I’m really excited about this upcoming event that speaks to the future of spirituality…
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The Rise of World Spirituality
Special to the Union: April 2012
World Spirituality is an exciting, emerging vision that holds the promise of finding common ground on which to build our future and end our culture wars. It is not a new religion. It represents a new and inclusive way of embracing the diverse richness of all our social, moral, religious, secular, and inspirational teachings in a 21st-century spiritual framework.
It has taken us a hundred years of spiritual exploration to arrive at a critical mass of people who are ready, willing, and able to understand how this can be done. The list of well-known visionaries incorporating this new framework into their teachings is growing rapidly.
What’s different at this time in our history?
In this information age, we finally have the capability to access and understand the depth and breadth of our human condition. We can see what has worked and what has not. We have come to recognize that we each play a critical role in a growing global interdependence that begs for more enlightened participation. We want our smart phones but we also want them to be responsibly manufactured, and we ourselves must become increasingly responsible stewards of our planet’s resources and health.
We can begin to see the common threads that unite us. By emphasizing the common elements behind our shared aspirations, we are more likely to find a common ground on which to meet our deepest objectives. We can also learn to appreciate the diversity and richness each unique path contributes whether it comes from traditional religion, science, psychology, perennial wisdom, brain research, or the evolution of consciousness.
What has not worked in the past is our focus on the “how” instead of the “what” of our longing: we get bogged down in how we express and practice our beliefs and consequently lose focus on the essence of what we are commonly striving for. The last 30 years have given us the tools and insights to understand and embrace more fully the many unique paths that all point toward peace, fullness, love, compassion, and growth.
We now know it is possible to honor differing paths in a way that creates a united front to navigate today’s global challenges. We each have a voice in solving global opportunities that call us to work together in financial, ecological, humanitarian, media, scientific, and governing challenges, whether we like it or not.
What does World Spirituality have to contribute toward the financial crisis in Greece, the growing polarization in politics, or the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East? Why has the most profound and historically unifying resource available to us, spirituality, lagged behind? What has happened to diminish the historical value and importance of spirituality, our universal call to something higher and greater? Why are more and more people self-identifying as “spiritual but not religious”? What will it take to recapture the power of spirituality in a 21st-century world without the baggage of past mistakes?
To help you answer these important questions Soulworkers Centre of Grass Valley is sponsoring a free multi-media presentation on Saturday, April 28, at St Joseph’s Cultural Center. Bob Mackura will share what has brought us to the edge of this evolutionary shift of epic proportions. You will learn how we can bridge the best of the Eastern and Western spiritual traditions in a framework more suited to this century. You will be encouraged to find your own unique role in co-creating this new World Spirituality.
Bob Mackura is an author, spiritual mentor, and teacher with 20 years of experience. Prior to focusing on leading-edge spiritual matters, he spent his life in similar pioneering roles in international business and other multicultural arenas. For the past six years his sanctuary has been Soulworkers Centre in Grass Valley. Soulwork is the culmination of the best of what he has learned through decades of exploration with teachers of many cultures, backgrounds, and spiritual paths.
Marti Ross is the event coordinator. She and her husband participate on a regular basis at Soulworkers Centre as a way of complementing their membership in a local spiritual community.
Know & Go
What: The Rise of World Spirituality
When: Saturday, April 28, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church Street, Grass Valley
Information: 530-798-9190, email@example.com or www.soulworkers.com