Hope can often feel beyond our grasp when we are stuck in cycles of trauma. Learn to recognize attachments of the mind and heart through a deep exploration of past trauma and find your path forward.
The suffering associated with any attachment is real. Mystical Sobriety invites us to deepen our sense of oneness and develop the strength to face our hurts with Love. As our inner witness comes to recognize our attachments, however, we begin to learn that vulnerability is the path to love, freedom, and transformation. Students will learn the tools to habituate this way of being through teachings, contemplative rhythm, practice, and reflection.
Drawing from his years as a spiritual teacher and therapist, James Finley brings new insight to our unhealthy habitual patterns and their impact on our well-being, guiding students into a sense of wholeness that transcends and permeates our feelings of brokenness.
Students will be asked to do some deep reflective work and processing on past trauma. As with any deep, interior work, this may challenge you or cause discomfort. We strongly encourage students to enlist the support of a companion on this journey, such as a spiritual director, therapist, sponsor, pastor, or trusted friend.
Mystical Sobriety includes four LIVE virtual calls with James Finley guiding students through the tender seriousness of this material and answering questions. Learn more about this opportunity below in the Course Details section.
Mystical Sobriety is a 12-week online course. Students should expect to invest 2–4 hours per week in the teaching, practices, and personal reflections. There is an additional “Next 90 Days,” during which students process what they have learned by engaging in exercised designed by James Finley.
The rhythm for this course is modeled after the four movements of Lectio Divina. Students are encouraged to prepare themselves for this structure by listening to Jim teach on them in an episode of his podcast.
This course will also include four LIVE virtual calls with James Finley at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. US Pacific Time, introducing students to the tender seriousness of this material and answering questions (with replays available). Attendance at these calls is encouraged, but not required. Recordings will be available within a few days of the call.
In this course, students will be asked to do some deep reflective work and processing on past trauma. As with any deep, interior work, this may challenge you or cause discomfort. Revisiting past traumas can awaken hidden or dormant hurts and vulnerabilities.
We encourage students to thoughtfully consider to what degree they can safely engage in this vulnerable work. Having the support of a trusted friend, therapist, or spiritual director may be necessary for a student.
We strongly encourage students to enlist the support of a companion on this journey, such as a spiritual director, therapist, sponsor, pastor, or trusted friend.
There will be no interaction with teaching assistants or students in this course. Students are instead encouraged to process and dialog with the companion they have chosen to join them on their journey.
We recommend students have some familiarity with 12 Step philosophies, Breathing Under Water (online course or book) or have participated in professional trauma work.
The cost for this course is $497. While this price accurately reflects production costs (including the live virtual calls), we believe that finances should not be a barrier to participation. That is why we have made two additional price levels available at $374 and $249.
These additional levels have been subsidized with scholarship money donated by generous members of our community who believe in making the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition available to more people. We encourage you to select the price you are most able to afford.
Because this course asks us to revisit our traumatic personal histories, which can be a long and daunting journey, Mystical Sobriety is divided into two parts: