What is “interspiritual?”
- It is not a new religion.
- It is not a replacement for your spiritual path.
- It is not a blending of all paths.
- It is not trying to identify who has the right belief.
- It is a willingness to find wisdom regardless of the label it is expressed within.
- It is an attitude of respect and appreciation for those who have traveled ahead of us.
- It is a focus on experiences of heart and unity consciousness rather than on creeds and beliefs.
- It is a recognition of a common mystical basis and experience within all the great wisdom traditions.
This sounds a lot like Interfaith—what’s the difference?
Interfaith means different things to different people. In one sense, interfaith simply means involving people of different religions. But we want to also include people without a defined religion (e.g. “Spiritual but not Religious”). For some people the word interfaith is associated with “interfaith studies.” This commonly brings to mind courses like “comparative religions.” Unfortunately, all too often, these courses are either a survey of various religions—or if they really compare religions—they tend to focus on the differences between religions. In other words, they tend to focus on how we are different (which unfortunately tends to keep people separate). Finally, the word interfaith is sometimes used as shorthand for “interfaith dialogue.” Again, this implies a constructive dialogue and/or interaction among people of various religions or faith traditions, for instance working together on social projects, and thus generating more tolerance—but it commonly stops short of actually worshipping together! So we think of interfaith as a stepping stone to a deeper connection among people of different faith traditions leading towards interspiritual fellowship.