During Advent, the nights grow longer and our sense of a profound and holy silence deepens. Then at the Winter Solstice that holy miracle occurs: The light begins to grow again. We can think of no better time of year to reflect together on how mysticism lights up our everyday lives, in an interplay of reverence and wonder where nothing is excluded from the heart.

To allow for that reflection, this e-course gathers quotes to last from the First Sunday of Advent through the 12th Day of Christmas. It draws from the writings of Carl McColman, Ursula King, Richard Rohr, Mirabai Starr, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Evelyn Underhill, Diarmuid O'Murchu, Terry Tempest Williams, and many more people for whom daily life holds an infectious vibrancy and enchantment.

These quotes span a range of spiritual traditions. "All mystics come from the same country and speak the same language," St. Martin of Tours once said. Mystics revitalized early and medieval Christianity; they built a sturdy path as Sufis within Islam; they created a worthy series of devotional resources in Hasidism and Kabbalah in Judaism; they encouraged a "don't know" practice in Zen and Dzogchen Buddhism; and they brought to Hinduism a tradition of inspiring transformation. Each mystical path brings us insights into our own spiritual quest, and together in this e-course we can learn from each other's perspectives.

When you sign up for this e-course, you will receive:

  • An inspirational quotation every day during Advent and the twelve days of Christmas (34 days).
  • A link to our review of the book where we found the quote.
  • An accompanying reflective reading practice (akin to Lectio Divina).

We wish you and your loved ones joy in this season of renewed light!

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