The Spiritual Quest...

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Each week, Global Spirit will present the U.S. television premiere of a new program probing the trans-cultural dynamics of human inquiry. Episodes explore the relationships between mind and spirit, science and metaphysics, and mental and physical well-being as approached by the world’s ancient wisdom traditions and by modern science. Global Spirit is a unique ‘internal travel’ series that brings to light spiritual, mental and physical practices that help us to define who we are as human beings, our relationships to others — and to the world at large.

The belief systems of many of our global neighbors lie beyond the purview of formalized religion, yet they have guided mankind through many millennia with highly evolved principles and philosophies. In August of 2005, the cover of Newsweek magazine announced that Americans are searching for their souls, and increasingly they are not doing it within the norms of traditional church, mosque or synagogue settings. A poll conducted by Newsweek and Beliefnet found that new forms of religious experience and expression attract millions of Americans each year. The poll also found that 79% of those polled described themselves as “spiritual” rather than “religious” — a trend that has been growing in America since the beginning of the millennium. Global Spirit explores this emerging longing in the American psyche to explore the depths of human consciousness and the many faces of spirituality.

Global Spirit invites the viewer to test and participate in traditions as practiced by a wide range of peoples and spiritual leaders. By connecting and cross-pollinating the core concepts from the world’s wisdom traditions, Global Spirit offers the curious viewer an exploration of new and ancient approaches to healing, forgiveness and self-knowledge. From the mystical to the religious, and from the psychological to the spiritual, Global Spirit offers a rich and thoughtful exploration of the world’s many approaches to personal and collective well-being.

On-location footage shot by the Global Spirit crew, together with engaging, in-depth conversations between host Phil Cousineau and a diverse set of experts such as Karen Armstrong, Bob Thurman, Deepak Chopra, Sobonfu Somé, Andrew Harvey, Chief Oren Lyons, Azim Khamisa, Rev. Alan Jones, Joanne Shenandoah, Lama Lhanang Rinpoche, Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Michael Meade, Hamza El Din and Jai Uttal. Each week, Global Spirit will present a spectrum of new insights for understanding ourselves, our families, our communities, our planet — and ultimately our place in the Cosmos.



Premieres: Sunday, April 12 at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET
Rebroadcast: Thursday, April 16 at 8:00pm PT/11:00pm ET
Rebroadcast: Friday, April 17 at 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET

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The Spiritual Quest is often understood as a desire to reach God, or to attain spiritual enlightenment. It is a search that is often challenging, full of questions and uncertainties. In this episode of Global Spirit, writer and lecturer Phil Cousineau hosts comparative religion scholar Karen Armstrong and Professor of Buddhist studies Dr. Robert Thurman for a discussion of The Spiritual Quest as both a personal and religious phenomenon.