Mirabai Starr – Live the Sacred Blessings of the Women Mystics & Goddesses 2022

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Live the Sacred Blessings of the Women Mystics & Goddesses 2022Mirabai Starr – Live the Sacred Blessings of the Women Mystics & Goddesses 2022

Enter a sacred sanctuary, set down your fears and challenges, and allow inner strength, love, and healing to arise organically through the transformative energies of the Divine Feminine.

No matter our age or who we are, there are times we long to be held in the loving arms of a Great Mother…

… to lay down our burdens, feel the peace of having no worries, the nourishment of deep connection, and the acceptance and warmth of unconditional love.

As a seeker on the path, you know these qualities are within you, yet oftentimes they’re far from reach — buried by patriarchy’s expectations of what a woman should be or do

… tamped down by cultural mores… fear-struck by global crises… or hidden in the darkness of childhood traumas or a disconnect of our own making.

A part of you also knows that the “mother” you long for is your connection to the Sacred Feminine… innate energies calling you to go inward to tap into your own reservoir of courage, quiet, and self-compassion.

This potent medicine — which many of us have forgotten — is the remedy for our anxious minds and weary hearts, inviting us to take refuge in stillness and open to the spaciousness of the moment and the unity of all things.

It also calls us to live fully… the wild, sacredly sensual, untamed dance of life.

In this 12-module online course, author, mystic scholar, and interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr 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.

In this safe and loving container, Mirabai will encourage you to yield to a compassionate deconstructing — in which you let go the imprints and energies of others, including collective unease, religious dogma, preconceived notions of service, and self-limiting ideas of personal power.

Through powerful guided meditations, deep listening, relaxation practices, chanting, writing and creative project prompts, and more…

… you’ll experience the fierceness and tenderness of the Hindu Goddess Durga, the courage and passion of 16th-century Spanish mystic Teresa of Avila, the healing energies of the mysterious and sacred field of the Dark Mother, and much more…

You’ll connect deeply with the potent healing energies of ancient traditions’ feminine mystics and goddesses as wise, empowering, and compassionate allies you can turn to during challenging times and throughout your life journey.

Over the course of this profound inner journey, you’ll:

  • Become intimate with the indwelling feminine Presence, as an ally for reconnecting with and embodying the Sacred
  • Respectfully offer whatever stands in the way of your soul’s liberation to the Hindu Dark Goddess, Kali
  • Approach meditation as spaciousness around your thoughts and feelings to bear witness to what you’re experiencing and not believe everything you think
  • Immerse yourself in the luscious poetry of the Sky-Clad mystic Lalla, to cultivate a direct and naked encounter with the Sacred
  • Embody the energy of Tara, Tibetan bodhisattva of compassion, grounded in reverence for the essential unity of all beings
  • Be inspired by the history of the Beguines, laywomen who lived outside the confines of hierarchy and rules in communities of prayer and service
  • Learn to integrate your spiritual passion with your life, allowing that sublime love to permeate every aspect of what you do and who you are
  • Create a relationship with Mary Magdalene as a beloved ancestor available to guide you into your sacred sensuality
  • Focus your attention on sexuality as a gift — regardless of your stage in life — and the incarnation of spirit into your particular body
  • Learn techniques to energize your body and soften your heart so that you can be of service joyfully, without burning out
  • Practice stepping out of your own way and making yourself available for the flow of Shakti, life force
  • Uncover an area of your life where you once found joy being creative and reclaim your connection to this art form
  • And much more…

Mirabai is a highly-sought-after expert on the feminine mystics and goddesses, recently named one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2020 by Watkins’ Mind, Body, Spirit magazine.

Her unique insights into the Divine Feminine show us how to “live into the Sacred,” and how this can enrich our personal spiritual practice and help us cultivate more courage, self-empowerment, and self-compassion for facing life’s challenges.

Our ability to connect with our innate feminine energies AND respond to the cries of the world — is rooted in feminine wisdom and the heart, according to Mirabai…

… not a sentimental heart; rather a fierce and loving presence.

Mirabai teaches us how the women mystics and goddesses can help us reconnect with this tender-strong part of ourselves and reclaim the sacredness of our body, mind, and spirit, the peace and groundedness that dwells within, and the interconnectedness that sustains us all.

What You’ll Discover in These 12 Modules

In this 12-module transformational intensive, Mirabai will guide you through the fundamental body-mind-spirit skills and competencies you’ll need to open to the feminine mystics and goddesses as wise, empowering, and compassionate allies you can turn to during challenging times and throughout your life journey.

This on-demand course will feature 12 video modules with Mirabai. Each module 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 cultivate more courage, self-empowerment, and self-compassion for facing life’s challenges.

Module 1: Lay Down Your Burdens & Fully Invite in the Present

In mystical Judaism, the Sabbath is a living being, Shekinah, and when we light the candles at sunset she comes flowing in and “re-souls” us. She imbues us with the tender power of the feminine and invites us to fully inhabit the holy present.

Cultivating a Sabbath practice is a medicine that mainstream society has lost. In this session, we reclaim the subversive, transformational potency of sacred rest, renewing our intention to lay down our burdens, refresh our thirsty souls, and take a break from the woes of the world. We become curious about and open to What Is.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Become intimate with Shekinah, the “Indwelling Feminine Presence,” as an ally that reconnects you with the Sacred
  • Draw inspiration from the story of Chanah of Ludmir, a 19th century Chasidic master who defied the patriarchy to become an exemplar of a living Sabbath practice
  • Adapt the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) to fit the shape of your own life
  • Make a commitment — a day a week, an hour a day, or a couple days a month — to fast from electronic devices, put aside the to-do list, and reconnect with the Earth and your own sensuality
  • Design a ritual to welcome the Sabbath
  • Identify the compulsions that drive you and the burdens you bear, and offer them to the Divine Feminine to be transmuted

Module 2: Take Refuge in Stillness & Befriend the Holy Dark

Every spiritual tradition offers some version of contemplative practice as a touchstone for an awakened and heart-centered life. The masculine model has conditioned us to engage meditation as another weapon with which to beat ourselves into submission.

The way of the feminine is to take refuge in the stillness and explore the silence with curiosity and tenderness, befriending the holy dark. In this way, ideas about the nature of reality fall away and give rise to a lived experience of the unity of all things.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Meet Teresa of Avila, the 16th-century Spanish mystic whose radiance shines across the threshold of time to illuminate our own path through these treacherous times
  • Connect with the Hindu goddess Durga, embodiment of the Divine Mother, and allow her fierce and tender energy to lead you to your own reservoir of courage and quiet
  • Recognize that meditation is about being present and bearing witness to our own experience — not believing everything we think
  • Make a commitment to sit in silence and stillness on a regular basis
  • Consider joining a meditation group or attending a meditation retreatto support your practice
  • Learn what it means to be a contemplative, and apply those values to your daily life
  • Experience the infusion of the sacred into the ordinary when you commit to a contemplative path

Module 3: Discover the Elixir of Longing — We Are That Which We Seek

There is something imprinted on the human soul that recognizes the language of romantic love as a reflection of spiritual union — with the power to actually evoke awakening.

These wisdom teachings usually involve the mystical paradox of annihilation — lover dissolves into Beloved and only love remains. Separation from our divine source turns out to be an illusion, and we discover that not only were we connected to the Beloved all along, but we are that which we have been desiring.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Listen to the legend of Bhakti poet-saint Mirabai, whose unmitigated devotion to Krishna, god of love, emboldened her to defy the patriarchy
  • Connect with the passion of the Hindu Goddess Radha and rekindle your soul’s yearning for union with the Beloved
  • Explore classic versions of the lover/Beloved archetype from Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Sufi wisdom traditions
  • Learn to integrate your spiritual passion with your life — allow sublime love to permeate what you do and who you are
  • Understand the difference between “becoming nothing” and “being unworthy”
  • Embrace the fire and allow it to transfigure you

Module 4: Become One With the One & the Love You Truly Are

Our spiritual preconceptions and inherited dogma are often our subtlest yet most formidable obstacles. The feminine heart recognizes the essential truth of holy paradox: embracing all that is life-giving while being willing to be annihilated.

