Sounds True's "Flames that Light the Heart" with Mark Nepo
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Ten Lessons on Living with Meaning, Truth, and Kindness
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 21 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify and overcome spiritual obstacles
  • Draw strength from the common human experience of pain and fear
  • Restore trust and move towards reconciliation
  • Become more awake, more compassionate, and more at peace
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  • An open mind
  • A physical or digital journal for reflection exercises

“The point of experience is not to escape life but to live it.” —Mark Nepo

Flames That Light the Heart brings you into the company of author and teacher Mark Nepo for a rich conversation on the life of transformation and the heartwork that is required to be a spirit in the world. The intention: To help you live with meaning, truth, and kindness in your own personal way.

“Each of us carries some wisdom waiting to be discovered at the center of our experience, and everything we meet, if faced and held, reveals a part of that wisdom,” explains Mark. Still, time exposes the story of our lives with its friction, wearing away the film that covers our eyes and the calluses that guard our heart, till we can inhabit the wonder waiting under the skin of everything.

How can we meet this process? How can we ready ourselves? Who and what do we listen to along the way? How do we listen to life and not to what life does to us when suffering and loss meet us at every turn? How do we make sense of our experience?

“My offering here is to explore these challenges and introduce you to your own wisdom and gifts, and through our time together to help you personalize the ways you can nourish the spark of life we each carry inside.”

Flames That Light the Heart is an invitation to ten video sessions where Mark will explore the passages that open us, as well as the skills and ways of being that help us meet the difficulties that life brings us. Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling, and dialogue, Mark will explore what it means to be transformed by what we go through and how to access the skills and inner resources for learning, growing, and healing.

“Meaning, truth, and kindness are our constant teachers,” Mark explains. “They are flames that light the heart with a burning quality we must endure in order to receive that light.” Join him in this intimate conversation on our shared “growing pains of transformation” and the art of living “as an awakened part in an awakened whole.”

Who is the target audience?
  • Those wanting to be more awake & more open-hearted
  • Those wanting to cultivate gratitude, compassion, and spiritual freedom
  • Those seeking comfort and truth in vulnerability
Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
2 Lectures 07:50

How to Take This Course
The Precious Human Birth
3 Lectures 40:30
The Precious Human Birth: Introduction

The Precious Human Birth: Reflection
The Life of Obstacles
3 Lectures 42:37
The Life of Obstacles: Introduction

The Life of Obstacles: Lesson

The Life of Obstacles: Reflection
The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
3 Lectures 25:44
The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: Introduction

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: Lesson

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: Reflection
Pain and the Nature of Suffering
3 Lectures 37:17
Pain and the Nature of Suffering: Introduction

Pain and the Nature of Suffering: Lesson

Pain and the Nature of Suffering: Reflection
Fear and Things as They Are
3 Lectures 44:02
Fear and Things as They Are: Introduction

Fear and Things as They Are: Lesson

Fear and Things as They Are: Reflection
Making Sense of Our Experience
3 Lectures 44:21
Making Sense of Our Experience: Introduction

Making Sense of Our Experience: Lesson

Making Sense of Our Experience: Reflection
Restoring Trust
3 Lectures 48:48
Restoring Trust: Introduction

Restoring Trust: Lesson

Restoring Trust: Reflection
The Sorrow and the Peace
3 Lectures 31:03
The Sorrow and the Peace: Introduction

The Sorrow and the Peace: Lesson

The Sorrow and the Peace: Reflection
The Temple Is the World
3 Lectures 30:19
The Temple Is the World: Introduction

The Temple Is the World: Lesson

The Temple Is the World: Reflection
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About the Instructor
Sounds True
4.6 Average rating
8,660 Reviews
49,250 Students
18 Courses
Publisher of book, audio, and video titles in the fields of self-development, personal growth, and spirituality

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than two decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding purpose, as summed up in our Vision Statement:

Sounds True exists to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. Our approach to publishing is not dependent on a single format or technology—rather, we strive with every title to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of the author, artist, or spiritual teacher. It is our goal to create products that not only provide information to a reader or listener, but that also embody the essential quality of a wisdom transmission between a teacher and a student.

Throughout the years, Sounds True has developed a guiding philosophy that we call "multiple bottom lines." Our dedication to this principle is embodied in our Mission Statement:

The mission of Sounds True is to find teachers and artists who serve as a gateway to spiritual awakening and to produce, publish, and distribute their work with beauty, intelligence, and integrity. We treat our authors, vendors, and partners in the same way we would want to be treated. We work flexibly and efficiently together to create a cooperative, loving environment that honors respectful authenticity and individual growth. We maintain a healthy level of profitability so that we are an independent and sustainable employee-owned organization.

The three essential bottom lines for Sounds True are the integrity of our purpose, the well-being of our people, and the maintaining of healthy profits. All three of these priorities are important in the decisions we make as a company. It is our conviction that each of these bottom lines must be healthy for the company to prosper as a whole.

In our history as a publisher, Sounds True has produced a wide variety of formats in order to fulfill our goal of disseminating spiritual wisdom.

Mark Nepo
4.9 Average rating
27 Reviews
239 Students
1 Course
Bestselling author, poet, and philosopher

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 40 years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published 19 books and recorded 14 audio projects. 

Mark has been interviewed several times by Oprah Winfrey as part of her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, and was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. Mark’s work is widely accessible and used in spiritual retreats, healing and medical communities, and more. His work has been translated into 20 languages, and he continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats.