The New Female Mystics

A vanguard of self-schooled female mystics are doing an end-run around the mainstream self-help and New Age movements — and are advancing a radical, 21st century spirituality. Call it the ‘Anti-Me Generation.’

kmcpheesmall2Click here to read the 7-part series where Soul’s Code introduces some of the avatars of of what could rightly be re-labeled, the sage sex:

BY PAUL KAIHLA — Across the centuries, spiritual seekers have invariably been women and the teachers men; From Jesus to Gurdjieff and Rumi to Ramana Maharshi, enlightenment has been a male-dominated business.

But figures like Byron Katie are in the vanguard of an astonishing advent in the mystical tradition.

She is a leading light in a scattered coterie of women who have propounded a radical, new esoteric spirituality and seem to have leap-frogged ahead of male counterparts in the pursuit of the sacred.

Their work, if you want to call it that, isn’t wholey cribbed from Indian gurus or apprenticeships in Asian monasteries but forged in a homegrown fashion in the crucible of contemporary America – sometimes as a result of frustration with oriental traditions.

Alongside Katie, these self-schooled spiritual masters include Hawaii-based Catherine Ingram, Santa Fe’s Pamela Wilson, and Calgary, Alberta-based Karen McPhee (pictured above, and the newest guest columnist on Soul’s Code).

See our series: The New Female Mystics

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