What are we to call ourselves?

A growing number of people in the United States are starting to declare themselves as “Spiritual but not Religious.” I don’t know what that means for them (I haven’t mastered that mind-meld thingy), however what it means if I use that term is that Spirituality is a big part of my life, but my Relationship with the Divine doesn’t fit into a neat little box. I love Jesus, am growing very fond of Mary, become more Paganish every year, I try to be the compassionate Buddha, and the Sacred Poetry of Muslim Masters Rumi and Hafiz sends me to the moon. Oh yeah, and I totally agree with a guy named Ernest Holmes who started the Organization that ordained me to teach as much Good Stuff as I can.

So what does that make me? Maybe Spiritual and Multi-religious. Or another term I heard recently, Inter-spiritual. All Faith Traditions can add to my Spiritual Growth and development. This particular path can seem a bit messy and it’s not for the folks who feel most comfortable with hard and fast rules so they know when they’re winning…or losing. But for someone whose God has grown larger than the boundaries of one religion, being Inter-spiritual can be a wonderful thing, and a great name to call ourselves.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama