- Regarding Recommendations Made by Universe Spirit and Integrative Spirituality
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- Independently evaluate all information presented
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The Universe Spirit website is owned by the non-profit organization called Integrative Spirituality Inc. Many sections of our site promote a co-creative wisdom collaboration among many diverse spiritual and secular traditions. Wisdom collaboration contributions made by other individuals or organizations in these sections of our web site do not necessarily represent the spiritual beliefs, views or opinions of our organization. All official statements representing our organization's positions and policies will be clearly labeled as official organizational positions or policies in a special Universe Spirit and Integrative Spirituality only section of our web site.
Universe Spirit in numerous sections of its website or materials makes recommendations to spiritual books, services, products and teachers from other denominations or groups that have either no direct relationship or connection to Universe Spirit, or they do have a direct relationship or connection with us.
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1.) We are making a review or recommendation. It is left to you to make up your own mind about the truth or value of the item. We are not making a blanket or absolute recommendation or endorsement for everything in or about the book, service, product, teacher, organization or individual involved.
2.) A Universe Spirit (Integrative Spirituality Inc,) recommendation is a very general recommendation that means "as far as we have reviewed this item" you might like most of what is being recommended or presented.
3.) There are probably a few things in each recommended book, service, product, teacher or organization that we might disagree with or would not endorse or, that we could or may have no knowledge about. For example, we recommend reading the Urantia book for the western mystical statements about the attributes of God found in section one of the book. While we do recommend the comprehensive collection of western mystical statements about the attributes of God as something that is valuable for you to review and independently decide upon, we do not endorse the 1930’s based genetic theories of race presented in other places in the Urantia book. As another example, if we recommend a spiritual teacher, we are saying generally we see this person is saying things worth your review and careful discernment. We are not endorsing their organization or the ethics of the organization’s practices or their current, past or future behavior or, either the individual or organization.
4.) We trust you will look both at any of our recommendations for a book, service, product, teacher, organization or individual and any material found on our website from the perspective of being in a huge spiritual cafeteria. We rely on the fact that just as you would not eat every food item found in a real cafeteria, you will not "eat" every item presented to you in the spiritual cafeteria of our website and organization where we recommended books, services, products, teachers, organizations or individual without using careful thought and discernment.
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Our web site is a place where there is an explicit understanding that each user will independently evaluate all information presented and carefully make up their own mind as to its usefulness and/or factual accuracy. This is because:
A. The individual is the final ecclesiastical authority: We believe that it is up to the individual to be the final ecclesiastical authority in honestly seeking out that which is spiritually true. Our organization does not have a Pope or final ecclesiastical authority because our highest belief is that all final spiritual truth and authority is determined and held by the individual with the assistance of the Divine Presence within them. We further believe that complete individual free will in spiritual matters is the prime spiritual directive of the universe. We do not recognize anyone in the Integrative Spirituality organization or in our community of independent co-creative spiritual sources who has been specially, uniquely or exclusively appointed by Ultimate Reality of all reality or that have an exclusive claim to a final ecclesiastical authority, divine leadership or special or exclusive spiritual revelation or leadership that must or should be held as a new or senior final truth for all of our other members of our spiritual community to abide by in their personal spiritual choices and beliefs.
B. Our organization believes that the combined group spiritual wisdom and maturity of our membership and, the already existing spiritual validity tests from all of the spiritual heritage of mankind is fully sufficient for both the individual and our organization to optimally decide both how to evolve and grow in the optimal spiritual way and what is most spiritually accurate for them. To help the adult individuals within our community make spiritual their own final determinations of spiritual truth for themselves we provide extensive cross cultural and cross denominational spiritual information on how to best connect with the highest self and/or Divine Presence already within themselves and then how to know they are hearing its most authentic spiritual guidance as well as manifesting the fruits of authentic spiritual growth. To further help the individual have the most life affirming spiritual information to use in their decisions, we also provide extensive cross cultural and cross denominational spiritual information, principles, creeds, codes of conduct, position papers, discussions etc. see links to left,) on all maters and issues of spirituality or living a spiritually principled life in the mostly secular world. But, all final decisions and authority on spiritual truth is ultimately in the hands of the individual.
C. The unknowable aspects of Ultimate Reality: We further believe that no one individual spiritual perspective or community created ecclesial statement of spiritual principle, authority or conscience will completely define or limit the possible future spiritual evolution of that spiritual perspective, principle or statement of conscience or of future spiritual development for the individual or our organization. We believe that it will be this way because we are in the incomplete process of spiritual evolution and the ultimate mysteries and infinite, absoluteness of the Ultimate Reality will never be fully knowable to finite minds. Humility toward the unknowable aspects of the Ultimate Reality will always exist in any authentic spirituality and it is healthy for this to be openly recognized in our spiritual community.
