BRIEFLY-- WHAT IS
The entire Multiplex is about
"Interspirituality" but you may have asked about it before you got started
looking around. There is a slightly longer explanation of the difference between
Interspirituality and Interfaith HERE. Or
maybe you want the short answer.
In at nutshell conventional
"Interfaith" is a discussion amongst the myriad organized religions of the world
with a mind to promoting dialogue, tolerance and peace. A somewhat deeper level of
spirituality (and a welcoming heart) brings one to a "Trans-traditional
Spirituality". Here one recognizes the abundant riches of all the world's
spiritual experiences and traditions. But one may still be concerned about
Digging deeper, the meditative, mystical and
contemplative life (the life of Consciousness) inevitably leads one to discover that,
EXPERIENTIALLY, the deepest realization of all beings is the same. It is one that
transcends ideas, beliefs or concepts but also includes them all. It is about
profound interconnectedness and, in that, loss of the experience of separation. In
short, it is the world of the Heart-- unconditional love. Here we see
everything else truly as ourselves. The idea of "who is right" becomes
This shared experience is the Heart of
InterSpirituality. Accordingly, it is closely linked to historical terms like
"Awakening" and "Enlightenment" (though it may be understood just
mentally at first and then must deepen into the primordial Consciousness and Heart).
Its nature is to be lived and embodied fully.
Although this realization has permeated the
journey in Consciousness throughout history, it is now more common. And, a profound
implication has also emerged more strongly in recent years. This is the inherent
relationship of Interspirituality to the Heart's desire that all things manifest and
reflect this dream. This is what has manifested the world transformation movement.
History of the word "Interspiritual":
Wayne coined the word "interspiritual" in his classic book The
a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions in 1999.
The original spelling was "interspiritual" and, later, as Bro.
Wayne's work expanded, he also began using InterSpiritual for "branding"
purposes (probably because it had a bit more "pizzaz" and was a
distinctive spelling). However, he also continued using the spelling
"interspiritual" in discussion texts. When the network, InterSpiritual
Dialogue (www.isdna.org) was founded (2002) the word on the
legal documents (regarding the name) was InterSpiritual, with the word interspiritual also
used in text parts of that document. As the word got used verbally more and more
around the world, other people started spelling it like it sounded, leading to the other
spellings "inter-spiritual" and "inter spiritual".
FOUNDATIONAL SOURCES for
by Kurt Johnson and David Robert Ord
will appear from Namaste Publishing in fall/winter 2012. This is comprehensive new
guide to interspirituality, already endorsed by over thirty leaders across the world's
spiritual and transformational communities.
Watch for the new website www.thecominginterspiritualage.com
and see www.namastepublishing.com fall/winter 2012
also see this
Foundational article on The Heart of Brother Wayne
Teasdale's Vision of InterSpiritual Age by
and friends of Brother Wayne and founders with him, and others, of ISDnA linked
FOUNDATIONAL SOURCES for
There are many books we
recommend, by folk both in men's and women's bodies but, by circumstance, the
following have been key in the early evolution of the interspiritual vision as developed
Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions by Wayne Teasdale
Coming Interspiritual Age by Kurt Johnson and David Robert Ord (winter 2012)
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
by Ken Wilber
Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck
Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
an Introduction to his Interspiritual Thought by Wayne Teadale
Monk in the World by Wayne Teasdale
Pioneers photo archive HERE.