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One Heart: 3 Unifying Truths of Christianity, Judaism & Islam 
Susan Audrey
By Susan Audrey
Shift Team Writer

Curious what these unifying truths are?

Renowned author and mystic-scholar Mirabai Starr shares the following three unifying truths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam...

Each can open us to a deeper experience of that which is at the core of the spiritual quest –– that luminous and highest form of love (God’s love for man and man’s love for God):

Mirabai shares 3 unifying truths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam:


1.  God is one...

This ultimate reality is a unified truth that has no particular form because it transcends all forms. The belief is that there is not only one God, but, ultimately, there is only one reality... and that reality is God.. and that reality is love.


2.  Love is expressed for the Holy One through the way one treats others, the earth and themselves…

Every act of loving kindness, social justice and peacemaking is an expression of devotion. We find the face of God in the faces of every human being, animal and plant and in the water and the air. They all reflect the face of the One.


3.  An inner life is cultivated by prayer…

In order to connect with the unified reality (meaning all is God and love), we must sculpt an inner life through prayer, meditation and spiritual practice –– especially the practices that bring us into stillness and silence.

Connecting with the One in this way allows us to listen to “the voice” that will teach us how to serve the One, and, therefore, how to serve others.

If we want to serve God through serving others, we have to sit down and sit quietly, be still and turn inward.


The fruits of any kind of direct spiritual experience, Mirabai shares, whether in our own temple or church or another’s place of worship, is that our individuality dissolves and we experience our interconnectedness –– not only with the Divine, but with all that is.

“When we have a true spiritual experience,” she says, “we have a felt experience of unity and interconnectedness with the whole Web of Life. And from that place of interconnectedness, we can’t help but to wish well upon all beings and to actively engage in alleviating the suffering in the world.”   

Connecting with the One in this way, allows us to listen to “the voice” that will teach us how to serve the One, and, therefore, how to serve others.

If we want to serve God through serving others, we have to sit down and be quiet and still and turn inward.

It’s actually quite natural for us to be drawn to multiple spiritual traditions, according to Mirabai. “Most of us are naturally interspiritual beings, whose hearts respond to the presence of the sacred wherever we encounter it.”

“It’s a matter of saying Yes,” she finds. “To say Yes to the love of the Divine in every form is –– for many of us –– the highest truth and the deepest devotion to the One who transcends all forms.”

Mirabai assures us that when we say Yes to directly experiencing other spiritual traditions, we discover that we can not only have deep spiritual experiences, but that –– in some ways –– these experiences may feel even more profound, as we step into the fresh air of a new practice...

...and our hearts recognize the universal undercurrent of mystical love running beneath.

 
Enjoy the insights shared above? You're invited to join mystic-scholar Mirabai Starr for a free online event, Discovering the Mystical Heart of Judaism, Christianity & Islam