Author: Andre Rabe

Scholarship

Your desire to do the program is of the greatest importance … even more important than your financial ability. If you cannot afford the program at this stage but have the desire to do it, you can be considered for a scholarship.

A scholarship provides a 60% discount on the standard fees.

What we need from you.

Provide us with a letter that explains the following:

  • your reasons for wanting to do the program.
  • your financial state. Why is the program unaffordable for you?

Please email this letter to: discounts@alwaysloved.net

You can expect a reply within two weeks.

Kathy

Wow, how my seeing and hearing has expanded through everyone’s stories, perspectives and discipling in this class thus far! I thank all of you for being so open, honest …and studious! I have learned so much!

These are some of the benefits I enjoyed from the program so far:

A new confidence in uncertainty is forming that is creating space for more intimacy and trust in relationships. I am no longer as afraid of being wrong and this invites people into my circle.

The awareness of both positive and negative mimesis has guided me through (even recently) relationship conflicts because I can see where they have come from as well as where and how to direct them. No more need to return to the Tree of blame and shame…

Mimesis Academy has brought to life the power of the Midrash…the working through concepts in community. I used to be impressed with folks who would dedicate a period of time to do intense “Bible study” privately on their own. Now that just scares me. I clearly know why because I have experienced through this course the Hebraic way of doing “Bible study” in a way that is “alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Heb 4:12). I now have faith in, trust in, Christ — the Logos, the Logic, the Word — IN us, not in a book. The Scriptures are an infinitely valuable tool but only when used properly and interpreted though the Word made flesh in Christ and within the communion of His Body!

The other astounding revelation is the global implications of Christ’s incarnation. I have moved from its impact upon my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father leading me out of a fallen mindset to that of seeing its transformative power for the whole world! I want to share this with everyone and anyone!!!! BUT, I have learned it is not a sense of handing out a formula that worked for me but sharing a living, active, growing snowball of Life and Truth that just gets bigger with every person who takes it up! Jesus is getting bigger with every person who participates in the Midrash of His Body. The Bread of Life multiplies as we share and eat together! And I’m not just talking about “orthodox” Christians either; there are Prophets everywhere from atheists (love that quote by Hawking, Patricia!) to anthropologists to psychiatrists to poets (Acts 17)! As Paul says, “Everything is yours” (1 Cor 3:23). The scope of this message is so massive and so inclusive that it is to me the “Hope of the Nations” for the ending of violence on every level from how I treat my family, my neighbors and personal enemies to that of our national foreign policies. This living, active and growing revelation and trajectory of restorative justice and sacrificial love is informing everything from how I view each person I encounter to that of how I spend my money and view politics. The amazing thing is that this is being discovered globally…it is a universal remembering…together. I have a hope for my grandkids like never before. What a change from the doom and gloom eschatology I endured for decades!

 

Steve

If any of you want to experience a radical shift in your understanding of humanity, God and life then do this course.
I guarantee you , it will be a ride that you will at the end say phew and wow at the same time. It will RADICALLY change your life.

Nothing else available in this world of Christianity holds its weight in comparison and I mean NADA. If you get this insight, it will free you.

I would suggest that even non-Christians do it.  It is so eye-opening to societal issues.

If you can’t wait till the new year to start, I suggest getting Andre Rabe’s book Desire Found Me
https://www.amazon.com/Desire-Found-Me-Andre-…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

What, for you, were the most significant aspects of the program?

The relationship between monotheism, Christ making a spectacle of personified evil.
Further understanding of Girard, mimesis, sacred violence and scapegoating.
Understanding myth, sacred rites in a clearer way.

Understanding literary methods and how and why they are used as in the example of Genesis.

Overall, a far clearer picture of the biblical subversion to sibling rivalry, scapegoating, mythic projection, personified evil.

Also, parallel studies with my degree have significantly accelerated some understanding.

Ability to enter into the biblical conversation without duress lol

Bobby

This year has been so beautifully transformative for me, and this course has been a constant source of enlightenment and encouragement from the get-go. I have encountered so many precious wow moments along the way and am continually surprised and in awe as I stumble along this wonder-full path of discovery. The first complete wow moment was in realizing that I am way more than myself, even to the point that the notion of my autonomous “self”, as I’d previously conceived, turns out to be of no substance without the collective influence and inspiration of its far more vast counterpart, otherness. Learning about our movements of desire, and understanding them as the entities that flow within the space between our intricate webs of relationships, pushing and pulling us beyond our control and largely beyond our awareness has been such an immense realization. Learning how our triangle of desires can so easily go wrong when two want the same object blew my mind, along with the fact that humans unconsciously detect and reflect the intentions of others with our amazing mirror neurons. And ultimately… The biggy: The epiphany hit that finding yourself desired into existence is finding God!!! (this wrecked me hard)

