I left the lutheran church in my early twenties, not having visited any religious service from right after my confirmation. I didn’t feel that religion could offer me something – or that people in charge in church were absolutely not attractive for my youthful spirit.
When I came across Ken Wilber’s book and later met people who were forming an integral community in Germany, it seemed to me that Buddhism was the only viable way of being “spiritual”. But why Buddhism for us who were all embedded in the occidental culture? It seemed like a strange fashion to me, wanting to flee one’s own history by adopting a religious system which is completely exotic to what was present in our culture.
Buddhism certainly has valuable practices which can help us Westeners to learn more about ourselves and to lead us into different stages of consciousness which were not present and included as “normal” in our culture. But adopting a different culture for satisfying our need for a spiritual life? It didn’t make sense to me at all.
Later I became a choir master in a protestant church, in a certain sense I came back, but merely physically. I still couldn’t adhere and agree with the church as it presented itself to me. so I just went there for the music and couldn’t find any access to the religion which was dominating the history of our continent.
I knew about Paul Smith’s book “Integral Christianity” – but I didn’t read it. I watched some talks by father Thomas Keating, found it interesting, but nothing more. It took me the “Biblical Lectures” on Youtube by Jordan Peterson to get reconciled con Christianity as the leading force of our culture, embrace its contribution and wisdom where I saw only negativity before, and I really got curious about it and want to learn more. A real breakthrough which feels to me to have closed the gap for me of religion and culture.
Now I am really curious how I will be able to explore this new understanding of the value of our Christian roots. Our guest in this conversation, Luke Healy, is co-creating spaces for those like myself, to explore and experience Christianity from a different perspective, from the integral level of understanding and doing. I am looking forward to this journey!
We are Christians who advocate growing up to an integral worldview and waking up to the three faces of God.
Evolving Christians often find themselves lonely. Old friends don’t understand your new experiences and increasingly broader interpretation of the spiritual path. Family and church members start praying you will come to your senses and return to Christianity.
In response to this isolation and in our hope to help provide new pathways forward, we are gathering people together in a new network. We seek to connect integral Christians and provide a staging ground for the further evolution of Christianity.
Christianity began in a blaze of mystical experiences which resulted in the first followers of Jesus gathering together often to further experience the presence of God in and through the living presence of Jesus. We have found that reflecting, relating, and resting in the conscious awareness of the energy fields of others on the same journey in WeSpace practice is vastly transforming.
Come experience it for yourself!