Wisdom Graduate School’s full spectrum transformational learning offers a variety of different pathways through which you can embark on your particular course of study or inquiry. They are designed as pathways of participation, including: archival material, video clips, experiments in communal living, virtual seminars, community calls, and—at the core of our graduate school—in-person seminars and pilgrimages. Following are several of domains of study you can experience through these different modalities.
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At the foundation of our Wisdom School are the mystical and philosophical traditions of the great civilizations. The university was established to explore these traditions in the spirit of “deep ecumenism.” There are many rivers, and one source. The mystical traditions of all the great religions, as well as the newer sciences, point to this underlying source.
In our graduate school you will find courses covering the great mystics of many traditions. We have offered, for example, courses covering Kabbalah, medieval Christian mysticism, Sufism, Taoism, Earth Wisdom, and Tibetan Buddhism. You will be able to study Greek philosophy and learn what was meant by the pursuit of wisdom as a way of life. In addition, we probe the planetary condition through a robust exploration of the newer sciences as they relate to the mystical journey.
You will be able to study with a range of brilliant and internationally-known wisdom teachers, whom we call “mystics without monasteries.” Many are Distinguished Faculty of the Wisdom Graduate School, including Ray Moody, Stan and Christina Grof, Andrew Harvey, Caroline Myss, Joan Borysenko, Linda Tucker, Richard Tarnas, Angeles Arrien, Lucia Capaccione, Apela Colorado, and Jean Houston. In addition, members of our leadership team teach regularly, including Jim Garrison, Jim Hickman, Judith Yost, Mark Ryan, Peter Merry, and Will Taegel.
SACRED LEADERSHIP: The Wisdom Factor
We are co-creating with our students and faculty a form of leadership that we call “The Wisdom Factor.” The Wisdom Factor has many dimensions that, like the facets of a diamond, contribute to its core brilliance. One facet of our model proposes a field-centric leadership whereby the role of leaders is to connect with the larger resources of the Universe through an intimate community that includes both humans and the entire circle of life. Another facet of leadership is offered through a collaboration with Ubiquity’s MBA program, which embraces Spiral Dynamics and other more traditional leadership forms. We recognize that current global conditions call for the creation of new and often disruptive models of leadership as well as more traditional approaches.
The Wisdom School considers the globe as its classroom. We take our Intensives and our faculty to our students who come from all over the world. We thus hold our Intensives throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Students in Europe, for example, can obtain Wisdom graduate degrees without ever leaving the continent. Likewise, students in North America can take all their courses there. In the spirit of a global institution, we take our faculty, students and alumni to those sites where teaching can have the most potency.
However, because we hold our courses around the world, we are able to connect the teaching of sacred subjects with sacred sites. In the spirit of a global institution, we take our faculty, students and alumni to those sites where teaching can have the most potency. It is one thing to study Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna in a classroom in Atlanta. It is a completely different matter to study these themes in France in the traditional places associated with Mary Magdalene and where some of the most dramatic Black Madonna sites can be found. Other recent pilgrimages have been tothe Caves of Dordogne, Ireland, and sacred sites in Greece and Turkey, and South Africa.
While our pilgrimages extend to various power points around the globe, we have a bifocal emphasis of pilgrimages to Chartres in France and Teotihuacan in Mexico. In these annual journeys, we keep Ubiquity/Wisdom grounded in both the mystical approaches, such as those explored in Chartres, and in the primordial Earth Wisdom that radiates from the architecture of Teotihuacan and its surrounding Toltec communities.
We do not know of another institution of higher learning that has embraced the notion of globe as classroom with quite the intensity of Wisdom Graduate School. This commitment is the cornerstone of who we are and how we view our students as global citizens.
EARTH WISDOM AND THE PRIMORDIAL MIND
There is human wisdom and there is the wisdom that emanates from Earth herself. Human communities have developed mythologies and traditions based on religion, culture, and the challenges of civilization. But there is a deeper wisdom; there are deeper mythologies; and these come from Earth and Cosmos.
This dimension of our graduate inquiry derives from the understanding that Earth is not just dirt beneath our feet, which we can exploit without conscience and without thought of consequence. She is a living presence, with intelligence, consciousness, and intention, and it is our challenge to align with her as the wellspring for the values, inspiration, and priorities that we need for a meaningful and sustainable life. With every step we take, we tread on holy ground. Indeed, through our education, we become an aspect of Earth.
Walking through this pathway, you will be invited to take off your shoes off and approach the burning bush. It is there you will find the light to guide you. In this way we join a larger Return Project that calls humans to return to the circle of life after a long estrangement.
EXPLORING THE EDGE
Wisdom University is motivated by the spirit of inquiry. All of our courses are question driven. We encourage our students to explore the boundaries of existence and to question all of their assumptions. This leads inevitably to the frontier, to the edge of the mystery.
This approach to learning and to truth is particularly important in times such as ours characterized as they are by change, turbulence and transition. All around us something is dying and something is being born, something is decaying and fading away and something is emerging and generating new life. In many ways, we are in the world of the “in between”—a world in which the past is dying but has not completely receded and the new is emerging but is not yet solid enough to ground our hope. The center does not hold, a new center has not formed.
This makes ours a time of the maverick and the heretic, a time when the journey is more important than the destination, a time when exploration is more pertinent than certainty. Mavericks and heretics take us to the edge. It is only from there that new truths arise to shape the future we yearn for.