Great Awakenings

Immerse Yourself in the Joy of Spiritual Reflection with 12 Inspired Mystics.

with Amy Edelstein & Chris Parish

A FREE 12 part e-course

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Do you remember one book that set you on your spiritual quest?

Was there a mystic who ignited your passion for a truth beyond reach that still felt closer-than-close?

Did you ever come across a new way of thinking that transported you into a different world of possibility?

The spiritual freedom realized by individuals from different cultures shows us different ways to create a better future. Their profound care and unique expressions fuels our own passion to transform ourselves and the world we share. In this series, you will meet 12 mystics, each with an inspired heart and far-reaching vision, and you will discover a way to contemplate their works that will enrich your spiritual practice.

What’s included

  • 12 entertaining, educational & inspirational email lessons.
  • Curated quotes that showcase the unique beauty of each mystic.
  • Personal accounts from Amy & Chris about how each visionary opened up their own spiritual hearts.
  • A memorable biographical picture of the mystic and the times they lived in.

Allow yourself to

  • Discover unexpected facts about some of today’s great masters.
  • Experience how varied and uplifting the portal to awakened insight can be.
  • Believe anew in the possibility of a spiritual view that fertilizes the soul and the mind.

Take each one with you

  • Savor each installment on your lunchbreak. Your co-workers will wonder what mini-vacation you just went on.
  • Start your meditation with a reading and experience new depth and openness.
  • Share these in your book study group, with your partner, friend, child and delight in the conversation that emerges.
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I felt well supported (without being confronted with anything in particular). The program works in subtle ways. Amy lets you walk your own way, at your own pace but with guidance and support.

Amy’s answers to questions came out of vast personal experiences, often challenging because of the subtlety of the questions–and always asked with compassion.

The 12 Featured Spiritual Visionaries
You Will Learn About

Abraham Joshua Heschel

20th Century theologian, rabbinic scholar, mystic, and courageous civil rights activist.

Irina Tweedie

20th Century Russian born teacher of the Naqshbandiyya- Mujadiddiya Sufi Order.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

20th Century profoundly influential and independent Indian thinker.

Teilhard de Chardin

Jesuit priest, award-winning paleontologist, and one of the leading voices of evolutionary spirituality.


15th Century Indian poet and lover of the Divine

Alfred North Whitehead

More than a mathematician and evolutionary thinker, a philosopher and cultural commentator and spiritual visionary.

Vimala Thakar

Spiritual activist in the Indian land re-distribution movement, powerful voice of inner freedom.

Buddha, from the Pali Canon

Bhikkhu Nanamoli author of the most readable and memorable translation of the Buddha’s life .

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Father of American Trancendentalism, mystic, philosopher, the great sage of Concord.

Lama Yeshe

One of the early and most loved Tibetan teachers who brought Enlightenment and the graduated path of awakening to the West.

Ram Dass

cultural revolutionary from Harvard, LSD pioneer, social activist, who broke new ground and then sowed many seeds.

Ramana Maharshi

The saint from Tiruvanamalai, powerful transmitter of Vedantic nondual philosophy and common sense living.

About the Teachers

Amy Edelstein, cofounder of Emergence Education, is a gifted educator, writer, and spiritual mentor committed to individual transformation and the evolution of our shared cultural values. She is a clinical pastoral chaplain, the first Evolutionary Spirituality interfaith minister ordained by the Council of Interfaith Churches, and holds the OUnI Wisdom Keeper chair in Evolutionary Spirituality. Amy has a background in Judaic philosophy, and also studied with a number of preeminent Vedantic and Buddhist teachers in Asia in the early 1980s, before beginning her practice of evolutionary spirituality in the West in 1986. She has written numerous articles about various contemporary philosophers and is the author of the Love, Marriage & Evolution among other books.

Chris Parish is a leading voice in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. Having begun his path as a meditator in India in the 1970s, Chris has spent over forty years immersing himself in the practice of individual and collective spiritual transformation and philosophical inquiry. He is best known for his pioneering work across three continents with transformational dialogue practices and collective emergence. Trained in ecology and homeopathy, Chris has a strong affinity with the beauty, insight, and stillness found in natural surroundings. Twenty years ago, he cofounded and directed an educational charity in London. He is author of an insightful work about evolving British culture entitled Being British: Our Once & Future Selves.