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Eco-Community with Spirit

The Rapid Growth of Personalized Spirituality Within Religion 1.5

There are many other reasons that an evolutionary, open-source personal spirituality is growing rapidly. Many of today’s religiously inclined individuals:

  1. value their personal spiritual freedom and autonomy more than ever. They want to be free to integrate the best of today’s rational sciencephilosophy and art with their spiritual values. They want to integrate the most useful and life-affirming as well as the most inclusive and universal qualities from ALL worldviews, (pre-modern, traditionalist, modernistpostmodernist and integral) no matter what religious "ism," or culture they come from. They don’t want to be blindly forced into accepting incomplete, inaccurate or mythic or authoritarian-based religious worldviews (traditionalist dogma/doctrine) and no-longer-applicable solutions from religions created for realities, problems and worldviews more appropriate to premodern, mythic civilization. They want spiritual and religious value-based solutions relevant to the global civilization and problems we face in today’s modern, postmodern and newly emerging integral world.
     
  2. want to prune, customize or re-energize their religion by picking, integrating and choosing ideas and practices from the most life-affirming wisdom of the world's religions and spiritual traditions--often without any particular attachment to doctrine. For some, this process merely adds on to their original religion. For others, while this process includes their original religion, it also transcends it and becomes a revitalizing new synthesis of both their original religion and other spiritual sources.
     
  3. sense that the direct spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality is religion’s single most powerful resource and tool for personal transformation. Consequently, it is spiritually efficient, logical and manifest enlightened self-interest to seek out and integrate the most useful and effective spiritual wisdom concerning the expansion of one’s direct spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality no matter what religion or other source that spiritual wisdom may have come from.
     
  4. sense that the direct spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality as the original core essence of religion is always freely and directly available to anyone anywhere at any time.
     
  5. sense that the main goal of all religions is basically the same (expanding direct spiritual experiences of Ultimate Reality) and that only the paths to getting there are different.
     
  6. sense that one religion or one religious perspective alone might not have all the answers or that all current religions might be partial or complementary views of the Infinite Wholeness and unfathomable Infinite Mysteries, which will forever surround the infiniteness of Ultimate Reality. Consequently, they seek to integrate and harmonize all the partial or complementary views to gain a more complete spiritual perspective.
     
  7. want to discover their own personal spirituality and/or their direct relationship with Ultimate Reality for themselves rather than be told by others, such as traditional religious authorities (or a dogma that was created in mythic premodern times), what their personal spirituality should be or look like.
     
  8. sense that the deep personal spiritual transformation that comes from the direct spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality also happens to be the most effective source for social and global healing and transformation.
     
  9. take their personal responsibility to develop their unique omni-denominational personal spirituality into its completeness as senior even to the responsibility of their current religion for their personal spiritual progress. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to create or earn their spiritual growth while still paradoxically waiting on the grace of Ultimate Reality. At its essence, spiritual growth always has been best achieved in the do-it-yourself religion mode of personal co-responsibility along with the grace and presence of Ultimate Reality.
     
  10. believe that the alignment of spiritual intentions (which comes far more easily from an integral and omni-denominational personal spirituality than from creating agreement with the belief, rituals or doctrines of traditional religions), will better equip them to co-act with other spiritual individuals to help solve critical global and local social justice, political, ecological and economic challenges.
     
  11. believe they can and should learn to develop and listen to their authentic inner spiritual voice. This is because when properly discerned, their authentic inner voice of either conscience, spirit, soul or highest essence/self better reflects the purposes and nature of the Ultimate Reality. This makes their authentic inner voice of either conscience, spirit, soul or highest essence/self a higher spiritual authority for their personal spiritual life than traditional religious authorities. (For more information on how to properly discern your authentic spiritual inner voice, conscience, spirit, soul or highest essence/self, click here
     
  12. know that they are pilgrims rooted firmly on the most solid and balanced ground in all of philosophy, science, art, religion and spirituality--the focused life pilgrimage of continually expanding their direct personal spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality in all areas, stages and levels of life. They feel as this type of spiritual pilgrim they have joined all others throughout history who have chosen this integral and central universal spiritual path and its never-ending spiritual journey. While traveling this path they joyously keep inviting in and supporting more company and they keep working for a better world so that they can travel the greatest adventure in the universe with many more spiritual playmates, on better playgrounds.
  13. are also aware of and participate in the global 2nd Enlightenment movement--a larger movement that integrates and supports the values of the 2nd Enlightenment.
  14. believe that there is no spiritual conflict whatsoever in always maintaining a keen mental rationality for the discernment of truth, balanced with the feelings of heart, soul and spirit. They believe that the Ultimate Reality endowed human life with the capacities for feelings and rationality so that both would be used in a correcting balance. Any religious doctrine or dogma that asks its members to ignore the rationality of current science, philosophy or art--and to blindly and obediently accept its myths and world views as unchallengeable truth--knowingly or unknowingly makes its members unthinking, dependent children.

For more information about the Cultural Creatives fueling the personal spirituality aspect of Religion 2.0, click here.

The surging open-source personal spirituality movement has in effect switched the location of religious authority from concentric rings of hierarchy in religious authority common in traditional religious structures to omni-centric spiritual authority centered in the individual more specifically, in the person’s own authentic spiritual inner voice, conscience, spirit, soul or highest essence/self. This great change and shift from traditional hierarchy in concentrically smaller rings of religious authority to omni-centric personal religious authority has evolved naturally in part due to the new communication technologies more closely linking religious community members together as well as the great wealth and variety of spiritual safeguards information that simply was not available to our premodern-era predecessors.

Today, the combined omni-denominational group spiritual wisdom of a mature spiritual community regarding spiritual safeguards can rapidly help and counterbalance a member who has misread their inner voice, conscience, spirit, soul or highest essence/self. Additionally, the already-existing spiritual validity tests for how to discern your authentic inner spiritual voice from the total spiritual heritage of mankind is readily available to assist the individual to decide both how to evolve and grow in the optimal spiritual way and what is most spiritually true for them. (To help the adult individuals in our spiritual community make 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 Ultimate Reality Presence already within themselves and then how to know they are hearing its most authentic spiritual guidance, as well as how to know they are manifesting the fruits of authentic spiritual growth. 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 issues of spirituality or living a spiritually principled life in the secular world).

Religion 2.0's open source personal spirituality holds that the direct connection and experiential relationship that all individuals currently have (or potentially could have) with Ultimate Reality (their omni-denominational personal spirituality and its development) is the most sacred, important relationship of all. We further believe that because each of us is a unique personality, each of us will have a unique spiritual relationship with Ultimate Reality, a unique path of spiritual growth, and that there will be as many different spiritual paths to the Infinite as there are individuals.

We believe that the authentic spiritual inner voice, conscience, spirit, soul or highest essence/self within you is the highest spiritual authority and teacher, that the sovereignty of your spiritual free will is the spiritual prime directive of the universe and that in matters of spirituality, "one size does not fit all." To help honor and support this uniqueness and your personal spiritual journey and adventure and your open-source personal spiritual authority, we have created the tools and ideas found on this website to support Religion 2.0...

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