Are You Religious Or Are You Spiritual?
With better technology, more police, stiffer minimums, and bigger fails, we now “trail ‘em, nail ‘em, and jail ‘em” faster and harder than ever. Yet as crime is falling, both our prison population and our fear of crime keep rising. So something is terribly wrong. There must be a way to break the cycle of fear — to heal crime. And there is. It’s called restorative justice.
On tour for her book, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure, Elizabeth Lesser faced these questions as she traveled across the country. "These are the big questions of the hour," she says. "And it seemed to me that Huston Smith would make an ideal partner for further explorations. We began discussing them over lunch when he was teaching at Omega Institute. I followed up with a letter, and he graciously replied. Several letters later, I realized that we had built up a correspondence worth sharing…."
Exploring the question, "Are you religious or are you spiritual?" we present perspectives from Christopher Reeve, Jane Schuman, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Garrison Keillor, Cynthia Ginsburg, and Alice Fisher.
"For while the human being is as different as possible from a stone, yet man's innermost center is in a strange and special way akin to it (perhaps because the stone symbolizes mere existence at the farthest remove from the emotions, feelings, fantasies, and discursive thinking of the ego-consciousness). In this sense the stone symbolizes what is perhaps the simplest and deepest experience — the experience of something eternal that man can have in those moments when he feels immortal and unalterable." — Jungian analyst Marie Louise von Franz in Man and His Symbols
Psychologist Carl Jung believed that, in times of need, symbols emerge from a great archetypal well called the collective unconscious – symbols that define us at our core and transcend our lives.
Here a woman grapples physically with her own symbols — rock and stone — and finds unexpected healing. Maybe even an answer to Robert Frost’s grand challenge in his poem “Mending Wall”: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know/What I was walling in or walling out.”
Coping with chronic illness requires spiritual resources that children cannot easily talk about. Now a hospital chaplain has developed two simple, enjoyable techniques to help them express their fears and tap into their deepest strengths.
Decades of research worldwide suggest that cultures evolve in stages, a hierarchy like nesting Russian dolls elegantly described in the eight colors of Spiral Dynamics — and tested against apartheid. Surprisingly; the most dangerous stage may not be toward the bottom where people fight for survival, feudal power, and market share. Instead, it may be where we are…