Tuesday, November 24, 2015



…work out your own salvation… (Philippians 2:12)

What does it mean to come into the great inner silence, the cognizant stillness of consciousness? How do we find and open our inner door to the sacred? Words, formal prayers, and guided meditations can point the way, but only our own action, only our investigation of our private experience, only our own inner experimentation and observation can give us the taste, the understanding, and the ability to enter the spiritual depths.
-– Joseph Naft in an Inner Work post on Spiritual Efficacy offered in May 2013.

Each of us has our own path, our own styles.  I really appreciate what Ed Bastian offers. He has developed a dynamic process of discovering what works for each unique person.  He has identified 12 important spiritual styles and offers a tool for discerning your natural inclinations and your strengths and weaknesses.   I urge you to check out www.spiritualpaths.net. He has written a groundbreaking book on this process: Mandala: Creating an Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process.

There is a wonderful Mandala online course described below. As of 2019 the website and the e-courses are vastly improved. Go to the Spiritual Paths website.  The annual membership fee required for the course is totally worth it.  Video meetings are held weekly.  A lot of wonderful sharing is done at the course website once you have registered.

The course will help you:
· Create a spiritual path and contemplative practice that give your life meaning, purpose and direction.
· Find answers, traditions and practices that most powerfully align with your personal spiritual styles.
· Discover consilience among spiritual, psychological, mythological and scientific traditions.
· Gain an appreciation and integration of diverse spiritual traditions, modalities, beliefs and practices and learn to meditate and pray with people from those diverse traditions.
· Cultivate a calm, focused, empathetic and centered state-of-being.

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