When people claim that "Every contemplative or mystical tradition is really saying the SAME thing," they fail to take into account the fact that each is actually contributing something UNIQUE to the Grand Mosaic of Divine Wisdom.
What they are actually saying is this: "Every contemplative or mystical tradition confirms what "I" believe!" But this is all subconscious, of course. People habitually and conveniently replace the "I" in this statement with "God" or "The Truth" or "The Way It Is," but the "I" is always present nonetheless.
One of the major insights of the postmodern era is the fact that "All knowledge is PERSPECTIVAL." It is definitely true that each tradition or non-tradition-based way of experiencing the Sacred taps into ONE Divine Self-awareness, but it is just as true to say that each contributes a DIFFERENT facet or perspective to that one sacred Self-knowledge.
Together, all of the various perspectives make for an AMAZING mosaic of spiritual wisdom!
Photo: Aspen trees just before sunset, near Kebler Pass, CO, September 25, 2015
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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.