"[In my younger years] I practiced Eastern meditation techniques and Christian contemplative prayer, chanted in Arabic and Hebrew, fasted and vision-quested and studied ancient texts. Well-meaning elders patted me on the head and told me it was very nice that I was sipping from the cups of all these different traditions, but that one day I was going to have to choose one and 'go deep' if I ever hoped to have any kind of substantial spiritual experience. Naturally, the underlying message I picked up from this was that I must be a superficial dabbler incapable of showing up for the rigors of a Real Path. But I was neither lazy nor ambivalent - quite the opposite. I knew what I wanted: nothing less than union with the source of all the love in the universe. And nothing could stop me from getting it . . . Choosing one form in which to worship felt like violating my essential covenant with my Beloved, who could not be held in any single container. Eventually I realized that I already was 'going deep' in multiple traditions, and had been all along, not in spite of my pluralistic behavior but BECAUSE of it: by having profound and life-changing encounters with the God of Love wherever I could find him."
"Coming Out as Interspiritual,"
Huffington Post, July 19, 2012
Photos: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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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.