My next wow moment was in beginning to view scripture as a conversation between multiple theologies. This also meant no longer accepting the Bible as the inerrant creed I always thought it was, and instead realizing that it was a beautiful collection of ancient texts, written at different times, in various literary forms, by multiple, unique sources that each had specific motives and enemies and who also relied on selective memory bias. The point is that there are many different points within scripture, all intersecting in a truly unique way, forming a co-existence of contrasting opinions. The next enlightening realization within this train of thought was the significance of scripture’s radical conversation with its surrounding mythology. An amazingly enlightening moment for me was in learning that scapegoating was a primary tendency of developing societies, and how it was so well hidden within mythology. The kicker wow moment came when I learned that scripture began to differ from mythology in its unearthing of the radically contrasting narrative of the victim. Christ became even more relevant to me in terms of being the final scapegoat. He was the ultimate innocent victim who chose to suffer our failed system of violence in order to gently, so poetically reveal our flawed single victim mechanism, and in so also revealing that an act of violence is, quite literally and quite clearly, an act against God.

My view of evil was completely enriched from this course, opening me up to radically new possibilities of perceiving it. Learning about the gradual creation of a personified Satan, and being able to decipher different critical stages of its development has been incredibly freeing. The wow moment came slowly, both through delving into Israel’s progressive morphing of hassatan, and their dilemma of monotheism and theodicy. Then, looking at evil through a mimetic lens completely rocked me. My biggest wow moment regarding evil was learning that its source is what we hate and fear deep down within ourselves that we so often try and project away from us and onto that which then becomes perceived as evil. This was the central idea that rocked me: through our very accusations and projections of evil, we’ve fallen into the trap of perpetuating and energizing it. Then, in the Idols and Icons course, I’ve more recently truly begun fully realizing that my concepts of God are just concepts, and that my certainty and my correct thinking are no longer needed to manipulate my relationship with God. Grasping this concept has been so insanely freeing! ..And my most recent big moment was in realizing the possibility that God is being itself, experiencing through us, in a collaborative spirit that constantly begins again in creative, self-giving love. The idea that there is a space of infinite possibilities that we inhabit as we move from our tragedies and losses into a new way to start again is so extremely intoxicating!

I couldn’t have asked for a better year so far. Honestly, it’s been the best year of my life because I finally gave myself permission to explore deep within these depths of curiosity that have lead me to such freedom and peace. I so look forward to examining a deconstructed Jesus.

Vera

I remember meeting Andre and Mary-Anne for the first time in 2010. They were part of a conference in Budapest, and I can’t really remember a word of what Andre said there. BUT it made me totally excited; the truth that was shared about God and us was stirring in my stomach. I felt I am not alone in my „progressive and rebellious faith” and I read Andre’s Adventures in Christ on that night from cover to cover. I remember the anxiety when I was hesitating, shall I contact them and tell them that I would like to make their materials available in Hungarian? I somehow felt this will be a „point of no return,” and this foresight proved right. I embarked on a journey paved with a lot of “disapproval” and being cast out, but also an expedition towards honesty and joy (others may call it love and freedom).

Deciding to be committed to Mimesis Academy was a similar “point of no return” for me. I say commitment because the weekly list of reading the short essays, watching the video of the topic of the week, writing my assignment, reading others assignments and writing my reactions to others’ thoughts is no small undertaking for me. It demanded a minimum of 4 hours a week on my behalf (and it always felt not enough). The academy became my all-pervasive hobby besides my regular job plus the work I do with Andre’s materials (and my family and children, of course). To be honest with you, because of the time-restraints, I did not even consider reading any of the additional books of each course. I did a similar undertaking with the “Word Made Flesh” course two or three years ago, and I totally failed there; from week one I felt I cannot keep up with the home work. This time, with Mimesis Academy I am so glad I made this extra effort (that included my time, intellectual challenge and the inevitable emotional and spiritual voyages each week). The reward was a creative energy that has been released week by week.

In fact the layout of the course proved one of the most important and fertile take-aways for me. It may be just my own learning style, but I became convinced that the forum approach to digest the materials together in a conversational format is one of the most effective ways to really internalize complex concepts (to understand really, deeply, and personally and even be able to question it); to change one’s thinking; and to be able to remember long term. I spent 21 years with my own education and have been working as a teacher for over a decade; I am shocked why this method is not used wide-scale? I am planning to introduce it in my kids’ school. Our conversations during this course, how prolifically discussions unfolded are a formulating experience for me. Evidently, good questions from others and ourselves, led to further explorations, and “not knowing” or “being wrong” were no longer hindrances to play and seek. I am almost at the points that “if I think now I fully know and understand, than I must be wrong.” I also discovered the value of each and every individual perspective and at the same time, how infinitely connected we humanity are to each other and something that we call God, for lack of a better word.

