A Radical Transformation: Dante, The Wound & The Contemplative Journey
YOU'RE INVITED ON A MYTHIC JOURNEY!
In this mini course based on the acclaimed book Dante's Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul, we engage with the timeless wisdom of one of the greatest poems of all time, The Divine Comedy from 14th century Italian poet Dante Alighieri, read as a map of the soul's journey home to God, and as an access point to the perennial tradition of world contemplatives.
The great spiritual traditions teach of a way of wholeness and vitality. How come so many of our lives fall short of this vision?
What if there was a map pointing the way toward wholeness, toward freedom and vitality, a map of the soul's journey home?
Author and teacher Marc Thomas Shaw unravels the pattern encoded in the great myths and stories, from Homer's Odyssey to Dante's Inferno, a map of the soul's journey home.
This is a journey each of us is invited to take at key inflection points in our lives. When we step back and recognize: the way we're living isn't working anymore.
Something has to change.
This book of practical wisdom for a complete reorientation draws from the great myths and stories, and the teachings of the world mystics.
Take a journey of reflection and inner transformation with the great figures who've gone before serving as a guide.
As part of this course, you'll get:
- A look at the four movements of the soul's journey home in this Divine Comedy:
- Stage I: Waking Up
- Stage II: The Downward Way
- Stage III: The Outward Way
- Stage IV: The Upward Gaze
- Reflections for Deepening & Inner Movement
AS A BONUS, WE'RE INCLUDING:
- A Little Book of Contemplative Practices by Contemplative Light
- Introduction & Chapter I of Dante's Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul
- A Recommended Reading List for the modern contemplative journey
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DANTE'S ROAD:
We're lost. We're trying to get home. With those words, Marc Thomas Shaw aptly summarizes the human predicament and then gathers a host of wise counselors—from mythology, pop culture, spiritual masters, and his own lived experiences—to accompany the reader on an inner journey toward the soul’s true home.
—Kenneth McIntosh, author of Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life
Vulnerable, lonely, and dark—these words describe all of us at times.It’s the human condition. I think Marc is right: we’re lost, and we haveto go through some uncomfortable heat to find our way home. I loved this book.
—Jon M. Sweeney, author of Inventing Hell; coauthor of Meister Eckhart's Book of the Heart
Marc Shaw invites us on a heroic adventure. In reading this text, I experienced new insights into how I too might embrace the shadows of my personal woundedness as open doors to becoming more fully alive.
—Bruce Epperly, author of more than thirty books on spirituality, including Become Fire! Guideposts for Interspiritual Pilgrims
Marc Shaw's book invites you onto a rich journey of descent with wise guides and practices to help support the path. He offers lots of practical ways to explore the themes. It is a book to be worked through slowly, with lots of possibility for transformation and discovery.
—Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, author of twelve books on spirituality, including The Soul's Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred
With clear-eyed wisdom and an engaging style, Marc Thomas Shaw is our Beatrice, guiding the pilgrim through the often painful, mysterious, and beautiful journey of the soul, ever reminding us that we are all just “trying to get home.
—Christiana Peterson, author of Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR COURSES:
"Many consider the Christian mystics
tangential to Christianity as a whole. I am happy that this certainly is
not the case for Clint Sabom and Marc Thomas Shaw of
Both see the Christian mystics as central to Christianity, especially
for twenty-first century seekers, who hunger for direct personal
experience. And both have a personal passion for the mystics. Their new
course highlights the history of 20 Christian mystics and shows their
relevance for our spiritual journeys today. Highly recommended!"
Dr. Amos Smith, author of 'Be Still And Listen'
“You exceeded my expectations, thank you. It is a valuable overview, and so helpful to place the mystics into their historical context. I appreciated the many original sources you provided. The additional teaching on non-duality, healing and Q&A are excellent. Thank you!!!” Mary D., Cleveland, OH
THIS COURSE, A $90 VALUE, WILL BE OFFERED FOR A LIMITED TIME AT 100% DISCOUNT WITH THE GIFT CODE: DANTESROAD
PS If now is not the right time for you, we get it. This is a pretty daunting subject weaving together a ton of reading and research collected over several years, but not everybody is at the place where they want that broad sweeping overview. Our purpose at Contemplative Light is to provide contemplatives, clergy, spiritual directors, and healers with resources for their spiritual journey and for those they serve. If you're interested in our FREE introductory mini-course, take a look here. If you have a suggestion for a course or resource you need, let us know at [email protected] If you're interested in a particular mystic or ongoing conversations about contemplation and mysticism in general, subscribe to our podcast here.
Marc is Executive Director at Contemplative Light. He is an award-winning instructor and author focusing on the contemplative path as a means of inner transformation. He has been a Centering Prayer Practitioner for over a decade and is a presenter-in-training with Contemplative Outreach. He is also the author of the book Dante's Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul, based loosely on Dante’s Divine Comedy, drawing on poetry and music for transformational exercises. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a member of the Tau Community of Interfaith Franciscans, and a founding member of http://www.contemplativelight.com. Read more at www.marcthomasshaw.com.