SPIRITUAL PATHS MANDALA
Creating your Personal Path
Following is an overview chart of the twelve families of spiritual styles, questions, and traditions.
|Families of Paths||Families of Questions||Families of Traditions|
|10||Reason||Spirit Beings||Middle Eastern|
|12||Wisdom||Ultimate Potential||Science & Philosophy|
Note: These are listed in alphabetical order. But in our Mandala discernment process, each person lines up their personal styles and questions according to the tradition(s) in which they seek answers.
For brevity, each of these twelve paths are listed by a single word. But they should be read as “The Path of the Arts,” The Path of the Body,” and so on. Further, each of these twelve connotes a broader family of spiritual paths. For example, the Path of Devotion connotes a family of related paths like faith, belief, and ritual. The purpose of this list of twelve is not to be comprehensive but to be inclusive. They are meant to prompt you to ask yourself such questions as: “how to I learn,” “what is my spiritual path,” “what is my spiritual style.” The names of paths on this list don’t have to be the same as name you might choose for your own primary paths. During the course of our lives, our primary and contributing paths will change. Each is like a tributary flowing into the river of our life, or branches of a trail that all join into a single life-path.
The single words for each of the twelve spiritual questions connote a family of related questions. These are the grand questions we begin asking as children. They are also the perennial, universal questions asked by scientists, philosophers, and theologians. For example, the question of consciousness connotes questions related to mind, perception, and knowledge. Is consciousness physical and what is its ultimate potential? The questions listed here to are meant to inspire you to ask your own questions and embrace the mysteries that await your answers – answers that will define your own spiritual path.
This process for discerning your own style and path, honoring your own questions, and finding your own answers can be utilized within single spiritual tradition or among variety of traditions. Five of the major traditions are listed by name, six are indicated by geographical place of origin, and the seventh includes the secular traditions of science and philosophy. Whether your path is formed within a single or multiple traditions, this Mandala is designed to help you engage in a life-long adventure of exploration and discovery.
The Spiritual Paths Mandala, (2-7-12) © Edward W. Bastian, Ph.D.