The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions

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Author Wayne Teasdale believes that we're entering the "Interspiritual Age," when a new civilization will be formed–a global culture based on common spiritual values. "Such a universal society will draw its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuitions, and experiences," Teasdale predicts. Throughout this ambitious book, Teasdale examines the world's religions and highlights the underlying beliefs and yearnings that will ultimately link humankind.

Nonetheless, Teasdale is also a proponent of spiritual diversity, urging readers to protect and study their own indigenous religions (or in many cases the religions of their childhoods) before rejecting them. In his glowing introduction, the Dalai Lama also speaks to the importance of preserving religions while simultaneously joining forces to create a more spiritually evolved and compassionate planet. In his final chapters, Teasdale offers ideas for cultivating a more spiritual life. Although his suggestions aren't startlingly original ("Gravitate toward silence," "Always leave the door of hope wide open.") they are tried and true and well worth the reader's time and investment. –Gail Hudson

Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (March 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157731140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577311409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Customer Reviews

Mysticism and the "Final Integration"

4 people found this helpful.
 on November 21, 2013
By LarryD
Mysticism (as Teasdale tells it) would make better sense if it was shown clearly in relation to the “final integration” that is referred to at the end of chapter 9. If you look at mysticism as a duality of self and non-self, it suggests that it is a state that waits for resolution. I see mysticism as a transitional state, a sort of halfway house of being before becoming whole. I do not see the spiritual destination as the mystical life but rather the final integration. To romanticize the mystical state of being is to lock one in place. I recall one women I was corresponding with who said she was relieved to no longer be a mystic. The resolution of the mystical life is a happy moment as one is finally free to live an ordinary life.

Inspiring read

One person found this helpful.
 on May 27, 2015
By Amazon Customer
Inspiring and informative. Not something you read like a novel. This one take time and pauses. I like it.

… book today the world would truly change for the better, and we would all come to know peace …

 on December 15, 2016
By Amazon Customer
If everyone in the world read this book today the world would truly change for the better, and we would all come to know peace on Earth.

The Only Book You’ll Ever Need on A Spiritual Journey

 on November 27, 2013
By Susan Winters Smith
This book is the epitome of books for all who are seeking to understand mysticism and the connection of all world religions, and also what is happening in terms of spiritual growth within their own minds and souls. I happened to order it on a friend’s recommendation just before I landed in the hospital and nearly died. I had amazing experiences and when the book arrived while I was in the hospital, it validated everything I was going through. Truly Amazing.


 on April 6, 2008
By David W. Beach
The Mystic Heart by Wayne Teasdale is a trusted resource for those persons beginning on an intentional spiritual journey as well as those well along the way and asking the many questions that inevitably arise.

Five Stars

 on April 2, 2017
By Linda O'Hara-Scott
A very good, clean copy of The Mystic Heart arrived within the promised time.

Five Stars

 on October 25, 2016
By Carol A. Broussard
This bood arrived as expected in excellent condition.

Five Stars

 on February 5, 2017
excellent product and delivery

Five Stars

 on July 11, 2016
By cami
One of the best books I have read in a while

great book

 on January 1, 2014
Wonderful addition to my exploration into all the major religions mystics. I was particularly happy to learn about the international movement and organization for acceptance and tolerance for those different from us.

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