What is the path of the soul? And more to the point, how do you recognize and follow yours? Only by answering these questions – not in theory, but in the flesh of your life – can you discover and follow the track that leads to your most elevated spiritual destiny.
Path of the Soul is nothing other than a curriculum for wholeness, complete with assignments, learning, challenges and tests. Each of us has his or her own curriculum, though not everyone is aware that his or her life-course is a curriculum, nor engages with it consciously. Mussar’s wisdom will be accessible to you, to guide a wise and successful traverse of this path.
COURSE CONTENT, FORMAT & METHODS
This advanced program of Jewish education and practice helps you recognize your own personal program in living and provides you with the tools needed to follow that curriculum – which means growing toward wholeness. The course shines a light on the path of the soul to uncover the stages, levels, dynamics, and pitfalls the soul encounters as it seeks its way toward healing into wholeness.
The middot (soul-traits) included in this curriculum are:
- Vigilance – 4 sessions
- Alacrity – 4 sessions
- Abstinence – 3 sessions
- Purity – 2 sessions
- Piety – 4 sessions
- Humility – 2 sessions
- Fear of Sin – 2 sessions
- Holiness – 1 session
Note: There are several orientation sessions and introduction sessions before the middot begin.
The materials and methods we work on will be there to support your ongoing learning and practice in years to come. It involves several components of Mussar learning and practice:
- An online curriculum (requires access to internet and email) that follows the chapters in Path of the Just (Mesillas Yesharim) by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.
- A peer support group (face-to-face va’ad if locally available, otherwise by internet/phone).
- You will receive a weekly reading focusing on highlights from each chapter of Path of the Just and work with the 9 middot that parallel the chapters.
- Accounting of the soul (cheshbon ha’nefesh) is the core of daily practice, and to support keeping a daily diary, we have developed worksheets for a cheshbon ha’nefesh diary that we will provide to you to print out and use, if you wish.
- You will be matched to a compatible chevruta study partner with whom you will have a meeting or phone discussion every second week. You will be provided with recommended text quotes and discussion questions for your chevruta study session.
- Your small va’ad group of 6-8 people will meet in the alternate week (between chevruta meetings) to discuss the assigned weekly chapter of Path of the Just with the aid of questions and text quotes.
- Process reports mid-way and at the end of the program will help you evaluate your progress with the help of your facilitator or a Mussar Institute mentor.
Completion of Season of Mussar II or Everyday Holiness plus Mussar in Action
Students may go directly into Path of the Soul from Season of Mussar II and Everyday Holiness only with permission of TMI.
At this level, you receive additional training to become a lifelong Mussar learner and practitioner, both independently and as part of the growing Mussar community. An engaged participant in Path of the Soul will come away with:
- A clear understanding of Mussar teachings that describe and light the path of the soul.
- New insight into their own personal spiritual curriculum.
- Tools and practices to help guide his or her soul’s journey.
- A new depth of spiritual maturity.
Enrollment is on an ongoing basis and the start date for a local group will be determined by the local group facilitator.
A distance group will start the week of November 20, 2016. For groups beyond that date, contact TMI for more information.
We require 2-3 weeks of advance notice prior to the start of a new group.
The Path of the Soul course is offered in two formats:
Local: People take the course as two terms, one 16 weeks and one 13 weeks. People who take the first term may opt to continue for the second, but no one can start with the second term.
Distance: The full 29-session course is offered once a year as an internet distance learning program.
Local: The first term is $200 US (16 sessions) and the second term is $160 US (13 sessions)
Your facilitator will tell you whether to pay directly to the institution sponsoring your Local group, or to pay using PayPal/Credit Card at this site.
Distance: $360 US for the full 29-session course.
For withdrawal before the program has begun:100% refund
For withdrawal within the first two weeks after the program has begun: 50% refund
For withdrawal after the first two weeks after the program has begun: no refund
Our distance courses are offered via video conference over Zoom (Mac and PC compatible). Reliable, high-speed Internet connection, a current and valid email account, and computer video camera and microphone are required to participate. Some courses are scheduled based on participant availability; details are provided once you register.
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