Mystical Traditions and the Sacred Journey of Transformation - Narrative, Ritual, and Entheogens

College University of Trinity College, Faculty of Divinity
Instructor(s) Ready, Geoffrey
Course Code TRP3261HF
NOTE: Graduate degree students enrol in TRP6261HF
Semester First Semester
Section 101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

This course presents the mystical traditions of Christianity with reference to other faith practices as the experience of a sacred journey of transformation according to the narrative pattern of life, death, and resurrection (or in Richard Rohr’s contemporary expression, “order, disorder, and reorder”). As we examine the rich history of Christian mystical experience and parallels within other ancient spiritual traditions, we will recognise the special role of entheogens, or sacred fungus and plant medicines, alongside other practices, in facilitating or deepening transcendent experience. We will examine the potential role of entheogens in mystical encounters today, mindful of both ethical considerations and diverse perspectives on their usage. Interdisciplinary reflection will draw upon research in human consciousness, psychology, anthropology, comparative mysticism, medicine, and spiritual care, and invited guest speakers from different contexts, including indigenous spiritual leaders and clinical researchers studying the benefits of psychedelic therapy (including for addiction, trauma, and end-of-life care), will assist students as future faith leaders and spiritual care providers to develop a holistic and coherent response to the current psychedelic revival. We will emphasise harm reduction and overall wellbeing, and uphold sacred narrative, ritual, and spiritual disciplines as essential elements of the “set and setting” for a healthy and transformative use of entheogens. Structured around the key concepts, practices, and texts of mystical tradition, as well as the lives and teachings of influential mystics within Christianity and beyond, the course provides the opportunity to explore the ongoing invitation of the sacred journey of transformation – both with and without entheogenic aids – for us to embrace change, navigate challenges, accept inner healing, experience personal and spiritual growth, and establish a more profound and interdependent connection with the divine, with others, and all creation. Please note that this course neither condones nor encourages illicit or unsafe behaviour.

Schedule Sat
Start & End Date May 11, 2024 - Jul 6, 2024
Start Time 10:00
End Time 16:00
Hours Per Week 3
Minimum Enrolment 5
Maximum Enrolment 15
Enrolment Notes
  • This course will meet six times over nine weeks: 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 1 June, 15 June, 6 July
  • Deadline to enroll and pay: May 11
  • Deadline to drop course: May 18
Means of Evaluation
Currently Offered Summer 2024