V  I  S  I  O  N

Seven Pillars House of Wisdom is dedicated to cultivating individual and collective wisdom to respond to the call of our time.

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M  I  S  S  I  O  N

Seven Pillars House of Wisdom brings together a diverse community of people devoted to cultivating a living wisdom for our time. We draw on the intelligence of the natural world, humanity’s sacred heritage, and contemplative insight to inform and inspire this pursuit. Through gatherings, media and the arts, we explore ways to respond with integrity and beauty to the needs of the world.

V  I  S  I  O  N

Seven Pillars House of Wisdom is dedicated to cultivating individual and collective wisdom to respond to the call of our time.

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M  I  S  S  I  O  N

Seven Pillars House of Wisdom brings together a diverse community of people devoted to cultivating a living wisdom for our time. We draw on the intelligence of the natural world, humanity’s sacred heritage, and contemplative insight to inform and inspire this pursuit. Through gatherings, media and the arts, we explore ways to respond with integrity and beauty to the needs of the world.

Mysticism is a deep and subtle discipline concerned with the awakening of the practitioner to ultimate reality. Indeed, mysticism has been described as “the science of union with the Absolute.” Since the earliest times, practitioners of mysticism have pursued a variety of methods to activate and energize dormant faculties of perception. Variously involving breath, sound, prayer, concentration, contemplation and meditation, these methods expand consciousness, reconfigure identity, stir the heart and soul, and most importantly, initiate an ever-deepening relationship with essential reality.
 
Mystical practices appear in countless forms, some widely known and others largely hidden. Some traditions of mysticism are related to the “religions of the book,” while others derive from indigenous shamanic cultures. There are even examples of non-religious mysticism, such as one finds in the ecstatic poetry of Wordsworth, Thoreau, and Whitman.

Central to Seven Pillars’ orientation is the recognition that mysticism is a complex and dynamic tradition. The process of mystical awakening involves numerous and diverse states and stations. Moreover, the experience of these inner conditions is articulated and interpreted anew with every successive phase of culture. Thus the process of human transformation itself appears to transform.

Our task today is to glean essential mystical wisdom from all of the great traditional repositories, but also to make this wisdom truly our own. This means not merely studying mysticism, but living it. It means not merely echoing old formulations, but enunciating new and fresh expressions of what is arguably the most profound of sciences: the “science of ultimates.”