Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | March 31, 2011

Last Reminder: Study Interfaith Mysticism in NYC on Sunday

Join us for the class “Interfaith Mysticism” at The New Seminary:

The New Seminary, 2672 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd)

“INTERFAITH MYSTICISM”    Sunday, April 3, 2011 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If a cosmology is a worldview, mysticism is a way to experience and embody that vision, or to break through into a new worldview.  It can allow one either to create a new cosmology or to experience a cosmology more fully.  The mystic interiorizes the mythology and cosmology of a culture, allowing for new and deeper creative expressions; at the same time, the mystic can travel to the edge of the cosmos and the periphery of a culture, re-imagining and recreating its myths and cosmologies.  Mysticism is often unknown and unnecessary when a cosmology is functional, but when we have become alienated from the cosmos—that is, if a cosmology is dysfunctional as in modernity—we require a mystical transformation, to cross the border into a new way of perceiving.  This can be a perilous journey, however, narrow as a razor’s edge.  Often, mysticism becomes a practice of pure transcendence, of leaving the world behind.  This class will be an exploration of functional mysticisms—those that lead to deeper connection and communion and, ultimately, greater compassion.

From Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth

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