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Online with Carlos de León

Presented in Spanish with Simultaneous English Translation

Access On-Demand for 1 Year!

This workshop series of ten classes offers an exploration of the journey through "The Mansions or The Interior Castle" and "The Dark Night of the Soul" in the light of Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. Join Carlos de Leon for a profound mystical journey into the "Interior Castles" of our being.

Saints Teresa and John, who belonged to the order of the Carmelites and were friends, created the most important examples of 16th-century Spanish mystical literature. Combined, their work is considered a description of the mystic's journey toward the ultimate communion with God.

She says the soul is like a castle made out of pure crystal. It has seven sets of dwelling places, or “rooms,” that lead one after another from the outside of the castle to its very center. At the center is God Almighty.

The poem of St. John of the Cross, in 8 stanzas of 5 lines each, narrates the journey of the soul to a mystical union with God. The journey is called "The Dark Night" in part because darkness represents the fact that the destination—God—is unknowable. The first verse of the poem is translated as:

On an obscure night

Fevered with love's anxiety

(O hapless, happy plight!)

I went, none seeing me

Forth from my house, where all things quiet be...

John of the Cross (Spanish: Juan de la Cruz; born Juan de Yepes y Álvarez; 24 June 1542 – 14 December 1591), venerated as Saint John of the Cross, was a Spanish Catholic priest, mystic, and a Carmelite friar of converso origin. 

Through this series, you are invited to experience a reinterpretation of their work through the eyes of Transpersonal Psychology. Eager to understand the dynamic of psychological transformation in this mystical model, we will suggest some practical applications for our own transformation, and bring new light to the mystical practices proposed by Teresa.

Program Benefits:

  • To understand the value of a path centred on Divine Love that will cleanse and purify the heart; 

  • To clarify the connections between the psychology of St. John's day and the spiritual disciplines necessary for a deep “psychotherapy” that reflects one’s existence as having significance, purpose, and coherence;

  • To understand "The Dark Night" and the even deeper insights from St. John on the ways in which God also draws us into the “Passive Nights of Sense and Spirit”;

  • To gain a fuller appreciation of St. John’s psychology and spirituality in conjunction with insights from modern studies of attachment, trauma, and healing;

  • To discover levels of understanding and participate in practices that explore our inner experience and our life's activities, attempting to find the truly relevant, and the transcendent.

Program Components:

Consistent with Ontogony’s approach to the path of transformation, we use several models and traditions, offering an ample spectrum for understanding and exploration. This mystical journey provides a beautiful bridge from the foundation of our existence to the transcendent search for the Divine. In this series, you will have an opportunity to discover and experience:

  • Las Moradas, or the "Rooms", which represent the "Seven Levels of Achieving Divine Marriage with God";

  • Purification processes through Meditation and Prayer of the Spiritual Heart, containing the Seven Chambers;

  • Levels of Consciousness in Psychology are outlined as a Map of Levels of Enlightenment through the invitation of Divine Love Experiences;

  • A Path of Practice that includes a range of Meditation Techniques, Prayer Practice & Reflection to Inspire;

  • Steps to heal and transform normal neurosis, followed by a process of awakening that is centred on God’s Love, and perfecting this in us;

  • Explore a Spiritual Transpersonal approach to therapy and the theme of Demons, a way to describe the work with the shadow;

  • The final step to ascending towards Divine Union is the ultimate marriage with God.

"The Dark Night of the Soul" does not refer to life's difficulties in general, although it can be taken to refer to such trials. Rather, these are the nights in which the soul experiences the two necessary purgations on the path to Divine Union: the first purgation is of the sensory or sensitive part of the soul, the second of the spiritual part (Ascent of Mount Carmel). Such purgations comprise the first of the three stages of the mystical journey, followed by those of illumination and then union. 

Join us for a profound mystical journey into the "Interior Castles" of our being.

Carlos de León, the founder of  Ontogony, holds Ph.D.’s in both Clinical Psychology and Holistic Medicine. Dr. de León has spent more than 40 years in related research, study, and practitioner experience, particularly in the area of personal transformation. As the founder of the Mexican Association for Psychotherapy and Transpersonal Development, he teaches and, perhaps more significantly, has developed the model known as   Ontogony: an inquiring discipline for the research, study, and development of liberating tools and paradigms. Read more...

Language: Hosted in Spanish with Simultaneous English Translation

Format: Online Workshop of 8 Sessions (2 hours each). Class times may extend based on program content and student questions.

Location: Web Virtual Classroom

Program Materials: Videos & Audios (Access On-Demand), & Downloadable PDFs

Program Access On-Demand: Ontogony Classroom for 1 year from the time of enrolment.

Agreement with the following is necessary for enrolment:

1. I fully understand that there are no refunds; inasmuch as the course materials remain accessible for viewing and review.

2. I  agree to the Terms and Conditions and I am committed to the full program and payment of the full tuition. If on a payment plan, I will honour my debt from the time of enrolment until the final amount is paid in full.

3. I agree to provide a credit card for the payment of my financial plan, and understand that my information is held in a secure web portal and hidden for maximum security.

4. Should unforeseen circumstances at any time require me to place my payment plan on hold or require me to seek further financial assistance, I will contact the Financial Administrator to reevaluate my situation. I am aware that this may result in a temporary suspension from the program which will be restored upon the recommencement of my payments.

5. I agree to respect the privacy of all the content shared by Carlos de León, and am aware that the copyright is held by Ontogony Evolution LTD. I understand the course materials: Video, Audio, and Presentation Materials are uploaded in the Ontogony classroom with an access-only function for the video and audio presentations.

Tuition Fees in Canadian Dollars (CAD) inclusive of GST (Goods & Services Taxes)


A – Payment in Full ~ Regular Fee: $316 CAD, due at the time of registration.

B – Payment Plan (Two Instalments) ~ Regular Fee: $331.80 CAD. The first payment of $165.90 CAD is due at the time of registration; plus one equal payment, due on the 5th of the month following the date of registration.

Please Note: All Payment Plans must be secured with a Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Visa Debit & Master Card Debit) that we can enter in our Secure Banking System or an Automated Paypal Deposit.

Access On-Demand: Ontogony Classroom for 1 year from the time of enrolment.

Access Renewal Fee: This is available for purchase ONLY by students who have previously enrolled in this program. The fee of $47.40 CAD is due at the time of the request. This Renewal Fee grants you 1 year of program Access On-Demand in the Ontogony Online Classroom.

Please ensure that you have the following technical requirements:

  • A working recent version of a computer, tablet, or mobile phone which has adequate RAM and memory to support your studies;

  • An operating system for Windows or macOS and the latest versions are the most effective;

  • Reliable internet access, as online courses, require a strong internet connection in order to support your online learning journey;

  • An adequate web browser such as Google Chrome or Safari and it is also useful to have an antivirus installed;

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