What is World Spirituality based on Integral Principles?
What is the difference between World Spirituality and a Religion?
What is the difference between World Spirituality and Interfaith?
What is the difference between World Spirituality and Perennial Philosophy?
What is the difference between World Spirituality and Evolutionary Spirituality?
And why should we care?
What does it mean for me personally on a very practical level?
There are six key distinctions which help to define World Spirituality based on Integral principles.
1. It is not Interfaith — When you consider the impetus behind it, it is arguably lacking in depth, rigor, and passion. It is sometimes said that interfaith dialogue connects Jews who didn’t believe in Judaism with Christians who didn’t believe in Christianity.
2. It is not perennial philosophy – In the work of Frithof Shuon, Gerard Heard, Huston Smith, and other perennial philosophers there are shared depth structures of meaning that all world traditions hold in common. This approach moves beyond surface structure disagreement (rituals, creeds, beliefs, etc.) and finds common depth structures. Although this is a correct, profound insight, it has a major weakness. Perennial philosophy misses the fact that all the Great Traditions are pre-modern in origin, arising in ways that have been criticized as regressive, ethnocentric, homophobic, exploitative, anti-feminine, and anti-Earth.
3. World Spirituality is perennial philosophy in an evolutionary context – It receives the deep structures of the traditions accessed by the Eye of Spirit, and it experiences meaning as evolving. Drawing on the best insights of modernity and post-modernity, it embraces the evolving context of depth structures.
4.There are two major ways in which World Spirituality relates to the Great Traditions: (a) translineage, and (b) the “dual citizen”. In the first option, the practitioner makes a translineage commitment to practices and obligations belonging to more than one tradition. In the second option, the practitioner is committed to one tradition, but does not identify exclusively with that tradition. The dual citizen transcends and includes affiliation with traditions while bringing on board the insights of interfaith dialogue and the perennial philosophy.
5. World Spirituality includes and transcends Evolutionary Spirituality – There is an evolutionary impulse living in you to which you can awaken. This core insight of evolutionary spirituality is embraced by World Spirituality, but in a manner which is not just for the élite. There are modular practices for wherever you are which are more mainstream and populist than envisioned by evolutionary spirituality.
6. For the first time in history, World Spirituality is required.
A) We need a global spirituality because our challenges are global.
B) We’ve been able to gather shared depth structures of truth. We have access to sacred texts and living teachers teaching outside of one tradition exclusively.
C) For the first time in history, there is a critical mass of people at a level of consciousness which is worldcentric. They are not only identified with an immediate circle, but with a global context.
Evolution rises to meet the new emergent of World Spirituality. We have a shared vision of spirit. What unites is greater than what divides us. Sharing a common matrix is essential to the evolutionary response that is facing us today.