Tuesday, December 5, 2017



+ The liturgical year begins with Advent which is a precious holy season of watching, preparing, rejoicing and beholding as the meme here suggests. How can we make this holy season significant for people of all faiths and traditions? Can Advent become a gift of the Christian wisdom tradition to the “new thing” going on, this movement of InterSpirituality? Can we be guided by traditional Christian Advent themes and practices but also include wisdom and practices from other traditions and even create new ones?

I hope so.  Perhaps this is a good time to offer some thoughts and resources on InterSpirituality. 

Here are some of the people, past and present, who are leading this new and, I believe, essential movement: Rumi, Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wayne Teasdale and Edward Bastian.

Let’s begin with Wayne Teasdale.  I am in awe of the amazing contribution he made to our knowledge of many wisdom traditions including but not limited to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism. You can find this in three books I highly recommend: A MONK IN THE WORLD, THE MYSTIC HEART and THE MYSTIC HOURS. It is interesting that he wrote these great books toward the end of his life after having accumulated so much wisdom and experience. But he not only wrote about InterSpirituality. He lived it as both a Roman Catholic monk in the world and a Hindu monk in the world. 

Here are several quotes:
·         “Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.”
·         “As our world becomes smaller, through a growing common culture, the true test of community will be our tolerance for our most profound differences and love for the most challenging among us.”
·         “The real religion of humankind can be said to be spirituality itself, because mystical spirituality is the origin of all the world religions. If this is so, and I believe it is, we might also say that inter-spirituality – the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions – is the religion of the third millennium.”

Edward Bastian has written a couple of books which offer practical tools for creating a powerful InterSpiritual practice: InterSpiritual Meditation: A Seven-Step Process from the World’s Spiritual Traditions and Mandala: Creating an Authentic Spiritual Path – – An InterSpiritual Process. For mor information and to order, go to https://spiritualpaths.net/books/. I highly recommend these books as well as the courses for which they are designed. 
Future posts will draw heavily on these practices since they can do so much to unite people of all traditions as we create The New Faith for the New Earth and build am InterSpiritual Liturgical Year.

+ Here are links to the first 2 posts >

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