I Am You And We Are All One (Article from past issues)

Contemplating the One Reality through the mystic visionaries of the world’s spiritual traditions.

Hidden among the music videos and vanity projects found on YouTube is a short clip – just 3 minutes and 22 seconds long – that might, within the coming year, change the world. Its buzz is still muted: as of early January, four months after it was first uploaded to
the massive video-sharing Web site, it registered fewer than 400 views. But its creators are hopeful that, within 2008, this little video will reach and touch viewers across the globe.

It is the trailer for “Voices of Truth: The Meeting Point of All Spiritual Traditions,” a documentary currently in production in the Washington, D.C. area. Its goal is ambitious: to slash through the divisiveness of religion today and discover the shared traditions, common goals and inner beauty that join spiritual faiths.

“A documentary for a troubled time,” the narrator intones as the preview comes to a close. These are indeed troubled times, from the wars in the Middle East to the battles that spring up at Parent Teacher Association meetings each holiday season as schools wrestle to accommodate all faiths in the cafeteria and the choral recitals.

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While documentaries like “A History of God” and “Ties That Bind” bring together people from different religions to discuss where their faiths intersect, “Voices of Truth” has a different goal. “The purpose of this documentary is to show how the vision of non-dual truth is the same regardless of how it is described by the different religions and philosophies,” says Matthew Flickstein, executive producer and creative force behind the film.

The documentary will bring together mystics and teachers from a wide variety of faiths – Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Native American, Buddhism, Hinduism and more – and give them a platform to discuss their experiences in the higher realm of spirituality.
The driving force of the film is a concept that Flickstein terms “non-duality.” When asked to define what, exactly, non-duality is, he says, “If you trace any spiritual path that has a mystical aspect to it, (you) come to a place that’s beyond the duality of the world.

Everything has opposite: Good vs. bad, etc. If you find the mystical reality or mystical lineage of any spiritual path, you get to a place that transcends duality.” That place is the ultimate reality, he says. And he hypothesizes that greater understanding of the ultimate reality, where the differences between faiths dissolve and harmony exists, can help people bridge their differences.

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