17-21, September 2012
Teacher: Andrew Harvey
In this special course, Andrew will share with you his vision, the inspiration he gained from Rumi, and the principles and practices he has developed that can help people to connect with their deepest sources of spiritual inspiration and become purposeful and effective sacred activists.
“A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born.”
Andrew will begin the course with the 13 Century poet Rumi, who was one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of his time and the founder of the Mawlawi Sufi order, a leading mystical brotherhood of Islam. He will describe the extraordinary relationship between Rumi and his great beloved Shams of Tabriz and pay special attention to how the heartbreak he experienced shattered Rumi open into divine consciousness. Using Rumi’s story and some of the magnificent poems that were created through it, Andrew will invite discussion as to how personal heartbreak can lead to great positive change and how heartbreak at what is happening around us can be the door into a much more urgent confrontation with the problems of the world and into a commitment to do everything to heal them. He will introduce participants to a spiritual practice that is at the core of his new book The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism which will help people open to their own particular heartbreak and find the mission that lies concealed in it.
Sacred Activism is a fusion of mystical knowledge, peace and passion with clear wise urgent action in every area of the world. Andrew believes that the fusion of the passion for God and the passion for justice creates an evolutionary force of love in action that can help us all, not only transform our current crisis, but evolve into divine humanity. In the second part of the course, Andrew will discuss the 5 forms of service that are necessary to become a sacred activist, the 7 laws that he has distilled from the world’s mystical traditions that govern the wise use of sacred activism and pay special attention to the 4 kinds of sacred practice that he recommends to all sacred activists to help them build a holistic spiritual container strong enough to withstand the inevitable stresses and pressures. Participants will leave with a comprehensive understanding of what Sacred Activism is and with practical tools to help them in their ordinary lives put it into immediate practice.
Depending on your particular interests and concerns, there will be plenty of time for discussions with Andrew on issues such as:
Andrew is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher. Harvey has published over 20 books including The Hope a Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House) and Heart Yoga the Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism (North Atlantic Books). Harvey is a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford from (1972-1986) and has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality, as well as, various spiritual centres throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic. He is the Founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism in Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives. His website is www.andrewharvey.net.
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