Digging A Deep Well To Our Spiritual Waters with Mirabai Starr

Hosted by: Justine Willis Toms

Delving into many different spiritual paths can be thought of as digging many shallow wells with the hope of reaching water. However, Starr’s experience tells her that she is using many different tools to dig a single deep well  Following the interspiritual path goes beyond simply understanding another’s religion: Rather it means, “Embracing the sacred in multiple traditions with discipline and passion.” She speaks of going through the “dark night of the soul” when we no longer feel a connectedness with our spiritual path. Giving us comfort in the advice of St. John of the Cross she says, “Rest in it and surrender . . . let go of all our old attachments to the way the spiritual path is supposed to be. Let down into that darkness and into that emptiness where we find what he calls an ineffable sweetness that begins to rise into that hollowed out container.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Mirabai Starr is an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico, Taos. She is a certified bereavement counselor, and travels the world speaking and giving workshops on contemplative practice and the teachings of the mystics. Her books include the critically acclaimed translations Dark Night of the Soul: St. John of the Cross (Riverhead 2003) The Interior Castle: St. Teresa of Ávila (Riverhead 2004), and the six-volume Sounds True Christian mystics series Devotion, Prayers & Living Wisdom (Sounds True 2008). She is the author ofGod of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity & Islam (Monkfish 2012). To learn more about the work of Mirabai Starr go to www.mirabaistarr.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How can we embrace multiple traditions while still going deep
  • How is the state of longing our birthright as human beings
  • What helps when we no longer feel our familiar old connectedness with our spiritual path
  • What is a writing practice that will help uncover our true spiritual questions
  • What is the difference between interspiritual and interfaith
  • Why is keeping a “Sabbath” in our life a radical act

Program Number: 3444     Hosted by: Justine Willis Toms     Interview Date: 7/13/12

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