Level Two - History/Philosophy
- What the Mystics Taught
- It's All God
- Edinburgh Lectures
- Emerson's Essays
- Bible History & Scholarship
- Metaphorical Approach to the Bible
- Metaphysical Bible
- Myth and Spirit
- Creative Process In the Individual – Thomas Troward
This course is an exploration of mysticism, what it is and what it is not. It provides the framework for the student to live a more mystical life in present time. Each student sets a personal intention for his or her life. Emphasis is given to the practice of meditation and the practice of witnessing consciousness.
Textbook: The Essential Mystics:The Soul’s Journey into Truth, Andrew Harvey
7 Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic, Joan Borysenko
This course takes a long view of the development of New Thought Religious Science. In It’s All God, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of where Religious Science came from, learn to see the Divine in everything and everyone, and come to understand why New Thought is poised to become the spirituality for the 21st Century.
Textbook: It’s All God, Walter Starke
Companion Workbook, Walter Starke and Dr. Dennis M.Jones
Edinburgh Lectures of Thomas Troward (Prerequisite for Practitioner Studies)
Based on the classic lecture series, the Edinburgh Lectures have inspired nearly every other early New Thought writer. Delivered by Judge Thomas Troward in Scotland in 1908.They have served as the touchstone for metaphysical thinking to this day. Troward’s mind is logical, brilliant, and extremely precise. This class is excellent for the serious student of New Thought.
Textbook: The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science, Thomas Troward
Emerson’s Essays ( Prerequisite for Practitioner Studies)
Ralph Waldo Emerson was the most quoted, most inspirational writer in America for over a hundred years. His concept of American Voice, of Self-Reliance, and of The Oversoul have influenced the New Thought movement profoundly. He is quoted by all the great metaphysical writers and he was the first to break through traditional Christianity in such a way as to inspire multitudes to higher thought. Background information on Emerson’s times and his fellow members of the Transcendentalist circle is covered. They include Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman.
Textbook: Emerson’s Essays, Ralph Waldo Emerson
This course is about the bible. It examines the history and the many misconceptions of the most published book of all time, with special attention to the fallacies of fundamental interpretation. The course looks at the most recent advances in bible scholarship, including the discovery of the Hag Hammadi texts [Gnostic in origin] and the Dead Sea Scrolls. This class is an excellent background course for the New Thought student who want to know more about the bible.
Textbook: Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, John Shelby Spong & The Bible
This is a look at the Bible as story, Bible as myth. Drawing from sources as diverse as Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Aesop, Joseph Cambell and Jelaluddin Rumi, this course looks at many life stories in the Bible, where we play each character.
Many students of New Thought are familiar with Rocco Errico and his translations of the Bible. This course looks at the metaphysical meanings of the parables and familiar stories you remember from childhood.
Text: The Bible (King James version)
Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Charles Fillmore
Ten Words that will Change Your Life, Erwin Seale
Joseph Campbell was perhaps the greatest thinker of the 20th Century. His writings cover a vast range of spirituality, culture, and human mythology. His presence, which most people only experience through the wonderful Power of Myth video series, was transcendent. This course takes an overview of Campbell’s work, helping the novice and scholar alike make sense of their own personal mythology.
Textbook: Reflections on the Art of living, A Joseph Campbell Companion-Diane K. Osborn
The Hero With a Thousand Faces-Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth-Joseph Campbell/Bill Moyers