Writing these weekly assignments enforced a habit in me, to be brutally honest to myself. The courses made me realize how we develop our own personal stories (that may be hindrances to experience and meet our real, fuller self and enjoy God), and similarly, how humankind was so resourceful in developing all sorts of stories, including religious stories (that become hindrances to experience God and ourselves). I also discovered how intense our projections and externalizing evil are; and how these contributed to “the powers of this world,” all sorts of perversions in human relationships, institutions, religion, etc.. Seeing these processes more clearly evokes the desire in me to question everything: do I really believe it? Or was I just told and accepted it just because? For example, I realized that I do not believe in a personalized Satan and supernatural evil forces; these are just man-made myths. I can’t express the freedom and energy gained as that kind of fear is just gone.

MT Program

The Content

A one-year program drawing from cutting-edge research in theology, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, consisting of six courses.

Many of the students who have completed this program, describe the experience as an intellectual conversion. Others speak of transformation. (See testimonials here) What these comments reveal is that the outcome of this program aims to be more than simply confirming what you already believe. Rather, its aim is to unveil reality in a fresh way and enable individuals to re-orientate themselves around these new realities. As such it provides tools to re-interpret history, self, society and scriptures. This process of re-interpretation, helps us construct a new story in which to find ourselves anew. We trust that it will also open new possibilities for how your story might still unfold.

Two primary sources are used throughout the course: the Scriptures and Rene Girard’s Mimetic Realism.

The scriptures are obviously concerned with the origin and nature of humanity, how we relate to one another and to God. Similarly, Mimetic Realism is concerned with the origin of human culture, and no other theory has had a greater influence on our modern understanding of these subjects. Our understanding of both Scripture and Mimetic Realism can be greatly enhanced by bringing these two sources together.

Girard’s thoughts have influenced many branches of science including anthropology, theology, psychology, mythology, sociology, literary criticism, economics, cultural studies, and philosophy. In each of these areas there is a growing body of literature that builds on the work of Girard. The fact that so many branches of science have seriously engaged with Girard’s mimetic theory is testimony to its broad power of explanation.

But there is also a hidden third source that brings the first two to life – it is the conversations of the participants. The questions, perspectives and uniquely individual voice of each student are what transform these ideas from abstract theories into life-giving conversation.

Each of the courses adds a specific focus and builds on the course that came before it.

The program will explore some of the most relevant questions today, critically deconstructing popular answers and boldly reconstructing a whole new context in which to think.

As an online program it allows students to plan their own schedules (3 hours per week minimum) yet being part of a class means that you can engage with other students regularly, exchanging and developing ideas. There are weekly writing assignments.

Only 100 spaces are available. After the program completion, we plan to organize a week-long event for students just to meet, converse and have fun.

How it works

  • Each week a new lesson is made available. A written lesson is often accompanied by an audio and/or a video (approximately 30min each). To read through the lesson and watch the video will take about an hour.
  • One of the most important goals of the course is to help students develop their own unique voice. That means that lessons are not designed to cram you full of information, but rather to draw your unique understanding out. This is facilitated by a weekly written assignment of 300 – 500 words. It is by far one of the most beneficial disciplines. (Time:15 – 45 min)
  • The assignments are posted within the class for other students to engage with. Unlike social media where everyone can enter a conversation and steer it any direction, these conversations are within the class context. That means everyone has read and listened to the same material and answered the same questions in preparing their assignments. The engagements are therefore very focussed and insightful. (Many beautiful friendships have developed from these conversations in previous classes) We encourage students to spend at least 45 min/week interacting within these forums.
  • So to summarize the weekly commitment so far: 45 min to work through the lesson; 45 min to write the assignment; 45 min interacting in forums. That totals to just more than two hours per week.
  • The final commitment is reading a prescribed book per month. The books are NOT included in the course fees. The time spent depends on your reading speed. Here are some ideas to help increase your reading speed: https://youtu.be/HhW8IHhmSY8

Pricing

The year program, including all six courses, is available for $1260.

Couples Discount

For couples, there is an 80% discount available for the second partner to sign up. After signing up the first person, please email your username to Discounts@alwaysloved.net for your discount coupon.

Group Discount

For groups of 5 or more please email Discounts@alwaysloved.net. Tell us about the group and what your expectations are. A 40% discount is available for groups.

Scholarships

Your desire to do the program is of the greatest importance … even more important than your financial ability. If you cannot afford the program at this stage but have the desire to do it, you can be considered for a scholarship. Learn more.

Registration

Registration opens in September and closes in November. Classes will begin January 2019. The Desire Found Me book should ideally be read before starting the class.

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