A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Mysticism

Exploring the Threefold Mystical Pathway
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The Threefold path of Christian mysticism and how it can relate to one's personal spiritual growth


  • Have an interest in Christian spirituality or Christian mysticism


If you are a seeker of Christian wisdom, wish to grow your spirituality and connection with the Divine, or dive deeper into the wonder of Christian mysticism, this foundational course is for you. In this course you will gain a working definition of Christian mysticism, learn about the two approaches to Christian mysticism, briefly review the foundations of Christian mysticism, and explore the heart of the mystical process: the threefold way and the dark night of the soul. You will also see how this mystical process can enrich your own spiritual growth. There are reflection activities for you to engage with so you can better integrate the information you receive here into your personal life, should you like to participate.

Who this course is for:

  • Those who desire to learn about Christian mysticism, its mystical path, and/or a desire to pursue spiritual development


Spiritual Director
Ramona Harris
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 78 Reviews
  • 988 Students
  • 5 Courses

Ramona Harris is the author of, Awakening the Mystic in You, Messages of Light from the Christian Mystics. She has also created an inspirational card deck entitled, The Wisdom of the Christian Mystics and penned an article for the Spiritual Director’s International Presence Journal called Ten Steps to Awaken Your Inner Mystic. Ramona presents topics on Christian mystics and the women Doctors of the Church. She has been a spiritual director since 2005 receiving her training at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. She was on the Institute for Catholic Spirituality and Spiritual Directors’ training team bringing a three-year spiritual director training program to the Central Valley of CA. She has a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Institute for Ministry, where she focused on Christian spirituality and cultivated an affinity for the Christian mystics. She also has a master’s degree in Education-Counseling from California State University, Stanislaus. Her bachelor’s degree is in Sociology. Ramona was a faculty member for the School of Ministry at the Catholic Diocese of Stockton. There she taught courses on Adult Faith Development, Mary, the Mother of God, Spirituality, the Profession of Faith and Theological Reflection.  She is retired from the California community college system and served for many years as a college counselor. Prior to that, Ramona worked as a social worker and manager for the local county Community Services Agency. Ramona is passionate about the Christian mystics and will share their stories with anyone who will listen.

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