In the inter-spirituality approach of Brother Teasdale
authentic enlightenment/awakening can be had
by deeply following any of the branches of the religious tree
of humanity’s search for the Godhead.
However, New Age/Alternative Spirituality’s rejection of dogma/
Joseph Campbell’s injunction to follow your bliss/
Krishnamurti’s radical openness to any spirituality
can lead naïve seekers into dabbling in the occult
and thus vulnerable to dark forces/false prophets.
A sense of the numinous can lead to deep calm/awe
or wild bacchanalian debauchery/dread.
Psychoanalysis/depth psychology was rejected
by many religious people because it disturbed
their ‘undisturbed conscience’ by showing them
the depths of their cruelty and hatred
that only the Cross of Christ can handle –
simplistic Christians were ironically afraid
of the depths of their own tradition
of deep Christianity.
Thomas Merton revealed western religion had lost
the deep wisdom/unitive tradition Jesus taught –
even in monasticism there are monks and nuns
dualistic in their thoughts/practices.
God created the universe with an end in mind:
a Christified cosmos.
Thus, despite the immensity of the universe
which could induce ‘cosmic terror’ in the naïve
the universe is a unity not an unrelated plurality
it is meaningful and purposeful
because it is grounded in the Cosmic Christ.