Reflections on InterSpirituality2018-04-15T10:49:41+00:00

Reflections on InterSpirituality and Your Motivation for this Course

Our cohort includes a wonderful diversity of spiritual seekers and meditation practitioners.  Whether or not we self-identify with a specific religion or practice, I’ll bet most of us  are curios about the experiences, practices and insights of others.  It is often fascinating to hear how others approach their path. Occasionally we might even learn something that can enhance our own practice!  By compassionately and nonjudgmentally listening, we help others to undercover the truths within them.  This open ‘interspiritual impulse’ is a hallmark of our times.

Please click here to read this article on InterSpirituality as a foundation for your reflection.

In this week’s reflection forum, please write up to 250 words about what brings you to this cohort and how you relate to this term “InterSpirituality.”  Why are you here and what do you hope to gain from this course?

Please compose your reflection as part of your weekly journal.  Then edit it into a concise reflection and post it.  We are now creating and virtual “circle of trust” in which we compassionately share, listen and help each other to reveal the wisdom that resides deeply within.  Your reflection will be a gift to everyone.  Please don’t be shy.

 

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  1. Ed Bastian April 13, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Please share your reflections (250 words or less) on InterSpirituality and your motivation for this course!

  2. Kjmorkan April 21, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Hi! I’m Kim, an American living in Ireland. I grew up devoutly Roman Catholic and have always loved learning about religion and spirituality. I have at different times found inspiration in things I’ve learned about Judaism and Buddhism, I’ve lived with wonderful Muslims and Armenian Christians in Turkey, and I love yoga as a form of meditation and have learned a bit about the larger philosophy of yoga. However, I’ve always struggled to find a real everyday practice that resonated with me. I’ve often felt neither here nor there with religion, not quite fitting into any group and wondering how to progress and really make a spiritual path ‘my own’. I also now have three small children and I really feel like I want to pass on to them the love of the search but also some form of spirituality to be a guide and comfort to them in their lives. I want to share with them something of the Catholicism of my youth and because it’s an important part of our family’s culture, but I struggle because my own beliefs have evolved a lot over time and I don’t feel like I can honestly teach them to be ‘proper’ Catholics without being hypocritical and I don’t want to exclude other wisdom and inspiration I’ve gained over the years. I’m trying to sort it all out so I have a direction, and also so I can share with my children something that is authentic for our family. I’m very excited about this course and the more I read of the book and as I begin practicing the meditation I think this form of practice might be just what I’ve been looking for all these years! I have a little 6 month old baby so it can be a challenge to find time and energy to meditate, but I’m going to put in a big effort to give this course my best effort! I’m looking forward to learning more and to hearing more about everyone else in this course and all the knowledge and wisdom they bring with them from their various spiritual paths.

  3. mscott April 21, 2018 at 5:33 am

    I have been meditating for a few years now, guided by the online teachings of a Buddhist teacher. My life has changed for the better as a result of this modest effort.
    At the same time, I am deeply rooted in the Episcopalian community to which I belong. This tradition nurtured me in childhood and adolescence, and then in late middle age up to now.
    I hope that this InterSpirituality course will allow me to continue to deepen my meditation practice, perhaps incorporating elements of both these revered and lasting traditions, as well as others that may resonate with my deepest longings.

  4. nancy.bray@yahoo.com April 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Never before have I experience possibly quite so profoundly the saying “when the student is ready the teacher appears”. My spiritual journey began in my late 20’s when I read the book, Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. His intimate portrayal of his love for God and God’s for him and the sense of complete trust moved me and rang true for me from a time when I was very young. The representation that life was about learning and fumbling and learning again with a precious intimacy with God was very different from my personal fear-driven experience being raised Catholic. A favorite Rumi quote of mine is “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I will meet you there”. I am grateful for healing I have had from various teachers over the past forty years but there is more work to do. Specifically, I can suffer from crippling anxiety and fear in some areas of my life.
    I have not really had any long-term or regular meditative practice. It was at the top of my wishlist when I retired 4 years ago but have never gotten around to it. Discipline is not something I do easily. I dabble in some of Deepak Chopra’s meditations from time to time. I am a bit of a jumping bean, although with a casual, laid-back demeanor, and yet I never quite stop for what I understand to be the most important of my true desires.
    I love the inclusiveness of the Interspirituality teachings in this course. This is not a difficult idea for me to embrace. I love learning about other cultures and their spiritual practices. Yet, I notice that it is not as easy to embrace this in my own backyard. My husband of 11 years is a retired evangelical pastor. Although I knew we had in common our love for God and a dependence on our faith, we were very different people. I notice even since last week how much more respectfully and reverently I hold his personal beliefs though many are different than mine. This can only be a good thing. Thank you for this incredible course!

