we all are Noble Savages. We all have the task of taming our
savagery and recognizing, embracing and enhancing our nobility. We are
called on to use our physical embodiment for the work of our spirit, for
an ongoing evolution on levels of existence of which we are only dimly
aware. I know, underlying that sentence there are many assumptions that
you may question, and you might use different words.
is the focus all this? More and more, it comes down to one message for me:
The Message of Unity. And increasingly I see it best manifested in
what some of us call interspirituality. I invite you to join in
this exploration by letting us know your thoughts and experiences,
agreements and disagreements.
banner of this newsletter and website is Interfaith Unity. The
theme of unity helps us to select among the wealth of wonderful events and
resources available. Much of the activity we report on is of an interfaith
and multifaith nature. For some time now, we have also tried to emphasize
this newer area: interspirituality. Some credit that term to the
late Brother Wayne Teasdale. He was a disciple of Bede Griffith,
another Roman Catholic monk who became a Sanyasin and led an Ashram
in India. He saw no conflict in engaging in the spiritual practices of
both Christianity and Hinduism, or any other. Here is Wayne Teasdale in The
Mystic Heart: Finding a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions:
are at the dawn of a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to
our life as the human family in a fragile world. This
birth into a new awareness, into a new set of historical circumstances,
appears in a number of shifts in our understanding:
emergence of ecological awareness and sensitivity to the natural
organic world, with an acknowledgment of the basic fragility of the
growing sense of the rights of other species.
recognition of the interdependence of all domains of life and
ideal of abandoning a militant nationalism as a result of this
tangible sense of our essential interdependence.
deep, evolving experience of community between and among the
religions through their individual members.
growing receptivity to the inner treasures of the world’s
openness to the cosmos, with the realization that the relationship
between humans and the earth is part of a larger community of the
of these shifts represents dramatic change; taken together, they will
define the thought and culture of the third millennium.
… We could really name this age after any of
these shifts in understanding. To
encompass them all, however, perhaps the best name for this new segment
of historical experience is the "Interspiritual
join me in exploring this hopeful and optimistic vision in future issues
of this newsletter.
wish you well from sunny San Miguel de Allende, a mile high on the great
central plateau of Mexico, the historic centre of its revolution of
independence. Amid the rich colours and sounds of a Mexican community, in
perpetual sunshine, we are also blessed with many artists and programs in
English for the expatriates living here. And there is an emphasis on
environmental, social justice and spiritual concerns.
the ceremonial plaza of the vast Botanical Gardens, decorated with the
symbols of many spiritual traditions, some 38 groups come regularly to
conduct their rituals. At first there were only native groups—not
thoroughly Catholic, nor thoroughly Indian, as our guide put it—with
full moon ceremonies and a sweat lodge, and now many other types of groups
can find this interspiritual unity wherever we go, if we look for it.