Introduction

Spring/Summer 2017 course: Genesis for the Hopeful Lost

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Every book has an energy of its own. Genesis is a book of beginnings, firsts and thirsts – first encounters, unlikely births (starting with the world, and the sudden thirst of its creator!), unprecedented questions and unforeseen answers. Forgetting what we remember of these ancient myths is crucial to the realization of the peculiarity of so many components in the stories’ course. “The obvious” is hereby our sworn enemy, and the asking abyss – our leading calling. We will learn where no learning seemed possible and no stop sign has been placed. Finding an offering in a supposedly barren land is an intentional act and not an accidental stumbling. This will speak so loud, I promise, that it will eventually leak, unnoticed, and unexpectedly, to your own lives.

Since a massively potbellied book can be written on the very first verses of the first chapter in Genesis alone, and since I wish to introduce several more ‘touristic phenomena’ of this vibrant text during this online course, I chose a focus which I have never attempted before, one that is close to my heart, and gave the course its title.

♦ The Hopeful Lost?

The sub-title of the book I’m currently writing backstage is “The Unabridged Bridge Companion“. Everything I’ve ever done aimed to be just that – serve as a close companion for the honestly open and ever affected, the fragile and unbearably sensitive, those who refuse to be immune, feeling in exile by definition, longing for rebirth in loving arms. Truth is we are all lost, undercover tribemates, drawn to the full out of our omnipresent emptiness. And we all need at least one place where we can let ourselves feel this way, where we can be safely exposed and ask the questions that remain when everything else ceases, the day ends and we are laying down in the dark of night, with our eyes carried inwards. To this sameness I speak and turn. It therefore was clear to me that I shall create a Genesis-based course which will sensitively raise the most important questions and suggest possible answers that could mend the pieces or help us live more peacefully with our fractures, inspired by the daring sages who did not look away, and my own eyes, empowered by my inner light source. The theme of being lost or found, heard or ignored, hopeful or crushed is so dominant in Genesis and the book’s interpretative tradition that it’s simply required to begin there, seek there, find there. Together. Spending most of my adult years in the academy made me realize that the kind of course I wish to create is of different nature: Not the typical book-pecking, detached from life’s pounding flesh, but a free variation on the word “course“, drawing a steady stream of thought, receptive and reflective, moving along the participant’s own life course, and eventually, by the power of a sincere and perceptive dialogue, faithfully supporting in better aligning the travelers’ inner course with their outer one.

♦  Requirements

Pre-reading:
Make sure you read the whole relevant chapter/s before the beginning of a lesson. You can find a bilingual version of Genesis here. Befriend it as much as you can.
The articles and videos I will post preassume you have read the chapter/s at least once. Note that the learning will usually be a zoomed-in analysis of a specific unit and not a coverage of the whole context. The focus depends on my own inspiration, in light of the question that guides me throughout the course: Where lies the core of suffering? Where lies the core of comfort?

◊  Assignments:
There won’t be many reading or writing assignments during the course, but when there are, I encourage you to devote yourself to them as wholeheartedly as you can and even send me your produce via e-mail if you are interested in my feedback. Rest assured I will always be delighted to hear from you.

Lastly,
If you look for the one absolute value, one interpretation, one single way of analysis, there will probably be other courses more suitable for you. This, here, is an open field of vast unlimited possibilities, embodied even in one single word. And this is how you like it.

Now, let’s begin.