Scientific or political beliefs and various forms of skepticism make it hard for many people to fully partake of the benefits of spiritual community and self-transformational practices. Every religious community and cult, every spiritual or therapeutic practice, offers a unique path for its members or practitioners to develop qualities and values like respect for human dignity, compassion, contentment, peace, love, creativity, harmony, and fulfillment. My dream is that every cynic, curmudgeon and misanthrope in the world—because they are my tribe—will find a place in the ancient currents of human wisdom.
I’m looking to connect with others interested in the possibilities for spiritual community and practice for atheists, agnostics, skeptics and outsiders. For people in the DC area, I’m leading a free workshop next Saturday at the Cleveland Park Public Library: http://tailoredbeliefs.com/first-public-meeting/ and I’m also beginning an experimental (and also free for now) effort to provide a kind of spiritual counseling to skeptics of any stripe who might be looking for an acceptable version of some of the positive things religions and spiritual practices and communities have to offer.