Saint John of the cross: luminous Darkness
A collection of my favorite prose passages and poems by St. John of the Cross, many of which I translated myself, woven with my own poetic reflections of the distilled essence of John’s mystical teachings.
Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction 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 inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book, WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was named one of the “Best Books of 2019”. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
“What I love most about all of Mirabai Starr’s work, including the magical new WILD MERCY, is that she writes with such joyful energy about all facets of spirituality, through a passionately feminine lens. She writes about truth, her gravest loss, and most profound resurrections, infinite joy, and the stillness at the center of all things.
In Wild Mercy, she turns her encyclopedic knowledge of all wisdom traditions and rituals to the women mystics and saints she so loves and lives by, to Mother Earth, to the mothers of all ages and genders who have nourished and guided and comforted us, and given us life, joy, the deepest healing, and a lot of light to see by.”
~ Anne Lamott,
Author of Hallelujah Anyway and Help Thanks Wow
It is with great pleasure and delight that I endorse the work of Mirabai Starr, whom I find to be a soul companion as well as a professional colleague.
Ever since I met her when she was a teenager at the Lama Foundation, Mirabai Starr has been absorbed in the teachings of the great mystic saints, especially the women. Like her namesake, the poet-saint Mirabai, she brings to her work an intense love of God and a passion for the Beloved. My Guru said, “Love is the best medicine.” Mirabai will help open up your heart to love.
Mirabai is an authentic mystic, a true teacher and a wonderful soul. Anyone who comes to her will find their cup will be filled. I recommend her as a person and as a teacher with great confidence and joy.
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