Every so often there is some communication failure between an event organiser and a speaker (called in new-speak a ‘disconnect’). In checking how my talk tomorrow in Glastonbury is being advertised I read to my surprise that:
…author of the stunning new book Sacred Places, Philip will be looking at how a return to ancient folklore and a renewed knowledge of sacred plants and their spiritual benefits could help balance the effects of the current world crisis.
I’ve had it up on my site for months as: ‘Beyond Belief’ – a talk at the Glastonbury Symposium at 3.40pm. In this talk Philip addresses the fact that many people now don’t want to be restricted by an allegiance to one religion, and yet are still searching for a meaningful and spiritual life. If we are inspired by the words of the Buddha and the Sufi mystics, and yet are also drawn to the beauty of Celtic spirituality, for example, are we just New Age dilettantes who are not disciplined enough to follow one path, or are we responding to a new call: towards a deeper Way that transcends the artificial divisions of creed and dogma and that frees the spirit – beyond belief?
Oh well, as Heraclitus said: ‘A wonderful harmony is created when we join together the seemingly unconnected.’ He also said, I have just discovered: ‘The world is nothing but a great desire to live and a great dissatisfaction with living’. He was apparently known as Heraclitus the Obscure. Well that seems pretty clear and recognisable to me!