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Our Mission

The mission of the Spiritual Paths Foundation is to help people of all ages and backgrounds to create a personal spiritual path and a compassionate wisdom for serving themselves, their communities, the Earth and all living beings.   We offer retreats, workshops, books and online courses on InterSpiritual Meditation and the InterSpiritual Mandala Process.  We help people to harness their spiritual learning styles and questions to create a personal spiritual path and contemplative practice from authentic resources within the world’s great spiritual and secular traditions.

The Need
Identity, Meaning, Purpose, Connection

We are in the midst of unprecedented change.  Our lives are rocked and enriched by new technologies, the Internet and omnipresent diversity of ethnicity, race and religion.  Memberships in traditional religious institutions is declining as more and more people identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR), “spiritually independent,”  or “spiritually fluid.”

Yet we humans still yearn for a deeper knowingness about our essential identity, about our life’s meaning and purpose, and about our connection both with others and an all-encompassing universal reality or Truth that underlies our very existence.

We need for new kind of spiritual education, tailored to our times, to help us find answers to these fundamental human questions and to create our individual spiritual path to guide us through today’s challenges.  We need a new method and process to help us sift through today’s marvelous spiritual diversity, to learn from authentic teachers and traditions and to create a personal path and meditation practice and to be in service to others.

The Spiritual Paths Foundation was created in 2002 to fulfill this need.

Fulfilling the Need

The Spiritual Paths Foundation helps each individual to develop a personal spiritual path and meditative practice through books, online courses, videos, multi-day retreats, mentor training and individual mentoring. Since 2002 we have brought together more than 40 esteemed teachers from many spiritual and meditative traditions to share their wisdom, experiences and methods for cultivating the qualities required for profound individual and societal transformation.

Our students engage in a process of inquiry, insight and integration. Building on their own natural spiritual learning styles and deepest questions we help them to cultivate their own spiritual paths and meditative practices.  They learn to engage in the world by leading from within.

We call this work “InterSpiritual” because of our open curiosity and celebration of the marvelous diversity of compassionate spiritual perspectives, processes and paths from the world’s wisdom resources that include spiritual, philosophical, mythological psychological and scientific traditions.  In our courses, presentations, meditations, discussions and mentoring we engender a heart-based interconnection with one another that is the foundation for wise, compassionate and peaceful engagement in the world.

Our courses and educational materials help participants develop a sustainable contemplative practice, benefit from the wisdom of diverse traditions and create a community of people from many spiritual perspectives.  We help individuals to develop their own spiritual paths and the InterSpiritual Wisdom to guide them in their personal lives, relationships, professions, and service to others.

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Be the Change You Wish to See in the World *

Changing the world requires us first to become
compassionate, wise and strong.
It requires us to know ourselves
and our purpose for living.

These are the essential qualities of the human spirit.
Therefore we call them spiritual.
Our spiritual path helps us to actualize these.

There are many spiritual paths for many types of individuals.
Therefore, our mission is to help each individual to find a spiritual path
and a meditation practice that aligns with their own unique
spiritual styles, questions and life experiences.

We help each person to learn and embody the wisdom
from the world’s great spiritual and secular traditions
to become the change they wish to see in the world.

 *Mahatma Gandhi’s actual words:
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.
As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. …
We need not wait to see what others do.