The Trans-denominational Spirituality/Religion Definition Introduction
A trans-denominational spirituality or religion includes the most life-affirming aspects of all religions while it yet also transcends religion as we currently know and define it. A trans-denominational spirituality or religion by nature must be open source and therefore it is also personalizable or a personal spirituality. This amazing and natural new spiritual emergence in evolution is important.
The transdenominational spirituality as found on this website maybe also the first trans-denominational spirituality. In fact, one of Universe Spirit's original purposes was to become a trans-denominational spirituality and balance and integrate universe science and progressive evolution with the life-affirming wisdom from all of humanity's spiritual denominations --- without their pathologies. As such, as a spirituality that includes the best of all denominations yet transcends and is beyond all denominations would be a true trans-denominational spirituality.
The Definition Of a Trans-Denomational Spirituality and Religion
At Universe Spirit and within evolution spirituality when we add the prefix trans to the word denominationalspirituality and use meta-spirituality to describe ourselves we also specifically mean:
b.) a naturally evolving and emerging new form of trans-denominational spirituality, spiritual process and spiritual organization that transcends and includes the best of earlier forms of spirituality, religion, spiritual process and spiritual organization without their worst and, also includes and integrates related Universe Evolutionary Worldview and general scientific knowledge. (This new transcending and including process creates its own new additive category/type of new non-conflicting and non-competitive meta-spirituality beyond anything which we have previously known or considered spirituality, religion, spiritual process, spiritual organizations or the various prior spiritual movements to be. Our new evolutionary emergence (Universe Spirituality,) is a form of meta-spirituality that is also omni-denominational while also simultaneously being trans-denominational.)
c.) a new process that strives to expand toward a theoretical completion that which it has been drawn from earlier forms of spirituality, spiritual process and spiritual organization. New spiritual currents such as open source spirituality, personal spirituality, evolutionary spirituality, integral spirituality, women's spirituality, process theology and creation spirituality are all making significant contributions to the emergence of the new universe and science grounded form of meta-spirituality as a global phenomena and naturally creating what could be called a new global spiritual commons that includes and transends all current religions and spiritual organizations.
d.) a meta-spirituality that also transcends and includes the design, purposes and intent of the current Integral Spirituality and Interfaith movements. And,
e.) a striving to expand and evolve the meta-theories of spirituality, spiritual process and spiritual organization, (which is the theoretical consideration of spirituality’s meta-properties such as the foundations, methods, spiritual processes, meta-principles, form and utility.)
evolution spirituality as found on this website is also a trans-denominational meta-spirituality, which has evolved out of and is currently beyond both traditional and previous forms of spirituality, spiritual process and spiritual organization and that which has been integrated and grounded with current science. And, this new form of meta-spirituality as is found on this website does not itself conflict with or compete with other forms of religion or spirituality.
The Paradoxes of a Trans-denominational Meta-Spirituality
1.) The more people that practice meta-spirituality as described on this page the more that a new global spiritual commons emerges which both transcends and includes the best of our vast heritage of spiritual wisdom and religious traditions. This is in significant part because of how the principles of open source spirituality help optimize collaboration and the cross-fertilization of ideas between spiritual individuals and organizations --- in new paradoxical ways never envisioned or available to the Interfaith movement.
2.) evolution spirituality as a new model of meta-spirituality does create paradoxes! Click here to review all these intriguing additional paradoxes.
The Universe Spirit Trans-Denominational Meta-Spirituality Perspective on Traditional Religions and Other Religious Denominations
The evolution spirituality trans-denominational meta-spirituality as found on this website holds that there are not just a few thousand religions in the world, but rather that there are as many unique religions as there are people who have decided to seek greater understanding of the Ultimate Reality, awe and wonder which unites us all. We believe that increasingly, when someone is asked what religion they are, more people will say that they have their own personal spirituality rather than saying that they are members of one of the mainstream religions common today.
That being said concerning what is the fastest growing trend in religion today, we hold that there are both useful beauties to be embraced and pathologies to be avoided in all religions, spiritualities and denominations. Although evolution spirituality can and does perform all of the core purposes, functions and goals of a traditional religion, we call what we do a meta-spirituality and not a new religion per se in part, because we wish to free ourselves from limiting associations with enforced dogma, authoritarianism and religious abuses which more than 30% of the western world wants nothing more to do with and also because, what we are co-creating with an emerging progressive evolution within the Universe Evolutionary Worldview is something vastly different than anything that has ever been seen before in the history of religion...
