Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Old and new spirituality

"...the old way is the hierarchy has the authority. Church authorities tell you how to worship in church and how to behave outside of church. The new spirituality is that you are your own best authority as you work to know and love yourself, you discover how to live a more spiritual life. The old is God and the path to worship him have already been defined and all you need to do is follow the directions. The new is being able to listen within for your own definition of spirituality, your deeper longings are the compass on the search. And the old says that there's only one path it's the right way and all other ways are wrong. And the new spirituality says that many paths lead to spiritual freedom and peace. You have a rich array of gems from which to draw illumination.
The world's religious traditions, mythology, psychology, healing methods, scientific wisdom, your own experience and that you can begin to string a necklace all your own."

- "The Seeker's Guide", Elizabeth Lesser

According to survey, only 30% in the US now believe that their own religion is the "one and only true path". I'll bet that number was a lot bigger a few decades ago.

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