover an embodied response to suffering by exploring the broken-open heart of Tara, and embracing the Tibetan Boddhisattva of Compassion
- Understand the deep relationship between Judaism and Christianity in a new way through the lens of Tikkun Olam
Module 3: Reclaiming our Heritage by Sitting at the Feet of the Grandmothers
The most ancient way of transmitting wisdom from generation to generation has been to sit at the feet of our grandmothers and receive the wisdom of the ancestors. With the lack of appreciation of female mystics of Christ, we have largely lost the lineage of feminine transmission in the West. In this module, we will go into the heart of our Abrahamic lineages and discover the radiant, powerful, amazing examples of the feminine Christ that serve as exemplars for how we can live now. They are women who have walked before us to show us the way – beautiful models of living a fearless, embodied, contemplative life in service to the world.
- Become intimate with Biblical figures in a new way, such as Mary, Miriam and Sarah
- Discover the extraordinary wisdom of women mystics, including Hildegard von Bingen, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux
- Learn about the divine feminine through Fatimah, the daughter of the prophet Mohammed – offering you surprising insights into the feminine within Islam
- Become empowered by the teachings of enlightened women to fearlessly speak the truth of the heart
- Reconnect with the feminine lineage in the West, weaving this essential and ancient wisdom into the tapestry of your spiritual life
Module 4: Releasing Shame Through an Unconditionally Loving God
One of the most negative inheritances that has come from a patriarchal vision of Christ is the creation of shame for our very existence (original sin), sexuality and loving relationships. When we integrate the Feminine Face of God, the deeper truth is that God is unconditionally loving and that there is no wrathful judgement – except that which we project onto God. This module will offer a profound opportunity to heal and release this religious shame.
- Release religiously-sourced shame by understanding its roots and perceiving the reality of an unconditionally-loving God through the eyes of female mystics
- Open to loving yourself unconditionally, just as you are – and extend that quality to all those you encounter
- Practice the power of self-forgiveness, and recognize that you are already forgiven for any perceived transgressions by the Holy One, who has already forgiven them
- Step into your true radiant self by dissolving your identification with the false self (which is actually built from judgements)
- See the mystical separation of masculine and feminine as a longing for the sacred to bring the severed masculine and feminine back into union
- Restore the sacred valuing of the feminine within yourself – whether you are a man or woman
Module 5: Reunifying the Exiled Lover and Beloved
The path of the feminine Christ gives us a different way to relate to God. While many mystics emphasize our union with God, there is something uniquely powerful and motivating about the longing that comes from separation into Lover and Beloved. This relational longing is at the core of the path of the feminine Christ. Mirabai will help the “exiled lover” in you find her way back into ecstatic reunion with the Beloved so that the polarities of human and God, woman and man, earth and sky become a dance of celebration rather than exiled separation. You’ll understand how the severed connection creates disharmony and the restored bond creates new possibilities for love and wholeness. Major losses can become a doorway into the restored bond and so we’ll also look at the practices to transform grief.
- Understand spiritual longing and the connection between personal loss and the longing for God/union with the Divine
- Receive a more spiritual and practical understanding of how to deal with grief and loss, using them as a catalyst for your spiritual opening
- Finally understand that having a broken heart is not a problem: it’s a source of transformation.
- Study the Song of Songs from Hebrew scriptures to receive a new understanding of the role of longing in the Abrahamic faiths
- Explore the Dark Night of Soul and mystical imagery of the secret rendezvous between lover and beloved in the garden, a fairly universal theme of world mystical traditions.
- Understand the practice of Shabbat/Sabbath in a new way, as a time of rest to be infused with the Shekhinah, come home to the earth and allow the connection with God as Beloved to awaken in you
- Practice reconnecting with the divine presence
Module 6: Reclaiming Our Wildness Through Our Creativity
The Divine Feminine is often depicted as far too pristine and sanitized, which suppresses our natural freedom and creativity. In this class, we’ll reconnect with the unbridled, untamed, unbounded aspects of the sacred Feminine. We’ll learn to roar and sizzle again as an expression of the feminine Christ within us. We’ll celebrate going outside of rules and regulations and beyond the confines of the society to rekindle our wild feminine fires.
