Sunday, April 17, 2011

Journey to Mystical Creativity

I have returned from a week at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY attending a Wisdom University intensive on "Women Mystics and the Journey to Mystical Creativity" taught by Jean Houston and Peggy Rubin.

We were immersed in the history and work of well-known mystics who included Emily Dickinson, Florence Nightingale, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Mirabai, Lalla, Hildegard of Bingen.

We talked about the stages of the mystical path as discerned by Evelyn Underhill in her book, Mysticism.  These stages are Awakening, Purification, Illumination, Voices and Visions, Contemplation and Introversion, Ecstasy and Rapture, Dark Night of the Soul and Unitive Vision..  We explored these all in poetry, dance, a zen water ceremony and connecting with the senses.  Rich, deep experience.

Wisdom University recorded a part of each day of experience which allows me to share some of my experience of the week with you.  I hope you enjoy listening to Jean, Peggy and others talk about the journey to mystical creativity.


Joanne Huffman said...

What a wonderful experience this must have been. I plan on looking at the videos soon.

Marcia Chadly said...

I followed the link in your Neter letter article to see more about your cards and the workshop. What a touching experience to have made those cards before the workshop. Thanks for sharing the story and the cards. I looked going to that workshop - what a wonderful experience that must have been. I'm looking forward to viewing the videos tonight as lunch time is over...

Catherine Anderson said...

Marcia, so glad you can share in the workshop through my cards and the videos.