Helping you find the way, maybe
Explore dozens of faith-based topics — meditation, tribal beliefs, prophecies, etc. — on the ambitious All Things Spiritual. The 25 main categories on the homepage index the usual world religions, plus a few surprises: Enlightenment, Mind-Body beliefs, even Sikh, Confucian and Zoroastrian groups. But those are just the start.
Click “More” and you’ll definitely get it: angels, ghosts, Nordic gods, Rosicrucians, African myths, benevolent “cosmic people.” There’s a collection of prophecies — biblical, Mayan, Hopi, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Our Lady of Fatima. There’s some nice poetry from a variety of people, from William Blake to Omar Khayyam to Thich Nhat Hanh.
One site tries to show how England’s Rosslyn Chapel — featured in the movie The Da Vinci Code — links the Masons with the Knights Templar. Another link offers a book titled Am I Crazy or Just Haunted? The free, downloadable book offers guidance on living with the paranormal.
As with any superdirectory, some of the classifications are up for debate. Yes, it’s smart to put meditation and shamanism in their own categories; they bridge many faith traditions. But why is there a separate link for Sufism, a branch of Sunni Islam? Or for Veda, one of the Hindu scriptures? And why is native European spirituality separate from paganism?
It’s also not great to see a lot of links that aren’t so much resources as online catalogs. Sites like Cross Pendants Online, or the Bodyelement Yoga Studio, or the Eye of Horus Myth & Ritual Store.
Finally, although it may not need saying, “Buyer Beware.” Just because it’s on a Web site, doesn’t mean it’s accurate. An example: messianic groups — i.e., Jews who became Christians — are grouped under Judaism. Jewish communities object strongly to such mixing. The folks at All Things Spiritual should have known that.