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"Universe Spirituality as a new emergence of (r)evolutionary integral spirituality and religion includes the most life affirming and universal wisdom from previous religions and then transcends religion as religion has been previously known…"
Universe Spirit is personal, evolutionary and an open source spiritual wisdom sharing organization and completely new iteration and emergence of all of the functions of religion that has never been seen before. It is primarily designed to help support individuals who want to enhance their personal spirituality, which is the prime purpose of all authentic religions.
It focuses upon assembling the most effective, safe and universally applicable resources from humankind’s vast spiritual heritage to help individuals expand their direct spiritual experience(s) of the Ultimate Reality. These transformative direct spiritual experiences lift one towards spiritual connection, completeness and a balanced living of the virtues.
Universe Spirit was formed because it was believed that a new type of integral spirituality created in the post-postmodern age with post-postmodern technologies and information could do many of the following spiritual activities and services in new and better ways and, that this reasonably could far better benefit both the individual and the world. It was also believed that older forms of religion created with pre-modern, traditional and even modern thinking, worldviews or technologies were inherently flawed for use at this critical post-postmodern time in history and, they inadvertently help to cause many global problems such as religious intolerance, which we believe that these religious and other global problems could be more easily solved if a whole new type of post-postmodern integrative spirituality would come into being.
Our Universe Spirituality includes the most universal and life affirming aspects of previous religions. For example our focus is the core experience of all religion --- to help individuals expand their direct spiritual experience(s) of the Ultimate Reality. In addition to that our spirituality preserves the most universal and life affirming social aspects of religion in new forms.
We also transcend much of what mankind has known as religion that really needed to be transcended. We have no ecclesial authority that has authority over individual spiritual free will and spiritual conscience. We have no claimed founders to be revered and made sacred. We have no exclusive spiritual revelation to separate us from other spiritual individuals or religious organizations.
We do although have unique spiritual goals and principles. They include many things you will recognize from past religions, but they also contain many new things that transcend previous religious expressions. If you also review our Open Source Universe Spirituality and our Great News areas you will see the same thing. We include the best then we transcend the previous religious expressions with what we believe in a few decades will be accepted as quite normal for the emerging religions of the future.
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The highest levels of spiritual mysticism and religion often require the ability to embrace both sides of spiritual and religious paradoxes. When one tries to describe the infinite and absolute Ultimate Reality with relative terms and relative fields many paradoxes result. Mankind in its religious expressions throughout history has used all kinds of myths and metaphors (often called religious doctrine) to describe in relative terms, that which is not relative but absolute and infinite.
Although Universe Spirituality has many of the characteristics of traditional religion, many of these paradoxes also appear in very new, almost unrecognizable forms because Universe Spirit is literally a new evolutionary iteration of religion that has simply never existed before:
- It is still a distinct spirituality and religion with its own principles and culture, yet anyone from any other religion may be a member without having to give up their former religious affiliation.
- Because we were born as a global spiritual movement of the post-postmodern era, we are one of the first spiritual organizations to be delivering almost all of our services primarily on and from the Internet. Our physical spiritual centers and locations play a significantly lesser role.
- We are an open sourced spirituality where we are open to spiritual wisdom from any source even if the wisdom is found where one would expect to find such wisdom.
- It was born in post-postmodern times. In many ways it looks quite different than traditional, hierarchal, and closed source religions because most major religions where born in pre-modern or traditional eras where our knowledge about ourselves, optimal organizational structures and our universe was very limited or often just wrong.
- It has an ecclesiastical structure, yet not one like any other religion that has ever existed. Our organization also does not have a Pope or final ecclesiastical authority because our belief is that final spiritual truth and authority is determined and held by the individual with the assistance of Ultimate Reality within them. We do not recognize anyone in our community who have been specially or uniquely appointed by Ultimate Reality or that have an exclusive claim to the authority of divine leadership or special spiritual revelation that must or should now become a new or senior truth for all of our other community members to abide by. Our organization believes that the combined group spiritual wisdom of our membership and the already existing spiritual validity tests of the existing spiritual heritage of mankind is fully sufficient for our organization to evolve and grow in the optimal spiritual way. We also believe that No one individual perspective or group created ecclesial statement of spiritual principle or conscience will completely define or limit the possible future spiritual development of the organization. We further believe that the ultimate mysteries of Ultimate Reality may never be fully knowable. Humility toward this unknowable element of Ultimate Reality will always exist in any authentic spirituality and it is healthy for this to be recognized openly in our communities.
- It has ordained ministers, but those ministers are better thought of as Life and Spirit facilitators, which is our actual name for our ministers, rabbis or imams. While they perform all the functions of traditional ministers they do it in new ways that look very different from ministerial systems created in pre-modern or traditional eras. Our board members or officers of any center are the public day to day business administrators for that center. They may or may not also be Life and Spirit facilitators.
- We choose to keep our founders anonymous because our spirituality has chosen not to emphasize these personalities. We have chosen to focus on teaching universal spiritual wisdom and supporting each member’s unique spiritual journey to completeness. Because of this choice, in the future there will be no personalities to deify or divert member attention away from their personal spiritual journey or their direct experience of Ultimate Reality or, to have religious wars and conflicts over. Only the first founders of our International founding community will, because of the above and by their own request, remain anonymous. All of the board members and officers of the founding international community are public persons visible to our members in our organization’s day to day operations. All of our ordained or recognized Life and Spirit facilitators are public persons visible and accessible to our members in our organization. All of the board members, officers and Life and Spirit facilitators of future communities will be visible public persons in their communities.
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Because Universe Spirituality includes, synthesizes and integrates all of the essential and life affirming spiritual wisdom of mankind’s spiritual heritage, the spiritual roots of Universe Spirituality go back to and begin with mankind’s first spiritual urges and spiritual ideas. Having said that there are some dominant ancient western and eastern spiritual traditions carried forward in our organization that help to explain our spiritual roots:
- First and foremost we promote the direct transformative, spiritual experience of the Ultimate Reality for optimal and balanced spiritual growth and transformation. The mystics and saints in both eastern and western religions have repeatedly confirmed this as the most important essence and purpose for all religions.
- In the mostly western spiritualities of a personal Absolute God we carry for the traditions of Creation Spirituality --- the spirituality of creativity joy, original blessings instead of original sin and celebration. Creation Spirituality has its roots going back to 900 BC and a continuous spiritual tradition up to this day. Its principles are well summarized and documented in the book, Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions -- by Matthew Fox.
- In the mostly eastern spiritualities of an Impersonal Absolute most often in the forms of Brahma or Buddha our tradition traces its roots beginning long before 900 BC of Creation Spirituality. Its principles are well summarized and documented in the books, Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo and God Speaks by Meher Baba.
- We also paradoxically carry forward the newer tradition of science influenced spiritualities in the form of Evolutionary Spirituality and Process Theology that began in part during the age of Enlightenment and more specifically with Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Process Theology principles are well summarized and documented in the book, Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts by David Ray Griffin
Integrating all of the above spiritual traditions into Universe Spirituality and our Universe Spirit organization has been greatly aided by the post-postmodern lenses and principles of the Integral and Spiral consciousness movements.
The future of Universe Spirituality will be written and co-created by our members, interaction with the other world religions and from humanity’s ever increasing knowledge about itself from every life discipline. - Back to the Top -