Wayne Teasdale and Matthew Fox on inter-spiritual living

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).

Four key articles for understanding interfaith as inter-spirituality

1) Best introduction – https://universalistspirit.wordpress.com/about/extracts-from-interspirituality-bridging-the-religious-and-spiritual-traditions-of-the-world-by-william-keepin/

NB the whole of the book in which Keepin’s superb piece is free online HERE – http://www.satyana.org/pdf/SongoftheEartheBook.pdf

2) Mysticism as the Crossing of Ultimate Boundaries – by Wayne Teasdale – http://csp.org/experience/docs/teasdale-mysticism.html

3) The Mystical Core of Organized Religion – David Steindl-Rast – http://csp.org/experience/docs/steindl-mystical.html

4) Aldous Huxley’s Perennial Philosophy is HERE – https://archive.org/stream/perennialphilosp035505mbp#page/n5/mode/2up

You might also enjoy

Introduction to the Bhagavad-Gita (Translation of Bhagavad-Gita by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood.) by Aldous Huxley – http://parvati.tripod.com/perennial.html

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I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery. – Aldous Huxley – Those Barren Leaves (1925). – cf –



Inter-spirituality is focused on

“the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.”


‘…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

Let us each examine our faith If…

“Let us each examine our faith. If it is rooted in love, mercy, kindness, and compassion, we are on the right track.”

The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion
Wayne Teasdale

Interspirituality is concerned with “the recovery of the…

Interspirituality is concerned with “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, The Mystic Heart



‘Sanctity/holiness is realizing how much we are being conditioned by the ego’ – Bede Griffiths quoted by Wayne Teasdale HERE

Teasdale goes on to say that once we have this perspective we have a tool to transcend it! POW!
Wilber comes back with ‘spirit is that ever-present noticing’ – POW!

The Mystic Heart dialogue between Wilber & Teasdale PART 7 – Out of the self into the light