It praises the beauty of the created world and throws our small selves into the holy fire so that nothing remains to separate us from our Creator. Or from each other. Or from the radiant web connecting All That Is.

In this module, you will embrace your dying and become who you truly are: a boundless being made entirely of Love.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Immerse yourself in the luscious poetry of the Sky-Clad mystic Lalla, to cultivate a direct and naked encounter with the Sacred
  • Respectfully offer whatever stands in the way of your soul’s liberation to Kali, the unconditionally loving Dark Mother of the Hindu tradition
  • Explore the universal teaching that guides us to die before we die
  • Engage the power of our personal losses as the alchemical substance available for radical transformation
  • Experience the increased capacity of the broken heart to experience, hold, and share love

Module 5: Weaving Community & Rising From the Illusion of Separateness

To walk as a feminine mystic is to recognize that our lives are interpenetrated with the lives of all sentient beings, and that the One we love shines from every nexus in that web of inter-being.

Whenever we tend to a single strand we are participating in the care of the whole. When we turn our face from the suffering of any being and walk away, we are exiling ourselves from our Beloved. Once we have tasted the glory of our oneness we can never again fall for the illusion of our separation.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Find inspiration in the history of the Beguines, a group of laywomen who lived outside the confines of hierarchy and rules in communities of prayer and service
  • Embody the energy of Tara, Tibetan bodhisattva of compassion grounded in reverence for the essential unity of all beings
  • Identify the burning issues in your heart aligned with the needs of the planet and all who dwell here
  • Develop the ability to access and contain the suffering in the world
  • Cultivate mindfulness skills to sit with what is and not be overwhelmed
  • Build your courage to speak truth to power
  • Learn techniques to energize your body and soften your heart so to be of service joyfully — without burning out
  • Recognize that you are enough and have enough, exactly as you are

Module 6: Honor & Celebrate the Body & Your Sacred Sexuality

The way of the feminine is about reclaiming the holiness of passion, blessing the burning of yearning, and saying yes to the wild, untamed, unrestrained dance of life.

It’s about honoring and celebrating the body. And not just the limited ideals of the body imposed upon us by men. The feminine honors every shape and size and hue of the physical form.

The Divine Feminine is a prism who throws her radiant reflections in all directions. She is desirable and her desires are worthy. Her desires are holy. To desire her is to be blessed.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Create a relationship with Mary Magdalene as a beloved ancestor to guide you in living into your sacred sensuality
  • Freely worship Aphrodite, Olympian goddess of beauty and pleasure
  • Regardless of your stage in life, focus your attention on sexuality as a gift: the incarnation of spirit into your particular body
  • Engage your relationship with the other as a portal to divine union
  • Reclaim holy longing
  • Soften your preconceptions about what an ideal body looks like and adore the body you have

Module 7: Living the Sacred Task of Awakened Parenting

In almost every religious tradition, the patriarchy places greater importance on scriptural study and ritual observance than raising children. Childrearing is an arduous path, a hero’s journey that leads us on harrowing adventures… but parents are rarely acknowledged for the enormity of the task.

Even those who don’t have their own children are, in some way, parenting the world. This is a sacred task… and you’re not alone. In your effort to be a source of nurturing to others, you can draw on the primordial power of the Divine Mother.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Learn why medieval English mystic Julian of Norwich concluded that God must be a mother
  • Drop into the sacred field of mystery, expressed as the Madonna in all Her forms
  • Experiment with transforming the conditioned image of the (white) Father God to the Divine as mother, sister, and lover
  • Allow yourself to feel and metabolize the disappointments of parenting
  • Identify the ways you mother the world
  • Accept your children as your teachers

Module 8: Embodying Our Relationship With Mother Earth

It’s important to find your seat in the center of creation — amidst the awkward, perilous, broken beauty of this life — and access the courage to gather the sorrowing world in your arms. The environmental crisis requires a feminine-centered response.

