Examples of Stage I and II Spiritual Development
“Can you give us personal stories of people at various stages of spiritual development?” Based on the findings of M. Scott Peck and other noted psychiatrist, I think so.
Dr. Peck saw when he used the same therapeutic approaches on different patients – he got startlingly different results. He was the same therapist. His therapy was the same, but he obtained “utterly different outcomes from a religious point of view.” Continue reading
One Approach to Understanding Ourself and Others
Have you ever wondered:
- why many people view life in terms of right and wrong, black and white, and yet others people seeing things in more shades of gray,
- why some take religious texts literally, while others understand them as metaphoric,
- why others think their religion is “the only true one,” while others view all religions as streams leading to the same ocean?
One possible answer lies in what researchers have found; as we experience emotional and intellectual growth, we progress spiritually. Just as we experience phases in human physical and psychological growth, we can also define stages in normal spiritual development. Continue reading
Star forming nebula in small Magellanic Cloud
Inspired by the Night Sky
When we appreciate the beauty, and vastness of the cosmos, we can experience a deep sense of wonder and mystery about the universe and our place in it. This deep feeling of awe for all nature can connect us to all there is. Fortunately, there are ways we can easily experience the immensity and grander of the heavens. Continue reading
Learning to Appreciate Life
Expressing gratitude is important to our well-being. Unless we accept and appreciate what comes to us in life, we will never receive the benefits of contentment and happiness. Authorities on the benefits of gratitude encourage us to consider how recognizing what we have, versus what we think we need and want, can change everything. Continue reading
Fear of Moving Ahead
A few years ago in Honolulu, my wife and I became acquainted with an attractive, Japanese-American girl, who had spent her entire life in Hawaii. As we got to know her better, she revealed that she was pondering and perplexed about whether she should go to college “on the mainland,” meaning San Francisco. The idea of moving to San Francisco and leaving Hawaii for the first time was giving her no peace at all. On top of that her grandmother, who probably was a buddhist, had taught her to always seek peace in every part of her life. The young woman was searching for an answer. Continue reading
For You, A Gift of Affirmations From My Wife
Health and Resilience
I am confident and resilient, for I am always in the presence of God.
Divine life is actively at work within me, restoring my health, and enriching this body with energy and strength.
Each day, I become younger and more alive in mind and body and spirit. Continue reading
The Colosseum in Rome
“From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians”
Ever wonder why Christianity developed the way it did? What elements within Christianity formed the basis for Western civilization? Why do we approach life the way we do? Then perhaps you may want to see the Public Broadcasting System’s (PBS) four DVD program: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.
Of the various videos which exist about the early development of Christianity, this program is the most comprehensive and even-handed one available. Further, there is an award-winning PBS website which has hundreds of pages of support material. Continue reading
A Master Teacher Speaks
Paul Ferrini is an open-minded and compassionate teacher who empowers us to awaken our divine potential within. He is truly inspired as he writes about a unique blend of spirituality and psychology. His special focus is on love and forgiveness. He says the only thing standing between us and an authentic spiritual approach to living – – is us. In this article, we review Paul’s approach to love and forgiveness. Continue reading
Life as a Spiritual Checkbook
I sometimes imagine life as a spiritual checkbook. Rather than for dollars, we write checks of “time.” We really don’t know how much time we have in our spiritual checking account; but we assume that we have an average amount for a person of our gender. How we write our checks becomes a serious matter. Continue reading
Positive Power of Spiritual Affirmations
Olympic athletes know mental preparation is as important, if not more important, than physical conditioning. These athletes must endure tremendous amounts of stress to perform. Dorothy Harris, PhD, former professor of Sport Psychology at Pennsylvania State University said:
“The only difference between the best performance and the worst performance is the variation in our self-talk, and the self-thoughts and attitudes we carry around with us.”
Spiritual or Religious?
Spirituality is in vogue. As Americans use the term “religious,” it is increasingly limited to dogma, ritual and other religious practices, and institutions. Whereas, “spiritual” and “spirituality” are far more inclusive, encompassing all of their lives. Large groups of Americans want to deepen their spirituality, and self-understanding, according to surveys. Continue reading
For You, A Gift From My Wife
I have learned to love whatever,
I’m going through.
Love must be present,
No matter what. Continue reading
Stressed Are We?
From my experience, I know mind-focusing types of meditation or prayer reduce stress, and can be vital for personal and spiritual growth. To make sure we are operating at the same level, I want to review the scientific basis for the “fight or flight,” and “relaxation response”, and various approaches that counteract stress, such as meditation, prayer and yoga. Continue reading
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Former Teen Idol Inspires
I remember the first time I saw Back to the Future in a theater – the audience clapped loudly at the end of the show. The movie was such great fun. People don’t normally celebrate after a film. Continue reading
A Springboard for Self-Examination
Based on my experience, I can say that the process of spiritual development can greatly increase a person’s creativity. In my case, it took the dissolution of my early marriage to start an intense period of personal development. Continue reading
Murder Mysteries Illustrate Reasoned Approaches
TV murder mysteries do a great job of showcasing the methods of science. To have confidence in the scientific world-view, and not just rely on faith in “scientist-priests,” we need to understand:
- How science works, and
- How it develops its conclusions and views.
Boyhood Lessons in Experience
When I was a boy, my parents took me to both medical doctors and chiropractors. One to cure sickness, and the other to optimize health and treat injuries. My family had a balanced view of both professions, in spite of strong prejudices against one or the other profession which existed at the time. In other words, my family valued their personal experience above ideologies.
Delving into the cross roads of rationality and intuition
Welcome to our website.
My wife and I have been on a joint spiritual-journey for the past 30 years. Together we forged a relationship that accelerated our personal spiritual development. We want to share our experiences and insights, and help others to grow spiritually. Let us begin by giving you a summary of our reasons and ideas for creating this site. Continue reading
Deep Inner Calm
During my spiritual awakening years ago, I regularly experienced something very profound. Every night after work, I got into my car, and put the sound track of the TV series “Cosmos” into the player. Being in the late fall, it was dark enough for the street lights to be on. As I settled into the car seat and listened to the wonderful music of “Cosmos,” a deep and intense calm came over me. It was like nothing I ever experienced before.