We live in a time when Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, etc., all are experiencing falling attendance. If traditional houses of worship, or ‘centers’ such as mine (‘Interfaith Awakening’ in Woodstock), are going to survive, they had better start doing some things very, very differently. I believe that:
(1) stressing interfaith values, shared values, inclusivity and common respect, rather than exclusivity and contempt for others, and;
(2) giving up all the surface silliness that modern, educated, sophisticated people perceive in ‘religion’, and focusing instead on ways to achieve genuine spiritual awakening and the deep experiences of mysticism;
are the only hope for making religion vibrant and useful into the future.
As Carl Jung noted, “With a truly tragic delusion, these theologians fail to see that it is not a matter of proving the existence of the light, but of blind people who do not know that their eyes could see. It is high time we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to teach people the art of seeing.”