It is not our intent of our new meta-spirituality to create or support that there should be only one world religion, nor do we believe that such a thing is advisable. Our new meta-spirituality is both omni-denominational and trans-denomination. It is non-competitive and non-conflicting with membership in any other religion or spirituality. It is something much different than that designed to serve all spiritual individuals and all religions. It is not an effort to create a one world religion!
We further hold in evolution spirituality that Ultimate Reality appears to value and delight in the variety of spiritual/religious diversity. Spiritual diversity also serves as a vital communication and teaching tool for the many different personality types, individual psycho-social developmental levels and multitude of cultures.
We affirm the critical necessity for many unique spiritual approaches and without this essential diversity, spirituality would be like the sound of an orchestra playing a symphony with only one instrument. It would lack depth, harmony and balance.
We honor the many spiritualities in the world like individual stories and chapters in a book by one great author. To the reader each separate story in the book still retains its own indispensable value and uniqueness and can be appreciated individually, or it can be valued as a compilation of stories that reflect an author's history and their ongoing relationship to their body of work.
We hold that it is vital that our spiritual organization continue to evolve from and with the ongoing evolution of humankind's collective spiritual wisdom as well as the transformative, direct spiritual experiences of our members grounded by the facts of science. We hope that when appropriate, other spiritual organizations and individuals will do the same.
evolution spirituality as a trans-denominational meta-spirituality recognizes there is a mysterious, universal and transcendent core found within all of the world's authentic spiritual traditions. It is the Ultimate Reality that is the source of all reality and its universal qualities. Our meta-spirituality fully recognizes that all healthy and life-affirming iterations of the world's spiritual traditions contain within them diverse, effective and often complementary processes for achieving spiritual growth through the direct spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality. The differences in the plurality of processes is an essential and necessary result of our cultural, developmental, learning style and individual personality differences.
We hold that Ultimate Reality can be encountered, conceptualized, and responded to in numerous and diverse ways. These different perceptions of Ultimate Reality represent both different aspects of Ultimate Reality itself and/or perceptions conditioned by cultural, learning style and individual personality differences.
The most common forms of direct spiritual experience have been described as a numinous experience of the holy or a mystical experience of unity. These forms of direct spiritual experience have been found to be substantially the same in different cultures and religions. This lends credence to the perspective that many universal direct spiritual experiences underlie and interconnect all the major world religions and are also the expanding foundation of this meta-spirituality found within evolution spirituality.
evolution spirituality as an open source meta-spirituality also holds that by assembling and sharing both the universal and diverse aspects of these processes of direct spiritual experience from both individual experience and the world's spiritual traditions that are grounded by today's sciences, the tools for supporting these experiences can be made more easily available and understood. Therefore, the process of an individual's own direct spiritual experience can be significantly enhanced.
We promote direct spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality in part to develop the spiritual awareness that it also creates the realization of the immanence of Ultimate Reality in all beings and things of the universe. From this awareness and realization all beings, life and nature becomes a sacred reflection and expression of Ultimate Reality. From this awareness and realization, one's relation to everything in the universe is transformed.
Finally, we hold that because of the infinite nature of Ultimate Reality, the theological systems of the world's spiritual traditions will always provide a unique, but partial view of this infinite reality. Therefore it is important to experience as many of these unique but partial views of Ultimate Reality to obtain the most complete, universal and complimentary experiences of Ultimate Reality from the world's great spiritualities and religions. Our universe meta-spirituality is a support tool to help you and the religions of the world obtain, share and expand the most complete, universal and complimentary experiences of Ultimate Reality possible.
Universe Spirit contains an open, personal and evolutionary form of trans-denominational meta-spirituality may eventually prove to be more ideally suited to the current life conditions for expanding both our personal and collective spiritual growth. It also holds great promise for bringing humanity’s vast resources and the power of its religions together to help co-resolve life's most life-threatening social, political and environmental challenges.
In this 21st century Internet empowered world the emergence of a new form of encompassing but not overthrowing trans-denominational meta-spirituality may also proactively be just the needed super-tool to unite our efforts to co-create a just, equitable and sustainable prosperity for all --- a veritable "heaven on earth right now." (Creating heaven on earth now does not negate still also being open to creating for the potential "heaven" of the afterlife.) As you learn more about this new form of trans-denominational meta-spirituality, it will be for you to judge if it does in fact have both the potential and the ability to deliver upon its exciting promise and possibilities --- possibilities like being able to support the creation of a global spiritual commons.