Rather than relating to a world of duality — perpetrator or victim, sacred or profane, physical or metaphysical — the feminine welcomes everyone to the table. Like the Great Mother, the feminine mystic doesn’t view creation as a damaged object in need of repair… but rather as a beloved child in need of care.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Develop a relationship with Hildegard of Bingen as the quintessential nature mystic
  • Meet the Mesoamerican Earth goddess Ixchel, who weaves the world into being
  • Attune to your purpose as a fierce protector of the Earth
  • Discover what’s yours to give and BE in these times of impending environmental catastrophe
  • Draw on the healing and holding energy of Mother Earth to strengthen your particular prophetic offering

Module 9: Discover the Alchemizing Art of Creativity

There’s a vital connection between creativity and mysticism. To engage with the creative impulse is to agree to a voyage into the heart of the mystery. It bypasses the discursive mind and delivers you to the source of your being.

When you allow yourself to be a conduit for creative energy, you can become a channel for grace. A miraculous event unfolds when you throw the lead of your personal story into the flames of creativity — it alchemizes into gold.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Discover haiku master Chiyo-Ni, contemporary of Basho, whose poetry almost disappeared after her death
  • Forge a bond with Saraswati, Hindu goddess of creativity — who’s available to you as a sacred guide across the creative arts
  • Practice making yourself available to the flow of Shakti… the life force
  • Reclaim your connection to creativity and experience the joy
  • Commit to a creative project and share the result

Module 10: Allowing Self-Forgiveness & the Forgiveness of Others

Every wisdom tradition on the planet emphasizes that compassion is the quintessence of the Holy. The Arabic word rahim, found in the opening lines of the Qur’an and repeated many times a day in the salat (daily prayers), means compassion.

Rahim is also the word for womb. Forgiveness is the face of the Divine Feminine. Each time we allow mercy to enter the shattered spaces of our hearts, we participate in the divine nature. To forgive ourselves is to forge a contract with the Divine Mother: I will mirror you in my own soul. Yet this is not so much a decision as an allowing. It is grace.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Bear witness to the story of Etty Hillesum, who experienced a profound awakening of the heart in the midst of the horror of the Holocaust
  • Take refuge in the merciful embrace of Quan Yin, She Who Hears the Cries of the World
  • Experiment with opening your heart to those who have caused you pain
  • Gather world leaders you know to be perpetrating harm into your prayers
  • Do an inventory of people you have hurt and make active amends
  • Accept your own humanity as sacred, rather than as evidence of your unworthiness

Module 11: Death as a Beautiful Self-Awakening & Deepening of Community

Few of us are inclined to step willingly into the landscape of death and dying, but this is holy ground and great awakening awaits those who cultivate intimacy with such sacred spaces.

It takes effort and courage to break through the veil that Western society has spun around death. We are conditioned to see dying as a failure rather than as a pilgrimage. Both being with the dying and mourning our dead are individual journeys and there are no rules to follow, no laws you can break.

Our grief is directly connected to our love and we must resist being shamed into relinquishing it. When we bear loving witness to each other’s profound losses, we help each other lift and carry the great weight of remembering, bringing our loved ones back from the private shadows of our own heart into the generous light of community.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Contemplate the poetry of the 9th-century Sufi mystic, Rabia, master of ego annihilation
  • Find your own reflection in the myth of Demeter, Earth goddess, and her beloved daughter Persephone, abducted by the god of the underworld
  • Set your intention to hold a space of loving presence at the bedside of a dying friend or relative the next time the opportunity arises
  • Design a memorial service template that reflects your personal values
  • Record your wishes for your own death and what is to be done after you die

Module 12: Take Refuge & Reclaim the Loving Heart of the World

Gaze upon the world’s great wisdom teachings through the eyes of the feminine and reclaim the loving heart of the world. Rather than taking vows, take refuge. Instead of complying with biblical injunctions, embrace the subversive, enlivening message at their core and embody the present moment as holy ground.

