Mysticism Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Mysticism has been defined as a union with God, the Divine, or the Absolute. In the Mysticism Diploma Course, we explore mysticism in various religions, the forms it takes, how it is experienced, and how scholars define mysticism.

The Mysticism Diploma Course begins with an introduction to the union with the Divine, religious ecstasies and intuitive insight and enlightenment. From there, we take a look at three Greco-Roman religious mysteries, namely, Eleusinian, Samothracian and Dionysian mysteries, before looking into mysticism in various religions.

We’ll explore the basic definition of mysticism in the context of Christianity and the history of Christian mysticism, focusing on early and Eastern Christianity. The nature and characteristics of Jewish mysticism are discussed, along with the Judaic context of mysticism, the various types of Jewish mysticism and the earlier developmental stages of Jewish mysticism. We’ll dive into the basic concepts of Sufism, the history of Sufism and Sufi practice and thought, and the general nature of Hinduism, the five tensile strands and philosophical texts. We also consider the Sant tradition and the differences between the tradition’s two major strands; Sikhism, its brief history and basic doctrines; and Buddhism, its history, fundamentals and branches.

British academic Robert Charles Zaehner separated mysticism into three main categories, each of which are covered in the course. We’ll learn about theistic mysticism and its basic philosophy; monistic mysticism and how it differs from theistic mysticism; and panenhenic mysticism and how it differs from its monistic and theistic counterparts.

We’ll look into the characteristics of mystical experiences, the possible triggers of non-spontaneous mystical experiences, and examples of mystical experiences based on true stories.

The course concludes with a look at how scholars explain the various types of mysticism; perennialism, contextualism and constructionism; and how spiritual neuroscience views mysticism.

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Union with the Divine
  • Part 2: Religious Ecstasies
  • Part 3: Intuitive Insight and Enlightenment
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Introduction to the Mysteries
  • Part 2: Samothracian Mysteries
  • Part 3: Dionysian Mysteries
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Christian Mysticism?
  • Part 2: History of Christian Mysticism
  • Part 3: Eastern Christianity
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Nature and Characteristics
  • Part 2: Development of Jewish Mysticism
  • Part 3: Sefer Yetzira
  • Part 4: The Making of Kabbalah (circa 1150–1250 CE)
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Introduction to Sufism
  • Part 2: History and Classical Mysticism
  • Part 3: Rise of Fraternal Orders
  • Part 4: Sufi Thought and Practice
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: General Nature of Hinduism
  • Part 2: Central Conceptions
  • Part 3: Philosophical Sutras and the Rise of the Six Schools of Philosophy
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sant Tradition
  • Part 2: Sikhism
  • Part 3: Buddhism
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Theistic Mysticism
  • Part 2: Monistic Mysticism
  • Part 3: Panenhenic Mysticism
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Mystical Experiences
  • Part 2: Examples of Mystical Experiences
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Types of Mysticism
  • Part 2: Perennialism, Contextualism and Constructionism
  • Part 3: Neurological Research
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Whether you intend to become a mystic or wish to study the subject from a purely academic point of view, the Mysticism Diploma Course bears light upon this fascinating area - uncovering how connecting with the Divine differs between religions and how the experience manifests.

If you allow it, the course can open up your awareness to other realities that exist around you - allowing you to experience life in a multi-faceted and wonderful way. You can use mysticism to aid your human experience and to understand why you may be struggling, why you may ache to find meaning in your life and even why you may be feeling lost.

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Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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