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The Wild Heart of the Women Mystics

Broadcast on June 26, 2023
With Mirabai Starr
Hosted by James Twyman

In this session, Mirabai Starr explores three women mystics — Clare of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich. While all three saints were rooted in the Christian tradition, their connection to the Divine transcends religious identification, and extends in practical ways to our own lives today as we strive to walk in peace and beauty, balancing contemplative life with compassionate action in the world.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Clare of Assisi was a powerful teacher in her own right and models a path of contemplative practice and compassionate service
  • Teresa of Avila's visions and raptures were balanced by her revolutionary reform of the church, and her passion ignites our own
  • Julian of Norwich lived during the plague, yet offers optimistic theology showing us how to make meaning of our hardships
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Mirabai Starr

Interspiritual Author, Speaker, Retreat Leader & Translator of the Mystics

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.

Mirabai’s book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was named one of the Best Books of 2019 by Spirituality & Practice. It’s essential reading for anyone ready to awaken the feminine mystic within and birth her loving, creative, and untamed power into the world.

Mirabai has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul and Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle. She is author of the poetry collection Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer William Hart McNichols, and the award-winning book God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The transparency of her journey through grief in her memoir, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, is a gift to those who are struggling with unimaginable losses.

Mirabai was named one of 2020’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine.

Mirabai Starr