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The Unio Mystica According to Otto Rank, Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, Mary Oliver & Others

Broadcast on June 28, 2023
With Matthew Fox
Hosted by James Twyman

Otto Rank (d. 1939), who's finally getting the attention he deserves as the father of humanistic psychology, says that the Unio Mystica is the ultimate solution to humanity's “original wound” of separation we experience at birth, and we undergo this union “in love and art.” Do mystics such as Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, Mary Oliver, and others bear this out? Does today's science assist us also? Matthew Fox explores these questions and people in a rich discussion you won't want to miss.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • An introduction to the spiritual and psychological genius of Otto Rank, who calls for the healing of humanity by way of the Unio Mystica
  • How the mystics such as Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, and Mary Oliver name the Unio Mystica and call us to our own deepest experiences
  • An experiential journey sharing poetry of some of the mystics
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Matthew Fox

Renowned Spiritual Pioneer & Author of More Than 40 Books

Matthew Fox is a prolific author of books dedicated to renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality, including Original Blessing... A Spirituality Named Compassion... and Christian Mystics. This earth-based mystical tradition is feminist, welcoming of the arts and artists, honors Indigenous wisdom, works with science, and is committed to interfaith approaches and eco, social, and gender justice.

Matthew’s effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has sparked awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, and the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas, as well as the wisdom tradition that nurtured Jesus. Matthew’s work helps reconnect science and spirituality by honoring the sacredness of the Cosmos, and interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics. He believes that “by reinventing work, education, and worship, we can bring about a nonviolent revolution on our planet.”

Matthew received his doctorate summa cum laude in the history and theology of spiritualities from the Institut Catholique de Paris. A member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, he established an Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that operated for seven years at Mundelein College in Chicago, and for 12 years at Holy Names University in Oakland.

He founded the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland in 1996 and was president and professor until 2005 when he left to create a pilot project to reinvent the educational experience for inner-city teenagers.

Matthew is a recipient of many awards, including the Gandhi King Ikeda Award from Morehouse College, which is awarded for dedication to peace, unity, nonviolence, and justice. He also received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award —other recipients have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Matthew Fox