Connection and intimacy with the all pervasive creative force that we are immersed in is called by many names across the world’s cultures. We all crave it, this connection to some thing greater than ourselves, that eternal, encompassing, all knowing force.
No intermediary needed. No religion. Rather an authentic, individual, unique, real and raw communion.
These words from Brother Teasdale, and Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko about interspirituality spoke to me of these cravings. Of the mystic and mysterious unknowable knowing I seek daily. We need not be separated by how we get there and we can certainly help each other in the understanding of the journey. We can even help each other get there. Sharing our authentic, individual, unique experience and deeply listening to others, we find, feel and know the Ultimate Mystery. Imagine.
“The religion of humankind can be said to be spirituality itself, because mystical spirituality is the origin of all the religions. If this is so, and I believe it is, we might say that interspirituality — the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions — is the religion of the third millennium. Interspirituality is the foundation that can prepare the way for a planet-wide enlightened culture…”
-Brother Wayne Teasdale (Catholic Monk)
“Each religion, we believe, offers a unique way into the Ultimate Mystery and unique fruits, as does each individual journey. We are ready to move into a unity that is full, that welcomes all textures, where the Buddha’s equanimity complements Christ’s radical love in action, and where the Hebrew prophetic outrage can be merged with the incarnate spirituality of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and the timeless revelations of the Hindu sages.”
-Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko
“We must all achieve our identity on the basis of a radical authenticity… ”
– Raimundo Panikkar, “The Silence of God,” Introduction p. xviii