Collaboration and Belonging in a Divisive World
The book Spiritual misfits will offer you tools and skills to establish trauma-informed methods to develop long lasting and sustainable spiritual communities. It will engage you in deep and meaningful dialogue about the future intersection of faith, psychology and science and bring home the essential preliminary practices that are needed in todays diverse and complex world to build connections, enhance safety, and embody the heart of your contemplative life.
About the book
n this book, Dr. Shahar Rabi suggests that planetary destruction, divisiveness, and collective pain can be slowed down by offering a more inclusive story of who are. What is called for is an upgrade to our cultural operating system. 'Spiritual Misfits' is part guide book and part call to action. For those who long to “come home” to traditions that cannot hold the breadth of their experience and values, it provides a map to co-create the future of spirituality. It also serves as a guide for those who long to reconnect with fellow humans found on the other side of ever-deepening political chasms.
The book points to the next stage in spiritual community engagement by offering a fresh take on the future of spiritual and religious collaboration. It does not offer a grand theory, but rather a model for grassroots solutions that can inspire hope and collaboration in your immediate circle of family, friends, and community.
The book does not offer one more promotion for pluralism and multiculturalism in spiritual contexts. These are important, but they are limited in their capacity to hold both diversity and depth. At the core of their philosophy lies a problematic assumption that prevents the expansion of our understanding of God and religion. The book offers a guide for spiritual projects that express the unique impulse of our time.
The book tries to answers to the following three questions: (1) Should you choose to dedicate your life to mastering one tradition or should you retain the freedom to pick and choose from countless perspectives in the spiritual marketplace? (2) Should you pledge your allegiance to one spiritual group and thereby resolve your need to belong, or should you stay on an individual path of spirituality? (3) Is the world a display of countless points of view that are equal in value and importance, or do some spiritual views have more objective validity than others?
If you sense the tectonic shifts underway in the geopolitical atmosphere around the world, if you discern how social media and the internet at large are contributing to epidemics of loneliness and isolation, and if you do not know what to do, then you are ready to start the difficult work of dialoguing with the unknown.