Forging one's own interspiritual path is not a matter of doing "whatever one wants" but of following the guidance of the Spirit.
"A major way of being interspiritual is to follow one's inner guidance, what George Fox, founder of the Quakers, called one's 'inner teacher,' and what Christians have often referred to as the 'guidance of the Holy Spirit' as a primary methodology for one's spiritual path. When people talk about this way of being interspiritual, they often assume that one is creating their own path by following 'whatever one wants' (relying on self with a small 's' vs. the guidance of the tradition). I would like, however, to distinguish following 'whatever one wants' from 'following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.' In our age this way may not lead to being embedded in a particular tradition (without eliminating the possibility). It is this distinction between self and Holy Spirit that I believe allows us to really explore what it means to have an authentic spirituality that can serve young people, many of whom don't necessarily feel called to start or end their journey in one specific tradition. While there are many examples of people who simply 'shop around' and use their quest and lack of commitment as a way to bypass important issues of the path, it is important to make a distinction between that and what we are talking about here. In my experience, most young people (especially those who call themselves 'spiritual but not religious') start with this way of being interspiritual."
"The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living"
Photo: Horsetooth Reservoir, Larimer County, CO, January 10, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.