All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
Welcome to Return to the Mystic, both an online and local (to southeastern Michigan) center for interspiritual study and practice in which we delve into the mystical stream of the world’s religious traditions, striving for personal development and spiritual progress on the path. At Return to the Mystic we utilize the wisdom and inspiration of all the world’s religious traditions while focusing on four in particular: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Sufism as we walk our spiritual paths.
It was the late Brother Wayne Teasedale who coined the term “interspiritual,” by which he meant to live a spiritual life in which one intentionally seeks to integrate the wisdom, spiritual practices, and virtues of other religious traditions into one’s own spiritual journey. (If you have a few minutes, please take the time to read the essay where he introduces the term.) In addition, says Wayne, the interspiritual life is sustained by a “universal stream of mystical consciousness.” Thus the inspiration for the theme of this site: return to the mystic.
Returning to the mystic means studying the spiritual texts and employing the spiritual practices of the world's religious traditions and history's most noted spiritual figures, in order to inform one’s spiritual life. Contrary to modern notions of spirituality, where we hear much talk about "the next stage in human evolution" or the arising "new consciousness," the return to the mystic suggests that the essential spiritual truths that ground us as human beings were discovered long ago - and remain unchanged. There is no need to recreate the spiritual wheel. Rather, there is a need to return to the original teachings of the world’s great mystics.
By returning to the mystic we come to understand that the Hindu yogis' realization of our essential nature, the Buddha's insight into the nature of the mind, Jesus' teaching of the sacred dimension of all creation - here and now, and the Sufi emphasis on the heart as the primary means of spiritual experience (none of which is to mention the insights and teachings of spiritual figures from other traditions, e.g., Judaism and Taoism) can be the foundation for walking an authentic interspiritual path. These insights and teachings have not been surpassed and more than anything else, the world desperately needs to rediscover them. Indeed, we all need to return to the mystic.
Toward that end we invite you to join our community. Here you will find significant teaching content, from online to to member forums to spiritual direction and more, all in the context of an intentional, beloved community committed to support one another on the spiritual path. Further, members of Return to the Mystic receive discounts of at least 20% (sometimes more) on our offerings (both online and locally). You may peruse our offerings on our Upcoming Events page or by downloading our autumn 2013 Calendar of Events. (Please note - as interest warrants, other offerings are likely to be added to this calendar. To be kept apprised of these additional offerings, please sign up for our distribution list by filling out the contact form on the Contact Dr. Riegel page.
Dr. Alexander Riegel