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The mysticism of the future
Humanity has existed for 70,000 years—and organized religion for only 4,500. Spirituality is more fundamental to human nature than doctrinal structures are. What aspects of human spirituality have been submerged by our craving for self-consistent “systems” of belief?
The author sees today’s religious changes as “part of the evolving spiritual story of humankind stretching back 70,000 years. The spirituality that is appealing to seekers today embodies global, inclusive, co-operative, egalitarian, and feminine values. O'Murchu outlines its linkage of the new cosmology with a respect for the natural world through the spirituality of native peoples. He points out its embrace of pre-patriarchal values of relatedness, passion, feeling, imagination, and justice. Two other accents of this new paradigm are its emphasis upon the erotic power of spirituality and its reappropriation of the shadow in all its diverse dimensions. Only time will tell what new permutations this global spirituality will take. O'Murchu has done a fine job mapping out its contemporary lineaments.”
—Spirituality and Practice