An Excerpt from The Mystic Heart of Justice: Restoring Wholeness in a Broken World

Denise Breton and Stephen Lehman’s philosophical work presents a re-imagining of the spiritual practice of justice. Here’s an example.

"The challenge that mystic justice poses for us, therefore, isn’t to deny our nature for the sake of social order but the reverse, namely, to bring our full nature into our worlds. We need to connect with who we are in our totality, not just in outer ways. Listening to our souls is how we do it. In turn, our souls use the totality of our experience — our thoughts, desires, dreams, longings, relationships, bodies, as well as our loves — to tell the unfolding story of who we are and what the whole calls us to do.

"That’s why, in following our souls, we can’t go wrong. Granted, we can raise the ire of conventional wisdom and social expectation in a flash, we can make mistakes, and we can go through intense, painful, even hellish transformations; but we can’t go wrong as far as the mystic order of justice is concerned. One way or another, following our souls opens a window for our core individuality to come through, and that blesses us all.

"So what do we do? We get our souls back: that’s our first job. It’s the mystic way as well as the practical way, and it’s the way of justice.

  • "We do justice to ourselves by engaging our whole being, outer and inner, seen and unseen;

  • "We do justice to others by honoring their whole being, our connectedness to them, and our whole mutual-blessings dynamics;

  • "We do justice to our communities and society by giving them what is ours to give; and

  • "We do justice to justice itself by no longer reducing it to external reward-punishment terms, instead letting it operate as a force for soul, transformation, happiness, and good."