with William Keepin, PhD and Rev. Cynthia Brix
Monday Evenings 7:00pm to 9:00pm
September 16th to October 28th, 2019
excluding Thanksgiving holiday on October 14
plus a final day-long retreat on Saturday, November 30
DISCOVER THE UNIVERSAL PATH OF LOVE
Explore the hidden frontiers of spirituality, science, and God. You are invited to join us and explore the universal path of divine love – in your own heart, and across the world’s great spiritual and religious traditions.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INCLUDE?
Pease join us to:
- Unravel recent breakthroughs in spirituality and science
- Explore hidden secrets of the heart at the intersection of science and silence
- Unveil the universal path of love across the major spiritual and religious traditions
- Discover scientific breakthroughs that illuminate the universal heart of God
- Learn key mystical insights from some of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time
- Engage in interactive spiritual inquiry and community
- Access the timeless wisdom through your own heart
- Learn contemplative practices that open your heart to God
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This course is open to all, including those who identify as spiritual but not religious (SBNR). Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. However, participants are welcome to join after the course has begun, and will be given background materials to catch up as needed.
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This course is offered free of charge. Donations to Unity Centre are welcome and appreciated. Enquire if childcare is needed.
THE INNER SCIENCE OF THE HEART
The path of Divine Love is intrinsically “inter-spiritual” because it transcends any one religion, yet exists at the foundation of all of them. It has often been hidden or obscured, yet can be discerned through study and practice of mysticism in the major world religions and spiritual traditions. The path of Love also reawakens long-repressed feminine aspects of the human and the Divine which have been denied or underemphasized by patriarchal religion for millennia. This course explores the path of Divine Love, and the spiritual practices and practical inspirations from male and female mystics who help us walk this path in our own lives.
Unfortunately, the vast inner universe of the heart remains largely unexplored and unrealized by most people today. The hidden currents of divine love that flow ceaselessly in the depths of the heart are largely lost upon us because our culture emphasizes almost exclusively the outer concrete realities of physical forms and conceptual structures of the mind, relegating all inner subjective realities to secondary or inferior status as inherently ‘unreal.’ Yet mystics across the traditions testify that the mind cannot comprehend spiritual truths that transcend the mind. “The mind is the slayer of the Real,” say the Hindus. “Understanding the inability to understand is true understanding,” says Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi.
“We advance by not understanding,” declares St. John of the Cross. Catherine of Siena explains, “I had not been able to show, by finite things, because My love was infinite, […] I wished you to see the secret of the Heart.” The words of these mystics point to an altogether different kind of science—the science of the heart, fueled by the power of Love.
“Heaven and earth are too small to contain Me,” declares God in an Islamic Hadith, “but I fit easily inside the heart of my beloved devotee!” Even with its 100 billion galaxies, the universe is much too small to contain God, yet the heart can embrace the fullness of God. By delving deeply into the heart within, we come to know the vast expanses of Divine Love and Truth “out There,” for as the Upanishad says, “what is ‘There’ is here, and what is not here is nowhere.” We ‘know’ these higher realities by becoming them, because the inmost essence of the human being is none other than the transcendent essence of the absolute Godhead.
Mystical experience, as described in sacred texts and the writings of mystics across the traditions, reveals the ways in which spiritual practice of Divine Love opens us to experience more fully the truth of who we are — namely, manifestations of the same Divine Love that shapes the entire cosmos.
Although this vision may sound grandiose, it has a subtle, ecstatic reality that must be explored to be believed.
Unity of Vancouver
5840 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 266-6281