- Emerge with more freedom and respect for the undomesticated parts of your being
- Expand your vision of what the sacred feminine truly us
- Ignite dormant fires of creativity and passion
- Make a renewed commitment to your creative life, regardless of your existing responsibilities
- Access the wilder parts of you, which brings you more vitality, joy, and freedom
- Remember how to revel in Nature and restore a deep relationship with the natural world
Module 7: Re-engaging Service from Abundance
While you likely share the spirit of service to the world that animates the path of all the great women mystics, you may feel too depleted to really serve with joy. This is very common. The secret that we’ll explore in this module, especially led by the great female mystical teachers, is how to serve others from an overflowing cup by balancing deep contemplation and replenishment of our souls with profound acts of love to the world. This turns service into a sacrament where we are tasting the Beloved in all we see and do rather than becoming hollow husks of human beings. The path of the feminine Christ invariably leads to ministering to the wounds of the world in some way and it takes a strong spiritual practice and reservoir to truly serve from joy and abundance. In this module, you’ll get the foundational understandings and practices that empower you to do so:
- Learn to balance action and contemplation moment by moment and week by week, especially incorporating times of Sabbath
- Discover contemplative practices of solitude and stillness that help to tend the inner garden
- Discern when we are giving service out of obligation or duty rather than love and abundance
- Become fully ok with setting boundaries to take the time you need to restore and recharge
- Move beyond the grind of guilt; it is not your responsibility to fix the whole world and it is not burning down
- Access the natural outflow of compassion and energy that comes from tending your inner life.
- Understand Krishna’s advice to do our duty without attachment to the fruits of our action.
- Avoid the trap of angry activist, who burns herself and others out
- Tap into abundant energy that you can share with the world
- See the Sabbath/Shabbat as both a contemplative practice and political act and build times of restoration into your life, lightening your footprint on the Earth
The Feminine Christ Bonus Collection
In addition to Mirabai’s transformative 7-session online training, you’ll also receive these powerful training sessions with some of the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course – and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Dialogue with Rabbi Leah Novick
Join Mirabai and Rabbi Novick in conversation as they discuss the Shekhinah, a concept of the divine feminine in Judaism. This lively and deep exploration will be a perfect complement to the Reclaiming the Feminine Face of Christ course.
Ordained in 1987, Rabbi Leah Novick has served alternative and conventional congregations. In recent years, she has traveled extensively in the U.S, and Israel presenting her teachings and meditations on the Tree of Life in many venues. She is a devoted student and teacher of Zohar who has focused on conveying the understanding of Shekhinah to Jewish and inter-faith groups. She synthesized those insights into her book On the Wings of Shekhinah, Rediscovering Judaism’s Divine Feminine. Her other writings are focused on Jewish women of other historical periods who broke through cultural barriers to become great spiritual leaders and teachers.
Islam and Poetry
Dialogue with Mona Haydar
In this special session, Mirabai will be joined by Muslim slam poet Mona Haydar, who will share some of her powerful poetry along with teachings from the essence of Islam.
Mona is a poet, performer, artist and activist currently living and working at The Lama Foundation in Northern New Mexico. She’s passionate about words, both written and spoken, saying “The good word is like a good tree...like humanity – with our feet firmly rooted in Earth while our spirits and minds float about somewhere above us into the heavens. It’s vertical. A good word connects us to our Creator, most Merciful.”
Embodied Spirituality: the Incarnation of the Divine Feminine
Dialogue with Alane K. Daugherty Ph.D.
Join Mirabai and Dr. Daugherty as they discuss the intersection of science and the Divine. As embodied beings, our science shows us that everything we receive, perceive and experience is filtered through our human body, and cultivates our capabilities for more of the same; the deeper the experience the greater the transformation. Many of the women mystics, specifically in regard to characteristics of the divine feminine, teach us that truly embodying this way of being is deeply experiential; that where we intersect with God, or meet the Christ within is an incarnate experience – a felt sense of communion with the divine or another being.
Dr. Daugherty is a writer, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her work focuses on teaching people how to transform chaotic and limiting emotional patterns to ones that are self affirming, life enhancing, and truly transformative. Her work is grounded in the science and practice of emotional transformation. She is the author of "The Power Within: From Neuroscience to Transformation" (Kendall Hunt), "Reclaim Your Life!: the art and science of personal transformation" (Balboa Press).
Living Love Mystically and Apostolically – Beguine Mysticism
Dialogue with Sister Greta Ronningen
In this bonus session, Mirabai will be joined by Sister Greta Ronningen to discuss what the teachings of Christ could look like through the lens of Beguine Mysticism. The Beguines were a 13th century movement by and for women which existed for eight hundred years. They wrote Love Mysticism exhorting one another to participate in the divine nature not only in self-emptying contemplation but through self-giving love by engaging with the suffering of the poor and sick.
Sr. Greta Ronningen, CDL, MA is a founding member of the Community of Divine Love, an Episcopal monastic order in San Gabriel, CA. Sr. Greta serves as a chaplain in the Los Angeles County Jails and she is also implementing a 3-year spiritual formation program that she developed for the young women at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall called The Good Seed Project.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation from Claremont School of Theology.
What People Are Saying About Mirabai Starr...
“Mirabai is an authentic mystic, a true teacher and a wonderful soul. Anyone who comes to her will find their cup will be filled. I recommend her as a person and as a teacher with great confidence and joy.”
– Andrew Harvey, Spiritual Teacher and Director
“It is with great pleasure and delight that I endorse the work of Mirabai Starr, who I find to be a soul companion as well as a professional colleague. In addition to being a gifted author, Mirabai is blessed with the capacity to inspire others with her wisdom and understanding of mystical theology. I referred to her translations of Teresa of Avila’s great masterpiece, ‘The Interior Castle,’ while writing my own book, ‘Entering the Castle,’ because of the excellence of her work. Mirabai is a rare jewel.”
– Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Entering the Castle
“Mirabai Starr 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
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Seven 90-Minute Audio Recordings with Mirabai Starr and Guests
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with mystic-scholar and interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr – from the comfort of your own home. The course includes renowned guest faculty, and helps you create the specific skills and abilities to awaken your spiritual potential.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Each Class Session
In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. This way you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices that you’ll learn.
Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you will then have the option to do related exercises and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each lesson.
Feminine Christ with Mirabai Starr Bonus Collection
- The Shekhinah
Audio Dialogue with Rabbi Leah Novick
- Islam and Poetry
Audio Dialogue with Mona Haydar
- Embodied Spirituality: the Incarnation of the Divine Feminine
Dialogue with Alane K. Daugherty Ph.D.
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join in The Feminine Christ Virtual Training
We, at The Shift Network, feel deeply honored that Mirabai Starr has chosen to partner with us on this exclusive online training. As you may know, this is a rare opportunity to learn directly from an internationally renowned mystic-scholar and interspiritual teacher whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves – and our world.
Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals – which would cost thousands of dollars). But you’ll be able to benefit from Mirabai and her guest’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home – at your own pace!
If you are serious about reclaiming the feminine divine within and opening to a life of wholeness, service and sacred balance, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones – and our world – to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
More Praise for Mirabai Starr...
“Mirabai Starr is an extraordinary teacher not because she is so well versed in spiritual teaching – though she is. What makes her teaching so powerful is that her vast spiritual knowledge is rooted in the real experience of being human. Her genius lies in the profoundly humble way she opens her life as a guide to ours. In making this connection she shows us the deep and mysterious spiritual truths that hold all our lives together. A truly gifted teacher, she points us at once to and beyond ourselves. She does all of this with a spirit so light that all who share her presence are also lifted. Oh, did I say that she is also a lot of fun?”
–Rev. Bob Thompson, Senior Pastor, Lake Street Church, Evanston, IL
“The Ark Bookstore always enjoys Mirabai Starr’s book signing appearances and talks, not only because of her professionalism and gifted speaking ability, but also, (and primarily), because Mirabai’s presence is a manifestation and transmission of her very deep understanding of the spiritual teachings she translates.”
–Karin Arielle, The Ark Bookstore, Santa Fe NM
“. . .Mirabai has a profound respect for our deepest, most ordinary humanity as seekers of Truth. Her presence leaves a residual of joy in the hearts of those she works with, no matter how difficult their lives might be.”
–Anne Scott, author and spiritual guide
“I have been present during Mirabai Starr’s classes at the University of New Mexico in Taos, on both Philosophy and the theologies of the major world religions. . .One would expect from such a background that she has gathered and synthesized a dazzling amount of knowledge, but she also brings understanding, and especially compassionate wisdom. These are God-sent gifts that are simply given to her. Her life experiences of suffering and love pour into the cup of different levels of understanding which she offers so generously as a teacher, lecturer, writer and guest speaker. I am enriched and honored by her friendship.”
–Fr. William Hart McNichols, Iconographer and Roman Catholic Priest
“I think the most powerful aspect of being with Mirabai is this: She is keenly respectful of the deep internal beauty that each person brings into a circle or a room or a workshop. She has a way of gently bringing it out into the open so that it is clearly visible to its owner, as well as to the rest of the group.”
–Judy Langford, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington DC
“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 Mirabai Starr
Author of critically acclaimed new translations of the Spanish mystics and reflections on the unifying teachings at the heart of all spiritual paths, Mirabai Starr uses fresh, lyrical language to help make timeless wisdom accessible to a contemporary circle of seekers. Her books include The Showings: Julian of Norwich,Passionate Mystic: Teresa of Avila and GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the winner of the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.
Daughter of the counter-culture, Mirabai was born in New York in 1961 to secular Jewish parents who rejected the patriarchy of institutionalized religion. Intellectual artists and social justice activists, they were active in the anti-war protest movement of the Vietnam era.
In 1972, Mirabai’s mother, father and her younger brother and sister uprooted from their suburban life and embarked on an extended road trip that led them through the jungles of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where they lived for many months on an isolated Caribbean beach, and ended in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico. There, the family embraced an alternative, “back-to-the-land” lifestyle, in a communal effort to live simply and sustainably – values that remain important to Mirabai to this day.
As a teenager, Mirabai lived at the Lama Foundation, an intentional spiritual community that has honored all the world’s faith traditions since its inception in 1967. This ecumenical experience became formative in the universal quality that has infused Mirabai’s work ever since.
Mirabai has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico, Taos since 1993. Her emphasis is on making connections between the perennial teachings found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths, in an effort to promote peace and justice.
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