Sunday, October 2, 2016



+ This is the first post on the style of The Way of Reason as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 2 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ Here are the questions Edward Bastian asks us to ponder as we explore the Way of Reason:
·         Do you need a good reason before beginning a spiritual endeavor?
·         Do you like to ponder the universal questions of existence?
·         Do you regard reason as a foundation for a spiritual practice?
·         Do you naturally ask the big ‘why?’ questions, rather than the more mechanical ‘how?’ questions?

And here is how he introduces his chapter on The Way of Reason: 

The Thinker needs to figure things out and create a reasonable foundation for all aspects of spiritual practice.

WE ALL HAVE FRIENDS who love to ponder such issues as the nature of human existence, the origin of the universe, the purpose of life, the possibilities of life after death, the reasons for human suffering and the existence of God. Whether they know it or not, these people may be natural born metaphysicians whose spiritual archetype compels them seek universal truths that lie beyond the reach of direct empirical observation and scientific study. Often, such people find it difficult to engage in prayer, ritual,devotion or meditation without a well-thought-out reason for doing so. But once convinced through reason, their practice can be unshakable. The dark side of the way of reason is incurable skepticism and negative judgments about those who engage in a spiritual practice without a solid intellectual foundation.

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest thinkers of all time, said, “Science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind.” He also spoke of a “cosmic religious feeling” that inspired him to discover the laws of God that govern the universe. He said, “I am of the opinion that all finer speculations in the realm of science spring from a deep religious feeling.” Regarding this feeling, he wrote,“In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this   feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it.” God, he said, “can be conceived only through the rationality or intelligibility of the world which lies behind all scientific work of a higher order.”* Perhaps his most famous quote is, “God does not play dice with the universe.”

+ This is not one of my strengths or even interests.  But I do know we need people who are good at it.  Maybe this is your strength and / or interest and I should probably try harder to appreciate the way of reason and even be reasonable from time to time.

I have been collecting quotes and ideas and resources on all of the 12 styles of the Mandala process for several years.  This is the only style which has absolutely nothing except what Ed wrote.  Maybe this means I am an unreasonable person.  Maybe I need to work on this style. 

I am introvert-intuitive-feeling-perceiving (INFP) on the Myers-Briggs personality indicator.  The opposite poles are extravert-sensate-thinking-judging (ESTJ).  On the “F” to “T” continuum, the “T” barely registers when I answer the Myers-Briggs questions.  Yes, maybe I need to work on this style.  Not maybe, I do.  So, I intend to make the Way of Reason become interesting, even fascinating, to me from now on.

Perhaps you have a style which is particularly lacking in your life currently.  Maybe you need to work on that style as well as continue to develop your strengths and interests.  What do you think?

+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation.

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for these videos:
·         Seven Steps of InterSpiritual Meditation (11 minutes)
·         2 hour lecture & conversation

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Love” or “Guest Post” to

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to

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