This isn't an ordinary dialogue. This is a dialogue that takes as long as it takes, just between you and Russell.

This is the sort of dialogue you will want to have if you are serious about transforming a life that revolves around worldly values (power, wealth, love, and success) for a life centred on spiritual values (peace, agape and joy). It may be that you have already begun that transformation, but are struggling to have it be sustainable. Maybe you have taken an Eastern approach to this journey, and would like to explore a Western approach. It may be that you have become disillusioned with religion but still seek a spiritual path. Where ever you are in this awakening, a dialogue with Russell could well be justified.

So what would this dialogue be about?

Love! Not eros, the romantic love, or storge, the affectionate love, or even philia, the love of friendship or companionship. This is agape, the form of love known as charity (the love of the pure in heart) also known as unconditional 'God' love. It's this agape expression of love that Russell reveals in his book, The Spiritual Roots of the Tarot. It is the foundation to a theology of love that rose to prominence in Western Europe during the 12th to the 14th centuries. Referred to at the time as the Good Christians, the Cathars were a Gnostic/Christian religion that was fully aligned with this theology of agape. 

They lived it, understood it, and taught it. With their impending elimination at the hands of the Catholic Church, their theology was captured on small cards, the likes of which appeared in Western Europe around the same time as the eradication of the last of the Cathars in Italy. It didn't take long before these 'portable stain glass windows' were added to the then popular playing cards, eventually being called the tarocchi, which we now call the tarot. These 22 additional picture cards, known as the Major Arcana of the Marseille Tarot, house this theology of love that would have disappeared, since the Church was driven to eliminate both the Cathars and their theology. 

 

The Spiritual Roots of the Tarot reveals the Cathar's hidden theology. The symbology of these 22 cards details how it was possible through embarking on the eight step way of the Beatitudes to create a life of love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility and temperance. Imagine if this was you experienced life every day! The dialogue will be centred around these eight steps and how they are best integrated into your life. 

How does the dialogue rollout?

Firstly you will need to apply. Russell needs to know the nature of your motivation for wanting to adopt an agape-centred life. You will also need to acquire a copy of Russell's book The Spiritual Roots of the Tarot as this is the framework for the dialogue. Russell and you will then schedule a fortnightly (recommended) online appointment, preferably on Zoom. The first dialogue will be an opportunity for both you and Russell to get to know each other. If you and Russell decide that you want to continue, Russell will tailor the dialogue to your needs, which is why this is a personal dialogue and not done in a group setting. As much as Russell's book is the framework for the dialogue, how the dialogue unfolds will be unique to you. These conversations will be scheduled for a duration of up to 90 minutes. The homework will be reading and contemplation in preparation for each dialogue. 

What is the cost?

There is no set fee! That said, this is not free. In some form or another there needs to be an exchange of energy (money is a form of stored energy) for this to be truly serving to both you and Russell. You can decide what you want to pay in The Shop under the product called Agape. The first dialogue will be free of charge. 

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