Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Transformed spirituality enhances better politics

In yesterday's Huffington Post interview, Rick Heller talks with author Mark Satin about "The New Age 40 Years Later". Satin posits in his book New Age Politics (1976) that "the best political change is inspired by a transformed consciousness." The book is "re-released and updated in a 40th anniversary edition". In their email exchange, Satin shares:
 "... I suspect most Americans now have a personal interpretation of God. It may be informed by the Bible, by what we hear at church, and so on, but it’s also informed by our own life experiences, by revelations we may have had, by our encounters with other faiths and with healers and teachers whose faiths may not be easily classifiable. And that was the essence of New Age spirituality, was it not — to take responsibility for our own pathway to the divine? The religious writer Thomas Moore captures the spirit of what I’m saying in the title of one of his recent books, A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World."
 Satin includes, "Without dominant mediating institutions, our relationship to God is more personal than it’s ever been, and we are more vulnerable and naked before God. Hopefully that will help us make more inspired political choices."