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Spiritual Development. William G. Huitt. Valdosta State University. Last Revised: June 2003. Definition. Inherent property of the human being. Meaningfulness of our lives and our relationships to. ourselves. to others. to nature.

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Spiritual Development

William G. Huitt

Valdosta State University

Last Revised: June 2003

  • Inherent property of the human being
  • Meaningfulness of our lives and our relationships to
  • ourselves
  • to others
  • to nature
  • to a higher power (or to the unknowns of the universe)
source of spirituality
Source of Spirituality
  • Naturalism


  • Pantheism

Universe is expression of God

  • Theism

Non-material soul created by God

benefits of spirituality
Benefits of Spirituality
  • Improved physical health, including blood pressure
  • Healthier lifestyles and less risky behavior
  • Improved coping ability
  • Less depression
  • Faster healing
  • Lower levels of bereavement after the death of a loved one
  • A decrease in fear of death
  • Higher school achievement
liability for lack of spirituality
Liability for Lack of Spirituality
  • Overeating
  • Risky behavior
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor health
spirituality related questions
Spirituality-Related Questions
  • Who are we as human beings? Where did we come from?
  • Where did the universe come from? What are its origins?
  • Are we in control of our lives or is our destination a result of fate?
  • Is there a God (in whatever way we define or know a Supreme Being)?
  • What is our relationship to God or the Creator, if there is one?
  • Is there a continuity of life after this life? If so, what is it like?
  • How can we increase meaning in our lives, in general, and my life, in particular?
relating to self
Relating To Self
  • Signature Strengths:
  • Index to Learning Style:
  • Jung Typology Personality Test:
  • Classical Intelligence Test (2nd Rev.):
  • Emotional Intelligence Assessment:
  • Becoming A Brilliant Star
pathways to the soul
Pathways To The Soul
  • Creative Drive
  • Need for Initiation
  • Urge of Transcendence
  • Hunger for Joy and Delight
  • Yearning for Deep Connection
  • Longing for Silence and Solitude
  • Search for Meaning and Purpose
stages of faith
Stages of Faith

0. Undifferentiated Faith

I. Intuitive-Projective Faith

II. Mythic-Literal

III. Synthetic-Conventional

IV. Individuative-Reflective

V. Conjunctive

VI. Universalizing Faith

  • Create conducive environment -- Save, secure, supportive
  • Maintain neutrality between secular and religious and among religions
  • Any activity that allows students to gain meaningful insights regarding self, others, nature, God or universal unknowns
  • Provide variety of activities using Kessler’s “Pathways” as a guideline