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Toward the One
This is an article by Sam Waterston. I have met him, and he is, indeed, a very spiritual person.

Complete article here:

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith...

Some interesting parts:

At the center of faith is a mystery beyond understanding, which is to say, beyond expression. Mystics worldwide and all across time recommend silence as the best route to that mystery. ďBe still and know that I am God.Ē I believe that: meditation, even by an amateur like me, is immeasurably helpful there, as well as yielding all kinds of side-benefits, like better blood pressure and clearer thinking. However, communicating in words about what is revealed in silence is the province of poets and prophets.

But I can point. So, with apologies for their lack of grand sweep:

1. Faith is in our nature, like an appetite, or an instinct. You may be able to live without religion, but faith, you canít choose to do without. Faith in the day gets us up in the morning. It's that basic.

2. Religious faith helps me, and I especially recommend meditation and prayer, which sometimes seem, at least in the West, to be poor cousins to preaching and ritual... or maybe itís just that they make less noise.

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On Sufism and Sprituality
Here are some websites you may wish to explore:

http://www.churchofall.us

http://www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org

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