Guy Claxton: SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY: ‘EFFING THE INEFFABLE’

Not to be missed – transcription HERE https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2014/02/science-and-spirituality-effing-the-ineffable/

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The difference between religion & spirituality – Richard Rohr

“Religion is lived by people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is lived by people who have been through hell and come out enlightened.”

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/639712-radical-grace-daily-meditations-by-richard-rohr

Wayne Teasdale and Matthew Fox on inter-spiritual living

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In The Mystic Heart (2001), Wayne Teasdale says, “The real religion of humankind can be said to be spirituality itself, because mystical spirituality is the origin of all the world religions. If this is so, and I believe it is, we might also say that inter-spirituality – the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions – is the religion of the third millennium.” (Teasdale, p. 26)

Teasdale explains, “Inter-spirituality is the foundation that can prepare the way for a planet-wide enlightened culture, and a continuing community among the religions that is substantial, vital, and creative” (p. 26).

He proclaims, “The fully formed mystic or contemplative is the new cultural hero who guides humankind to its maturity” (p. 192).

Matthew Fox affirms in ‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’ (Fox, 1988, p. 44), “The mystic lies deep in every person. … The reason human civilization is tired, depressed, unimaginative in dealing with unemployment, pollution, youth despair, injustice, and inequality is that we ‘do not even know who we are’” (p. 43-44).

“A spirituality that is only private and self…

“A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism.”
― Andrew Harvey, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

Just look at us Everything is backwards…

“Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality.”

Michael Ellner

I sometimes think of spirituality as teaching…

“I sometimes think of spirituality as teaching us to forgive others and psychotherapy as a way of learning to forgive ourselves.”
–Frances Vaughan

Tolle says that emotion and thoughts I would…

Tolle says that emotion and thoughts (I would say heart-mind for these two are in reality a singleness) are not necessarily ego, but often are.

“They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become ‘I’.”

A New Earth pp131-132