Make your soul a sanctuary, not a battlefield. There is nothing to be purified or perfected, only honored and engaged. These are perilous times. Your generosity of spirit is urgently needed.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Consider Buddhism’s Bodhisattva and Refuge vows through the lens of the feminine
  • Reframe the notion of “mitzvah” in Jewish wisdom as an invitation rather than a commandment
  • Make a plan to either join or convene a feminine wisdom community
  • Practice addressing yourself as a beloved child rather than an adversary
  • Imagine a place of loving safety you can return to anytime you feel discouraged or depleted

What Graduates of Mirabai’s Courses Are Saying…

“I am more peaceful and trusting…”

My attunement to myself is more keen and loving. I am more peaceful and trusting that there is indeed divine intervention in our third-world realities. I look forward to any courses Mirabai will teach.
— Michelle Jurika, Piedmont, California

“… celebration of unity among us.”

The course enriched me very much. It is heartwarming to know the fact that we are all called to union with the Divine no matter what our faith tradition is. We are just one. This is a celebration of unity among us.
— Maria Eulalia Banawis, Quezon City, Philippines

“… I feel much more connected to the Divine Feminine…”

Mirabai made so many links between the goddesses of many of the world’s wisdom traditions that I was unaware of and I learned so much. I love this breaking down of barriers, this decompartmentalization, and I now feel more empowered to share those links with friends and family. Also, I feel much more connected to the Divine Feminine than I did before taking this course. Thank you, Mirabai.
— John, Garberville, California

“I feel opened and curious to go further.”

For me, the overall experience of this course has been so richly worthwhile… I feel opened and curious to go further. I love that I can further digest the material and re-attend via the videos, transcripts, and images — this is definitely a value added. I was very moved by Mirabai… her genuine, kind spirit and her intelligence and familiarity with which she graciously delivered the material was very apparent. The tone of the course seemed more like a personal and intimate gathering among like minds instead of the usual electronic presentation.
— Risa, Laguna Niguel, California

“All the courses I have taken with Mirabai have deepened and supported my spiritual practice.”

— Linda, Maryland

“[Mirabai] gives us many tools to help us cultivate our own deep connection with the Divine.”

This is my fourth course with Mirabai and each one takes me deeper into my own inner wisdom. Mirabai is a wonderful, generous teacher who creates a sacred sanctuary for each class that allows for vulnerability and exploration of the Divine. She also shares with us the gifts of other wise teachers. Her own deep work, her chants, her prayers, her personal sharing, allows us to bloom in a new and mystical way. She gives us many tools to help us cultivate our own deep connection with the Divine. In addition to having us think about how we can use our personal gifts in the world, we are reminded that each encounter is a holy one, and making ourselves better creates better relationships and better communities.
— Linda, Long Beach, California

“I have become even more empowered to stand strong as a woman and be my authentic self…”

I have become even more empowered to stand strong as a woman and be my authentic self and know that I make a difference.
— Catherine

“… renewed my courage and [gave] me hope.”

The crisis of the Earth and our current political situation had me locked in fear that I was not even aware of. Remembering the legacy of our ancestors — [Mirabai’s course] has renewed my courage and given me hope.
— Anonymous

“… deeply touched and profoundly moved…”

I am so deeply touched and profoundly moved, and spiritually enriched… Mirabai was beautiful, graceful, knowledgeable, humble while open to the Great Mystery in our midst, and funny too! The course was a gift of inspiration and a call to deeply reflect personally with each of the aspects of Divine Feminine, and how that resonates with my gifts and call to service. I am fortified in my knowing and passion of the importance of circling up and sharing together.
— Arianna Husband, Half Moon Bay, California

More Praise for Mirabai Starr…

“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

“… blessed with the capacity to inspire others…”

It’s 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

“Anyone who comes to her will find their cup will be filled.”

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 mystic scholar

“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

“… 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

“… 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 Mirabai Starr

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. Her latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was named one of the Best Books of 2019 by Spirituality & Practice. Mirabai is on the 2020 Watkins List of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People of the World. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.


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