Falling in Love with the World: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism
If we are ever to find the strength to care for ourselves, for one another and for our amazing planet, we need a motivation beyond simple duty and ethics. The Christian mystical tradition can help us by enabling us to fall in love with the beauty of the world, in union with the Great
Mystery – God – and with Sophianic Wisdom. The mystics teach us to discover the Divine in the core of all things, and also to find this sacredness within our own inner depths. They situate humanity not only in the non dual place between union and communion, but within the inner life of the Godhead itself. Here, in union with Christ, we each become the unique lens through which the divine Beloved – both God and Sophia, Father and Mother – know and celebrate themselves with our awe, wonder and desire. In the process, we discover that our longing for love is Love’s longing for us. Our suffering is transformed by being taken up into our Source, enabling us to unite our sufferings to the evolution of the world, thereby empowering us to experience freedom and creativity in our quest to heal the earth.
The presentation will focus on the lessons and insights that Stephen Hatch has gleaned through forty years of living as a “worldly monk” with a family, and through the insights of such mystics of Origen of Alexandria, William of St. Thierry, Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, George Fox, Howard Thurman, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Thomas Merton, Madam Jeanne Guyon, Sebastian Franck, Hadewijch, John Muir, Cynthia Bourgeault and Thomas Keating.