The Roots of Christian Mysticism
By Stefan G Reynolds
This course is for those who would like to discover the inner depths of the Christian tradition and its mystical dimension.
This course is for those who would like to discover the inner depths of the Christian tradition and its mystical dimension. By focusing on key mystics, this course introduces you to the rich stream of Christian mysticism and how it takes shape in different times. It spans 2000 years and is a journey in time. The Second Term covers the period from the 11th -15th century. You can see the full list of mystics covered below. Please watch the introduction where Laurence Freeman OSB talks more about The Roots of Christian Mysticism course.
The entire course is divided into 3 terms and each term consists of 8 Lessons. It is self-paced but each lesson will probably require 2.5 hours of your time to reflect on the material and listen to the audio visual links. However, if you resonate strongly with a particular mystic you may find yourself spending much more time and researching more deeply. Once you have registered on the course you can access the material for an unlimited period of time so that you can truly study at your own pace.
Each lesson focuses on a mystic, and we learn about the times they lived in, their life witness and their spirituality. Each lesson also has extracts from their writings and inspirations to help us in our spiritual practice. There is also a bibliography, audio and visual recordings to allow you to explore further. This course is not just an intellectual exercise but a journey from the mind to the heart – a spiritual journey of discovery.
So we invite you to meditate at the beginning of each lesson and to experience this contemplative dimension of faith. If you are new to meditation, each lesson begins with a short video which introduces you to the practice and we hope you find that helpful.
This online course is inspired by the book Journey to the Heart: Christian Contemplation through the Centuries ed. Kim Nataraja and you can buy the book here.
LAURENCE FREEMAN OSB INTRODUCES THE ROOTS OF CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM
What you will discover in this course:
Hildegard von Bingen
St Francis and St Clare of Assisi
The collaboration between Francis and Clare exemplifies the beginnings of the new mysticism. Francis inaugurated a new form of Christian life lived ‘in the world’. Clare was 12 years younger than Francis, from a family of minor nobility in Assisi. She secretly left home and Francis gave her the monastic habit of his Order in 1212. Learn more about them and their fascinating relationship. Find out more about this fascinating woman.
The Beguines was a women’s movement originating in 12th century. We will look at three great Beguines – the great Beguine poet, Hadewijch of Brabant, the great Beguine saint, Mechtild of Magdeburg, and the great Beguine rebel, Margaret Porete.
Meister Eckhart was known in many milieus: as a Scholastic, as a preacher whose sermons filled churches, as a spiritual director and as a mystic revered for seeing the hidden things of God. As a preacher and teacher Meister Eckhart is never dull, never pious, always unexpected, amusing, paradoxical, and sometimes shocking. Be woken up!
Dante Alighieri joins the ranks of the mystics because of his ability to lift the secular mode of romance poetry onto Divine subjects, in particular, his great poem The Divine Comedy. Learn about his work and spirituality.
Richard Rolle of Hampole and Margery Kempe
The Cloud of Unknowing
Julian of Norwich
What’s Included with the Course:
PEER DISCUSSION GROUPS
Expand your perspective by engaging in peer discussions around learning objectives, or start your own topic.
SEARCHABLE GLOBAL NETWORK
Search our global network of meditators and find local groups to support you in your spiritual journey.
Get access to our vast and ever-growing resource library to supplement your practice at every stage.