At some point in each of our searchings, I believe it is necessary to become “located” within some valid spiritual tradition. It is of course neither desirable nor necessary to so solidly identify oneself with a tradition that blind allegiance and particularity are courted. Location is decidedly different from identification. In location within a tradition that has been tested and tempered by history, one can cease the furtive skimming of the surface of things and begin to go deep. Here it is possible to measure one’s own perceptions against those of others by solid, valid means. Here it is possible to be open to sensible, understandable criticism as well as palpable support. Without this location of one’s own search within a historic tradition of searching, it is too easy to wander aimlessly. But when the location becomes exclusive and self-identifying, the search is lost altogether.
— Gerald G. May, Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology