WHAT IS INTER-SPIRITUALITY? – some definitions
Brother Wayne coined the term “interspirituality” in his book The Mystic Heart, defining the term as;
“the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” WT Wayne Teasdale
“Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness Interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, Mystic Heart
‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’ WT p26 The Mystic Heart
“Interspiritual dialogue can underpin a new kind of inter-religious dialogue” Wayne Teasdale
“Interspirituality is not a new form of spirituality or an overarching synthesis of what exists, but a willingness and determination to taste the depth of mystical life in other traditions.
Interfaith encounter, interreligious dialogue, and the collaborations of the religions, whether through interfaith organizations or more directly in bilateral relationships, are becoming permanent features of a new global culture.
Our knowledge of other religions and cultures is likewise increasing, opening the door to a universal understanding of religion, spirituality, and culture.” A Monk in the World, Wayne Teasdale
“identifying and embracing the mystical core or common ground of the world’s religions.”
This broad definition takes within its embrace solidarity with all human beings, benevolence, self-knowledge, simplicity of life, selfless service, compassionate action, and prophetic voice. –
See the Bussat’s book review here – http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/books.php?id=24657
Interspirituality is the coming together of people of all faiths and religions to create community and bonds that transcend the boundaries of religious definition and dialogue. – https://www.facebook.com/Interspiritual/info
The only conceivable religion for the 21stC is spirituality itself. – Wayne Teasdale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxiJhHWu7hE
“In a nutshell Interspirituality means that when you have entered the world of the Heart, the question of who is right or wrong with regard to belief or creed is pretty much irrelevant” Wayne Teasdale
-0-KURT JOHNSON: 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 “who’s ‘right’?”
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 irrelevant.
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”:
Bro. Wayne coined the word “interspiritual” in his classic book The Mystic Heart: Discovering 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”. – http://multiplex.isdna.org/interspi.htm