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The X Factor is the Answer



Spiritual Rx draws upon the hundreds of books, movies, and audios reviewed by our media editors, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, to offer a toolkit of resources for your spiritual practice. Spiritual Rx is a book (Hyperion, January 2000). In this exclusive preview, Fred and Mary Ann look to some of our most profound contemporary spiritual writers to discover guides, companions, and teachers for the journey into the blessings of unknowing.

This article appeared in the Winter 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. The Best Practice To be spiritual is to have an abiding respect for the great mysteries of life — the profound distinctiveness of other souls, the strange beauty of nature and the animal world, the ineffable complexity of our inner selves, the unfathomable depths of the Inexplicable One. The wisdom traditions challenge us to live within a cloud of unknowing. The first step in this practice is to cherish the baffling, curious, hidden, and inscrutable dimensions of your existence and the world around you. Live with paradoxes. Give up the idea that you can always "get it." Be suspicious of all the "ologies" that try to explain everything — from astrology to psychology to theology. Whenever you are honestly stumped by the existence of evil, injustice, or suffering, resist the temptation to ask "Why?" And never be afraid to admit "I don't know." The practice of mystery enhances our understanding of the complexity of reality. It is an affront to the modern need to have answers to every question and our tendency …

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat were this magazine's media editors in its early days, and the authors of Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Touchstone). 

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