This is an articulate and intelligent look at how we can reclaim our traditional spiritual anchors in a global community. The search for meaning, which is so crucial for psychological health, has lost its traditional anchors. As a result, millions of individuals are creating their own belief systems. This shift began back in the Sixties, as people left traditional religion and began exploring other forms of spirituality. Social contradictions demonstrate the complex factors around the topic of the spiritual life in the West. We have reached a pivotal moment where many negative forces seem to be pulling us apart, even while powerful forces for the good, especially seen through rapidly growing global communication, are bringing people around the world ever closer together. Today's meaning will be found through reclaiming and transforming our traditional spiritual anchors.
Judith Miller is a professor of developmental psychology at Columbia University. She is also on the faculty of the International Institute for Consciousness Exploration and Psychotherapy in Wittnau, Germany.