Before world religions, there were teachers of “the Way”. Before Christianity, Jesus’ disciples proclaimed that his life manifested the intention of the Source of creation, that he personified the Way of truth and life. Before theological constructs, religious ritual, and the hierarchy of Christianity, there was only the Way – and the Way was Life and Love. Before Christianity, Jesus’ disciples only considered themselves followers in the Way.
Before Taoism and Buddhism, Lao Tzu taught the Tao (translated the Way) and Buddha taught the Eightfold Path. Like Jesus, their focus was not on a religious system but the Way of Life, and their disciples intention was to follow in that Way.
Before and since these great teachers, there have been many other teachers pointing to the Way in some form or the other. From these teachers, many variations of religious thought have evolved to make their claim to the Way. Unfortunately, in the context of religious tradition, the Way too often gets obscured by rigid forms of belief and ritual – and the changing of the guard of hierarchical control.
Re-Imagining the Way is an exploration in some of the key factors necessary to reestablish the Way in a post-religious culture. It is an attempt to move past the clanging voices of our culture that push us in one direction or the other toward conflict, consumption, and chaos. And it is an attempt to tap into the quiet voices of the heart that gently move us to listen to our longings, to connect authentically with others, and to pursue the Way of Life, Love, and Peace.