Brother Wayne's A Monk in the World
A now classic statement about the modern Sannyasa calling
Structures of the Community of The Mystic Heart
The key word in Brother Wayne's visioning of his "Universal Order of Sannyasa" was "Universal". As you can see from his own words, such an "Order" would need a big "sliding scale" to accommodate the life circumstances not only of persons from many traditions but persons busy with all the demands of life, work, family etc. Yet, Bro. Wayne realized, as he said, that there would be among these, many wanting to give and serve in a major way regarding the unfolding of the interspiritual vision.
Swami Vidyananda, in her "Welcome" to the CMH from members of the more traditional Sannyasa calling recognized this as well and gave some profound pointers on what it means to answer a mystical and sannyasa service calling in the modern setting.
Swami Vidyananda gave a "Welcoming" Address at CMH Founding representing the Traditional Sannyasa Calling
MEMBERSHIP in the COMMUNITY OF THE MYSTIC HEART
The Community of The Mystic Heart has four kinds of membership. These are described briefly below. Additional details are available from the CMH Administrator, Kurt Johnson. Members of CMH who joined prior to the offering of these kinds of membership are welcome to re-evaluate their path and adjust it according to their need.
As is generally known, the over two hundred members who joined CMH in its first year did so as described in 3 below, "embracing the Nine Elements...as vows". The rapid growth of our community, and the varying needs of persons interested in CMH, moved us to expand our concept of membership in 2011 and to offer the new option of making a Personal Covenant regarding ones life of spiritual practice and sacred service.
Kinds of Membership
For more on Personal Covenants, see bottom of page
to join CMH, go to JOIN US
As of 2011, the Community of the Mystic Heart has also moved to share its wider community, vision and mission with groups of persons able to live in varying degrees of experimental interspiritual community. These communities, like CMH, are members of, and associated with each other through, the Order of Universal Interfaith (www.ouni.org). We welcome you to examine these communities at our Associated Communities page HERE.
also want to note that Ordination in the CMH is possible through the affiliate
organization The Order of Univeral Interfaith, a duly constituted Religious Order under
the laws of the
Rev. Dr. Thomas Dowes, right, a founder of ISDnA, CMH and OUnI speaks at the Sannyasa founding. At left, are Revs. Timothy Miner and Jean Leone of the Order of Universal Interfaith
Intention of the Commuity the Mystic Heart
The Nine Elements of a Universal Spirituality
from The Mystic Heart
1. I vow to actualize and live according to
my full moral and ethical
Evolving from a suggestion by Rev. Diane Berke, a member of CMH's Advisory Council, CMH founders elected to adapt Bro. Wayne's "Nine Elements of a Universal Spirituality" (which Bro. Wayne used to structure his book The Mystic Heart) into a statement of intention and aspiration-- ultimately the "Vows"-- of his "Universal Order of Sannyasa" and, subsequently, the Community of The Mystic Heart
Personal Covenants can include:
1. A general statement of the members vision, goals and overall lifestyle, especially in the context of Interspirituality, the message of Bro. Wayne and the Vows of the Community of The Mystic Heart.
2. A profession/declaration of the daily (or other) spiritual practice to which the member is dedicating herself or himself.
3. A profession/declaration of the kind of sacred service to which the member is dedicatingherself or himself.
4. Other appropriate details of the members lifestyle which he/she wishes to state, profess, declare, share, and/or celebrate, including persons/teachers/paths they wish to honor.
5. A statement about the members direction from this point, or an ongoing vision, which the member may wish to share in the presence, and with the support of, the Community
6. The members request for support in his/her covenantal lifestyle from and by the whole Community and a request for a written response from the Community acknowledging that the profession/declaration has been heard, accepted, and will be supported by the community.
7. Other elements as suggested by the member, or as may evolve as the activity of Personal Covenants grows and evolves.
What a Personal Covenant should not include:
OUnI and its Participating Communities are formulating an "Ethics Statement" because of the widely publicized problems occurring in some other circles worldwide regarding persons in authority (Teachers, Employers) effecting sexual relationships from those positions with students or employees. We generally support the Ethics Statements in the psychology and counseling communities that such relationships should not be encouraged or condoned. Especially since there is at least one "Teacher" from another circle who appears to be teaching that these should be a part of teacher/student employer/employee relationships, we counsel that a Personal Covenant should not include anything that advocates that kind of ethic.
Community of The Mystic Heart "Brother Wayne-centric"? No, Brother Wayne's
work is only a key guide; the major word in his original vision was "Universal"
and many are contributing to this unfolding path.
to inquire about joining email the Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org