Spiritual director Susan DiVita will present “Journey into the Exquisite Soul” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Mercy Spirituality Center. Engaging the work of St. Teresa of Avila’s “Interior Castle” and Caroline Myss’ “Entering the Castle,” we will journey into our sacred interior and become open to encountering the presence of God within. By exploring our own inner rooms in the light of God’s love and grace, we discover the way toward peace, joy and healing. To register, click here.
Susan DiVita is a spiritual director certified by the Haden Institute in Asheville, N.C. She is a graduate of Caroline Myss’ Educational Institute’s Sacred Contracts and Entering the Castle programs. She is currently in the Dream Work Training program with the Haden Institute.
To learn more about Susan and her work, Jane Sutter Brandt, a volunteer with the Mercy Spiritual Center, talked with her recently. Their discussion has been edited for clarity.
Jane: Before we talk about your upcoming program, please tell us about you.
Susan: I’ve had an interest in healing for a long time, and when I was in college, I got a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. I was thinking about med school or becoming a physician’s assistant when my husband and I decided to start a family and that became my priority.
Jane: How did you get interested in St. Teresa of Avila and her book “The Interior Castle”?
Susan: I was watching the Oprah TV show one day, and she had Caroline Myss on it. Caroline talked about her new book “Why People Don’t Heal”, so I picked that up, and I was captivated. I started studying with Caroline around 1998, at first doing workshops on tape. In 2005, I was thinking about attending her program called “From Intuition to Mysticism”, which has since become “Entering the Castle”.
I printed out the information to show my husband, and I had placed it on an ottoman, and when I looked over at it, there was a hologram coming off the paper. It was in the shape of a sphere, and it was purple and white and sparkly with some kind of design running through it. And then it was gone. I remember thinking, well, that’s interesting!
I had talked to my husband before about the program but we both just kind of let it go, but after seeing that hologram, I took the paper up to my husband, who was at his computer, and I asked him what he thought about the program and right away he said, “Let’s sign you up.” That’s nothing that he would ever have said.
Jane: That’s remarkable. So then you signed up for the program. What was it like?
Susan: It ended up being five years of really intense study. The Interior Castle became my interior path, my spiritual path. It helped me to heal a lot of emotional baggage from my early life. I have had a considerable amount of physical pain my whole life, so this helped me to manage it. I considered it healed, it didn’t own me any more.
Jane: For the uninitiated, can you give a brief explanation of what is meant by “the interior castle”?
Susan: The interior castle is a journey within the soul where you can dialogue with God, surrounded and filled with grace, in order to know your true self better and focus your attention on healing, guidance, meaning, and purpose. Through the use of self-examination and contemplation we make our way along a path well-traveled by the mystics throughout the ages.
Jane: If I attend your program on Dec. 3, what can I expect?
Susan: I really hope that people who attend and go through the exercises will encounter that silence within, where God resides, perhaps even create a sanctuary for themselves, where they can go when the outer world becomes chaotic. It can be a prayer space where they can be alone with God without interruption.
To sign up for Journey into the Exquisite Soul” from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, click here.