Keys to Nondual Interspirituality 1: Heschel – 'We are Citizens of Two Realms'

Heschel wrote;

‘The search for reason ends at the shore of the known;
on the immense expanse beyond it
only the sense of the ineffable can glide.
It alone knows the route to that
which is remote from experience and understanding.

Neither is amphibious:
reason cannot go beyond the shore,
and the sense of the ineffable
is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….

Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:
we sense the ineffable in one realm;
we name and exploit reality in another.’

In this wonder-full passage Heschel tells us a number of key things about the nature of what it is to be human and about our relation to the physical and spiritual cosmos.

Heschel is the master on awe, wonder and the ineffable. He is a philosopher and spiritual teacher who is also a poet.

We are ‘citizens of two realms’ tells us that we are born to live in the dual, contingent world. We are challenged to discover, realize and integrate within ourselves the ineffable, transcendent realm. Reinforced by our contemporary society, most manipulatively by ‘mammon’, we are led into believing that this is reality. Whereas from all of the great spiritual teachers we gradually learn, through our unhappiness and the dull ache of not ‘being home’, that this is our false self. The answer lies in realizing our true Self – the Transcendent realm.

The dual is our small island of knowledge – of the dual, contingent world. The nondual is the infinite Ocean that surrounds our little island i.e. Mystery, the Whole, YHWH, the Source etc.

Experience in the ineffable realm is by definition indescribable but thank God the Messengers of God and poets give us glorious intimations.


To date the best way of describing nondual experience is;

When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness – the dual world slips away…..

SCOTT KILOBY an interview – on Buddha at the Gas Pump

Also see

Scott Kiloby is a “Non-Dual” author/teacher from Southern Indiana (USA). He is the author of “Love’s Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search” and “Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment.”

He is also the creator of a revolutionary addiction recovery method called Natural Rest. His book, “Natural Rest: Finding Recovery Through Presence,” is scheduled for release in early 2011. In addition to details of his meetings and retreats, there are many essays, quotations and videos which can be viewed on his web site. He also holds frequent meetings all over the world, in person and online via Skype and teleconferencing.

To quote Scott,

“We live our lives asleep. Our minds are programmed for self-centeredness. This programming causes us to spend our lives seeking the future for a sense of contentment we can’t seem to find. It causes conflict in our relationships. To say that we live in self-centeredness is not a moral judgment. It’s a statement of fact.

The good news is that awakening from this self-centered dream is possible in this lifetime. This awakening reveals a depth of freedom and contentment that no relationship, job, material item, self-improvement plan, or any other accomplishment or attainment in the material world can bring.

This level of freedom frees us from our endless seeking towards future. It frees us from conflict so that our real nature as love shines through, affecting every area of our lives.”

Interview recorded 12/4/2010.

BATGAP (Buddha at the Gas Pump) is at –

What exactly is inter-spirituality? – See William Keepin's article in this FREE eBOOK: Song of the Earth

Keepin Song of the Earth

What exactly is inter-spirituality?

Probably the best introductory article is by William Keepin. It is entitled ‘InterSpirituality: Bridging the Religious and Spiritual Traditions of the World’.

It is to be found at – p194 – of this wonderful free ebook online as a PDF – The editors are Maddy Harland and William Keepin.


The CONTENTS of the book are;

Foreword Mark Richmond ix
Introduction Maddy Harland & William Keepin xi

1 The Holistic Worldview
Inner Net of the Heart: William Keepin 2
The Emerging Worldview of Oneness
Towards A Biomimicry Culture Elisabet Sahtouris 18
of Cooperation
A Gaian Worldview Ross Jackson 25
The Dual Origin of the Universe May East 36
Living the New Worldview: Hildur Jackson 41
Global Justice & Saving Three Billion
Years of Evolution
Human Being as Miniature Galaxy William Keepin 47

2 The Awakening & Transformation of Consciousness
Earth as Sacred Community Thomas Berry 52
The Urgent Need for Spiritual Awakening Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo 58
Spiritual Responsibility at a Time Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 63
of Global Crisis
Living in Auroville: a Laboratory of Evolution MARTI 73
Who Am I? Why Am I Here? Hildur Jackson 81
Living the New Worldview
The Great Transformation: The Opportunity David Korten 91
The Great Turning Joanna Macy 93
& Chris Johnstone
The Shambhala Warrior The Venerable Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche 99


3 Reconnecting With Nature
Ancient Prophecies and The Vision Quest Hanne Marstrand Strong 102
as a Path to Oneness
The Declaration of the Sacred Earth Gathering The Wisdom Keepers 108
Riding the Paradox: A Colourful Middle Way Pracha Hutanuwatr 110
& Jane Rasbash
The Bioregional Vision Gene Marshall 116
Voices of our Ancestors Dhyani Ywahoo 118
Pathways to Integration: Maddy Harland 120
Rediscovering the Song of the Earth
Seeding the Round Planet Stephan Harding 127
Japanese Haiku MARTI 129
4 Health & Healing
The World as a Holowave: Dieter Duhm 134
Theory of Global Healing
Planetary Healing: Maddy Harland 142
A New Narrative
Healing Ourselves Maddy Harland 148
The Power of Reconciliation and Forgiveness Duane Elgin 155
The Intelligent Heart Michael Stubberup 163
& Matias Ignatius
Peace Circle Dialogues: Karambu Ringera 170
I Am Because You Are
The Cracked Mirror Wangari Maathai 174
Maher – Rising to New Life: William Keepin 179
Interview with Lucy Kurien
Health in the Global South Rashmi Mayur 185
A Healthy Lifestyle Dr Cornelia Featherstone 187
The Dream of the Children Sabine Lichtenfels 190


5 Socially Engaged Spirituality
InterSpirituality: Bridging the Religious William Keepin 194
and Spiritual Traditions of the World
The Spiritual Imperative Satish Kumar 202
Guidelines for Socially Engaged Spirituality William Keepin 214
Silence and the Sacred: William Keepin 220
Interview with Craig Gibsone and Robin Alfred
Spirituality in Damanhur Macaco Tamerice 235
A Brief Snapshot of Auroville, India MARTI 242
Plum Village: MARTI 244
A Spiritual Perspective on Community
The Awakening of the World, the Village, Hildur Jackson 246
the Nation and the World:
The Sarvodaya Vision for the Global Future
A Hopi Elder Speaks The Elders Oraibi 254

It is the duty of Christians now…

It is “the duty of Christians now to draw from the rich heritage of the East the elements compatible with their faith in order to enrich Christian thought. The Church of the future will judge herself enriched by all that comes from today’s engagement with Eastern cultures and will find in this inheritance fresh cues for fruitful dialogue with the cultures which will emerge as humanity moves into the future.”
John Paul II in his Encyclical on Faith and Reason.

Pope Benedict in his interfaith meeting during his visit to the USA, after naming the dialogue of truth on the deeper questions of human life as the higher goal of interreligious dialogue, declared that;

“the ardent desire to follow in Christ’s footsteps spurs Christians to open their minds and hearts in dialogue”

he concluded with these words:

“By giving ourselves generously to this sacred task- through dialogue and countless acts of love , understanding and compassion – we can be instruments of peace for the whole human family.”
Tablet 26 April 2008
SOURCE: the Wild Goose Sangha

Wholeness, interfaith, interspiritual, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict, East-West, dialogue, East-West dialogue, Faith and Reason, love understanding and compassion, peace, instruments of peace, interreligious dialogue, whole human family,