  5. pahutton April 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I am almost 75 years old and am presently living in Central Illinois. My religious journey started in Fundamentalist Christianity, after several detours and weird church experiences, I settled in the Episcopal Church. When I moved from California to the Midwest 18 years ago, it seemed the Episcopal Church culture did not resonate with me, so I joined the Roman Catholic Church. I enjoy the liturgy and the community of a few friends there, but I am not in-tune with their understanding of God and some of their teachings.

    My spiritual journey has deepened over the years, however, I have always been on the fringe of traditional religion. I have had wonderful teachers, guides and spiritual directors that helped me along the way. . I began meditating over 25 years ago and found guidance for that from my Buddhist friends and colleagues as well as church and studies.

    I discovered the gifts of silence a long time ago. I realized that I am basically an introvert, so I enjoy living alone. I’ve “retired” several times, but always find myself engaging in some kind of “work”.

    This class immediately resonated with me. I anticipate that building a meditation practice will help me to better focus my thoughts and energy. I have the time and the motivation to work on that, so, here I am. I am excited and grateful for this opportunity.

  6. Revmark April 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Hello. My name is Mark. I live in Frankfort, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I am ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and consider myself to be a progressive, inclusive Christian. My interest in other faiths began 45 years ago when I was exposed to the work of Huston Smith, in particular The World’s Religions (at that time it was The Religions of Man). For many years I dabbled with learning about the major faith systems of the world through reading and attempts at some of the practices and disciplines. In 2011 we moved to Vermont where I was called to serve a church in the far Northeast corner of the state. Here I founded a group, Interfaith Partners, which included Protestants, Catholics. Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Unitarians, and Naturites (their term). For four years I became more intimately aware of the many nuances of faith that each of my sisters and brothers had to offer. I developed an appreciation for our similarities and our differences. We celebrated each others holy days together which brought us closer to each other, and I felt brought me closer to God and all creation. We left there in 2014 for Chicago, where we are now. I have not been able to find any of the many faith communities around me to interested in interfaith dialogue or exchange. Last year I discovered the book by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent and The World Wisdom Bible. These books helped to rekindle my passion for find how the teachings and wisdom of other faiths might help me strengthen my faith and find a closer communion with the Holy and all creation. I am hoping/praying that being a part of this fellowship of inclusive seekers I can better grow in my faith and sense of purpose in serving the Divine and all creation. Thank you for allowing me to be a fellow traveler on this journey of mystery and wonder.

  7. moses@otyek.com April 24, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Spirituality is the belief of a supernatural being that is in connection with ones self and the world. I see inter-spirituality is the practice of harmonising the spirituality of multiple different people, from different beliefs/religions/backgrounds without necessarily changing them.

    I am in this course to explore the beauty of in-depth meditation and self discovery through the knowledge and experience of ancient and current spiritual leaders. I hope this course can guide me down that interspiritual path and that this journey of self discovery will help me live a fuller life that is in more harmony with the rest of the world and society.

    Raised as a Catholic and converted to Pentecostal Christianity, I have grown in a sheltered world that has always fed me with thoughts and ideologies about morals, spirituality, community, etc. I am at a point in my life where I am questioning and seeking justification for a lot of these. Learning about other cultures and practices has helped answer a lot of these questions, and has changed many misconceptions that I have had.

    Thank you for creating this opportunity for me especially at this time in my life.

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