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When I look back, my spiritual path began when I was a young teenager and just beginning to doubt the religious dogma of the church I was raised in. Although I liked and admired the preacher—and I remember thinking I’d like to be a minister when I grew up—I couldn’t go along when he told me that God was a Creator-Father-on-High who was judging my every thought, word, and action and who had total control of my life’s destiny. But at the same time, my doubts scared me. What if I was wrong? Would I spend eternity in Hell? Would I be set adrift in a treacherous sea of uncertainty without a compass to find my way back to the safe world of my parents? I eventually concluded that if I were ever to find the truth about God and real meaning and purpose for my life, I’d have to either find or come up with a spiritual path that made sense to me. Then I could do it wholeheartedly—and maybe even become a minister.So in my early 20s, I set myself adrift on a sometimes lonely and psychologically perilous journey to find life’s meaning and purpose. I was inspired by the idea of the Hero’s Journey, as Joseph Campbell te …

Edward Bastian, PhD, is president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation on the faculty of Antioch University, where he teaches Buddhism and Mindfulness Meditation. He is also an award-winning documentary film producer and author of Living Fully, Dying Well; InterSpiritual Meditation–A Seven-Step Process from the World’s Spiritual Traditions; and Mandala–Creating an Authentic Spiritual Path.

Bonus! Check out Edward Bastian’s Essential Conversations podcast with our very own Rabbi Rami.


Ed Bastian PhD is president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation, on the faculty of Antioch University, and author of InterSpiritual Meditation and Mandala: Creating an Authentic Spiritual Path. On October 2, Dr. Bastian will offer an eight-week program, “Creating an Authentic Spiritual Practice,” at spiritualpaths.net.To learn more about the Kalachakra film, please go to spiritualpaths.net/home/kalachakra-film.


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