Welcome to the Community of The Mystic Heart
A circle of interspiritual mystics and contemplativesoriginally envisioned as “The Universal Order of Sannyasa”by Brother Wayne Teasdale
Dedicated to spiritual life practice, selfless service and advancement of the interspiritual message
Brother Wayne envisioned this association as “The Universal Order of Sannyasa” in The Mystic Heart (p. 248). It was launched in 2010 by ISDnA in association with the Order of Universal Interfaith and the World Council of Interfaith Congregations and subsequently became the Community of The Mystic Heart
Community of The Mystic Heart
Vision: The Community of The Mystic Heart is dedicated to the realization of a new civilization grounded in and acting from the contemplative, compassionate and loving heart. “Such a universal society will draw its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuitions, and experiences.”(Teasdale, The Mystic Heart, p.5)
Mission: We seek to help each other grow and deepen in the spiritual life and to be a prophetic voice for the emergence of a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. We nurture the continuing refinement and advancement of the Interspiritual message brought forth by Brother Wayne Teasdale and his teachers and we encourage each other in living out our vows to actualize the Mystic Heart, in service to the One, in which is included all of creation. “The Mystic Heart, in its maturity, reflects the essential elements, gifts, and genius of all the traditions of spiritual wisdom: an actual moral capacity, solidarity with all living beings, deep nonviolence, humility, spiritual practice, mature self-knowledge, simplicity of life, selfless service and compassionate action, and the prophetic voice.” (Teasdale, The Mystic Heart, p. 244).
The Community of The Mystic Heart offers a welcoming space for mystics and contemplatives of all faith traditions, or none – free of divisive doctrinal differences – to practice, to dialogue, to deepen, to expand, and to seek the commonality, while respecting the diversity, of the world’s great mystical teachings. We practice Interspirituality, defined by Brother Wayne as the sharing of ultimate experiences, spiritual insights, spiritual practices and resources across traditions, and we collaborate with other organizations in projects and initiatives that are congruent with our mission.
We observe already, because of interest “far and wide” in our venture, an evolution toward inviting various communities, networks, and interfaith institutions (both where community members now are located, or propose to be located) to join us in this experiment by establishing local and regional chapters consistent with the existing “cultures” of those communities, networks, interfaith institutions etc.
Then, we vision, the community as a whole can take the responsibility, as we grow together, to evolve an appropriate “meta-Culture”. We see this direction because (1) people need to be free to join this experiment in a way meaningful and comfortable for them and (2) then, together, we can ‘co-discover’ how we create the unity in this diversity.
We acknowledge that typically a group, like an individual, has a conscious experience and an unconscious component. Our intention at CMH is to be conscious about ourselves and to provide space throughout to allow our consciousness to be ever deepened. Accordingly, we share these preliminary statements at this time:
- A self-aware organization so that the culture is ever being reviewed, explored, and uncovered.
- More than tolerant, we acknowledge and explore areas of conflict and friction as areas rich in learning and growth.
- We allow space in all group interactions to expand our understanding of our group unconcscious and hence our culture.
- We include ourselves as part of the whole and treat each member with respect.
- Our culture is one of inclusivity in all aspects of our self-expression.
- Throughout we aim to keep it simple and keep it light!.
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