Rob MacLachlan

What was it that first called you to join the OneSpirit training? Two things. Reading the brochure (there was no website then) made this grown man cry from start to finish with joy and recognition. Also, the opportunity to explore the great faith traditions with fellow seekers in an experiential way.

In which year were you ordained?    2006

What is your minister’s vow, as taken then, or since updated?

I vow to live with passion; to love all the faces of God; to listen when Spirit calls; and to laugh more. The last I’d still like to do oftener.

What was the main thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?

I’d set out to change career — to become a minister and psychotherapist — but soon discovered it was journalism and organisational leadership that inspired me and called me back. I was so much more effective and at ease, now that I could connect with my essential Self, and ‘drop the knife’ of judgment — of myself and others. And I’d developed more of a capacity for sensing into and expressing what was required in any given situation.

How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?

I’ve worked for OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation almost continuously since I was ordained, in various roles including mentor, manager, trustee, chair of trustees, and now as website/ newsletter editor. Sometimes I wonder if this long association is some sort of co-dependent behaviour! Yet when I reflect deeply, I always find that any unease my small self/personality might feel dissolves when I connect with my deepest inspiration and desire to serve the unfolding of Spirit. My background and passion is in developing professional communities, and building new models of organisations that express and embody the full potential of human beings. So I’ve been very fortunate that when on these occasions I’ve felt the inner call, I’ve also received an outer invitation to contribute to the Foundation.

What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?

I’m in a retreat group within the Ridhwan School. Using the teachings of Almaas, with regular meditation, body sensing and witnessed inquiry, we consciously explore and peel away the obscuring layers of our personalities to access the essential, limitless qualities of True Nature more freely.

Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?

Learning to trust and express my healthy masculine energy, especially where it is deeply mistrusted by the feminine.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

I’ll tell you when I know.