D. Metaphors, myths, and constructive spiritual "idea scaffolding" about Ultimate Reality: Because of these forever unknowable aspects of Ultimate Reality, all of our organizational and website efforts to fully know Ultimate Reality or any ultimate statements trying to fully define it will always be at best, evolving, partial and incomplete. They will always be our best individual or collective ever expanding spiritual metaphors, myths and constructive "idea scaffolding" that serves only to help us better grasp the spiritual realities of the unknowable absolute truth, beauty and goodness of Ultimate Reality. Our organization’s spiritual metaphors, myths and spiritual idea scaffolding will evolve and continually be re-released, remade and upgraded with each major step we make in evolving and achieving greater understandings of new aspects of the previously unknown Ultimate Reality. As an organization we further pledge not to let our particular spiritual metaphors, myths and evolving idea scaffolding separate us from the hearts and souls of the members of other spiritualities nor be the cause of intolerance or mental or physical violence toward their authentic spirituality or their spiritual metaphors, myths and scaffolding. We hope you will join us in this recognition of the appropriate value and role for spiritual metaphors, myths and spiritual idea scaffolding.
E. Most of the documents on our web site have been electronically scanned or manually entered. Even using the newest technologies, errors occur naturally during either of these processes.
F. BabelFish or Google language page translations found on the web site are automatic, translations courtesy of Altavista or Google. Because translation is at times subjective, in some translations they may not be completely accurate.
G. Some of the information contained on this website may be fictional works, "works in progress," or archival materials included only to preserve their possible historical or bibliographical value or for which even the author or contributor makes no claims as to the document's factual accuracy.
H. Independent individuals, organizations, or authors contributing documents to our web site wisdom collaboration may be exercising their constitutional rights of petition, free speech, participation in government, or freedom of religion in researching, evaluating and freely discussing any matter. These discussions or statements may be the constitutionally protected opinions, allegations, satire, fiction, or religious beliefs or religious opinions of these independent individuals, organizations, or authors and, as such, may or may not be factual.
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Because of the above you must evaluate, and bear the risk associated with, the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information content you add to or find on this website.
Universe Spirit (aka Integrative Spirituality inc.) does not prescreen or monitor all Content as a matter of policy, but Universe Spirit and Integrative Spirituality shall have the right, but not the responsibility, to remove Content which is deemed in Universe Spirit or Integrative Spirituality’s sole discretion harmful, offensive, or otherwise in violation of its User Agreement this Disclaimer or any other rules Universe Spirit or Integrative Spirituality has in place at the time. Universe Spirit or Integrative Spirituality may elect at its sole discretion to monitor some, all, or no areas of Universespirit.org for adherence to this Agreement or Universe Spirit's or Integrative Spirituality’s rules.
Universe Spirit and Integrative Spirituality Inc. is a not for profit spiritual organization. While we may issue position papers on the spiritual principles related to political issues, we never endorse political candidates or engage in political lobbying. Any political statements or endorsements made by individuals or organizations adding information to our website do not represent a political endorsement, political lobbying or the position or policy of Universe Spirit and Integrative Spirituality.
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We are a place where individuals and organizations can share and collaborate upon collective spiritual wisdom. By merging that wisdom with the truth, rationality and effectiveness of our sciences, a higher, and broader spiritualized vision of ourselves and the evolving world will emerge. We trust that these new inner and outer world visions will dramatically enhance the development of effective integral solutions to individual, social and planetary challenges. We trust it will create a just and sustainable world that works for every one now as well as for future generations.
It is not our intent to create one world religion nor do we believe that such a thing is advisable. We believe that the Ultimate Reality values and delights in the variety of spiritual/religious diversity. Spiritual diversity serves as a vital communication and teaching tool for the many different personality types, individual psycho-social developmental levels and multitude of cultures. We believe in the critical necessity for many unique spiritual approaches and without this essential diversity, spirituality would be like the sound of an orchestra playing a symphony with only one instrument. It would lack depth, harmony and balance. This is partially why we present so many approaches to spiritual wisdom to expand the global spiritual commons.
We honor the many religions and spiritualities in the world like individual stories and chapters in a book by one great author. To the reader each separate story in the book still retains its own indispensable value and uniqueness and can be appreciated individually, or as a valued component of a compilation of stories that reflect an author's history and their ongoing relationship to their body of work.
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