The InterSpiritual Mandala
The InterSpiritual Mandala provides an InterSpiritual, holistic and integral process and structure for creating a spiritual path.
We begin by completing the Spiritual Styles and Questions Profile Tools. These help reveal our natural ways of knowing, i.e, the styles and questions that often lay hidden beneath the surface of our minds. Spiritual Styles are the lenses through which we perceive and process spiritual questions, answers and practices. They influence our spiritual perspectives and our meditative practices.
Next, we harness our spiritual styles to explore answers and practices offered by authentic spiritual and secular resources. By honoring and harnessing our natural styles, our personally meaningful answers can emerge, our spiritual path can be defined and our lives can have ultimate meaning and purpose.
The Spiritual Paths Mandala outlines a life-long journey of spiritual inquiry, insight and integration wherein we are empowered to fully engage the challenges of the world from the inside out. The Mandala contains twelve families of spiritual styles, questions and traditions. By systematically moving through these, we gradually can discern valid teachers and resources for us and integrate the knowledge, practices and experiences that will define our own spiritual paths.
|Twelve Families of Traditions|
|1. Way of the Arts||Consciousness||Buddhism|
|2. Way of the Body||Eternality||Christianity|
|3. Contemplation & Meditation||Death||Hinduism|
|4. Way of Devotion||Existence||Islam|
|5. Way of Imagination||Freedom||Judaism|
|6. Way of Love & Compassion||God||Taoism|
|7. Way of the Mystic||Good & Evil||The 12 Steps of AA|
|8. Way of Nature||Happiness||Indigenous, Shamanic|
|9. Way of Prayer||Reality||Other|
|10. Way of Reason||Spirit Beings||Psychology, Philosophy, Mythology|
|11. Way of Relationships||Suffering||Science|
|12. Way of Wisdom||Transformation & Ultimate Potential||Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR)|