Develop Your Personal Meditation

InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) is a universal, holistic and integrated 7-Step process.  It is designed to improve our relationships, professions and service to others.  It fosters profound meaning, purpose and happiness for our lives.  We begin by honoring, harnessing and harmonizing our personal meditation styles.  Then, we explore wisdom and techniques of great meditative traditions.  Our videos, content resources, tools, mentors and support community help us to cultivate a mature and sustainable practice. 

1. Heath & Happiness
2. Gratitude
3. Transformation

4. Love & Compassion
5. Mindfulness
6. Wisdom
7. Service

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Harness Your Personal Learning Styles

We begin by discovering our internal archetypal styles. They are the lenses through which we perceive spiritual information and practice.  The Spiritual Styles Profile Tool helps us to discover, honor, harness and harmonize our 12 families of archetypal styles.  They are named in outer ring of the InterSpiritual Mandala. 

  • Arts
  • Body
  • Devotion
  • Imagination
  • Love
  • Meditation
  • Mystic
  • Nature
  • Prayer
  • Reason
  • Relationship
  • Wisdom

Discover Answers to Your Big Questions

Next, we ask our big questions with the assistance of our spiritual styles,.  The Spiritual Questions Profile Tool helps spark our curiosity to discover the answers that will give our lives the meaning, purpose that define our spiritual path.  The middle ring of the InterSpiritual Mandala contains 12 families of universal questions.

  • Conciousness
  • Death
  • Existence
  • Freedom
  • God
  • Good & Evil
  • Happiness
  • Reality
  • Soul
  • Spirit-Beings
  • Suffering
  • Transformation & Ultimate Potential
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Learn from Great Teachers & Traditions

Finally, we seek answers from 12 families of spiritual and secular traditions.  Our custom web search tools help us to explore and discover the wisdom that will define our personal spiritual path and meditation practice. The inner ring of the InterSpiritual Mandala contains these sources.

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Taoism
  • General (Spiritual)
  • Indigenous
  • Mythology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Science

Gradually, each participant will create their own personal mandala containing a comprehensive record of their personal answers, sources, and workbook-journal entries that define their unique path and practice.

Become an InterSpiritual Mentor

The InterSpiritual Mentor training process entails the following:

  • The Mandala course and capstone paper.
  • This ISM course and capstone paper.
  • Monthly video calls with trainee cohort.
  • Guidance from a certified Mentor and Dr. Ed Bastian.
  • Practicum with mentees who are enrolled in our courses.
  • A final capstone paper.
  • Attending a final retreat and certification ceremony.

Join Our Learning & Practice Community!

Here are the ways you can participate.

1. Enroll in one of our courses
2. Become an annual subscribing member
3. Work with one of our mentors.

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What people say?

Spiritual Paths is an excellent program that grew out of the Snowmass Inter-religious Conference at St. Benedict’s Monastery. As inter-religious dialogue continues to deepen and spread, experienced spiritual practitioners, with some capacity for scholarship, need to suggest what works best for spiritual growth. This is the thrust of the Spiritual Paths conferences and educational activities
Father Thomas Keating
Founder, Centering prayer
Spiritual Paths brings together the wisdom of authentic teachers from the worlds spiritual traditions, provides an excellent curriculum based on those traditions, and leads us toward a new paradigm of InterSpiritual education and practice.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter
Founder, Jewish renewal
I am particularly excited by this initiative of Edward Bastian and the Spiritual Paths Foundation. It as a sea change in the evolution of what we used to call the ecumenical activity. I see us coming into the next phase of inter-religious dialogue, to introduce one another to the inner experience of each others faith traditions. For when we do, we shall come to the realization that the end is One. In a sense, the previous intellectual phase of inter-religious dialogue was like reading cookbooks on French food, or Indian food what Spiritual Paths is suggesting we do now, is to taste and sample it!
Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf
Founder of ASMA, American Sufi Muslim Association
Dr. Bastian has done for spirituality what I've worked to do with archetypes, developing a system through which anyone--religious or not--can identify his or her own natural mode of assessing spiritual truth. Dr. Bastian's work is a great and important breakthrough, as so many believe they are not spiritual because they do not follow a particular dogma or because the tradition in which they were raised does not fit for them. His work also can be of assistance to those within any spiritual tradition to expand their horizons and to promote respectful interfaith dialogue.
Carol Pearson
Past President, Pacifica Graduate University
ISM is an open-hearted and truly universal practice. If ever there was a practice to help us get spiritually unstuck, this is it.”
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
Author and Teacher
While many religions propose superiority to other traditions, Ed Bastian has been promoting an integrative approach to becoming intimate with one's sense of spiritual purpose for many years now. His book takes the reader through a journey of many ways of knowing the awe of sacred connection and encourages each person to accept their own unique mosaic of meaning. He shares some of his own path with the reader in an open and genuine manner and demonstrates the wisdom of complexity in an expanded vision for what is possible on this planet.
Juliet Rohde-Brown
Dept. Chair, Pacifica Graduate University

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February 25 - April 28, 2019
Honor, Harness & Harmonize
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