Stress and Human Spirituality Chapter 7. “ The winds of grace are blowing perpetually. We only need raise our sails.” —Sri Ramakrishna. A Spiritual Hunger in Troubled Times. Troubled times (personal and planetary) often promote a spiritual hunger
Many things have contributed to a greater awareness of spirituality:
-Higher consciousness -Faith -Transcendence
-Self-reliance -Self-efficacy -Mysticism
-Self-realization -Self-actualization -Community
-Enlightenment -The Divine -Love
-OthersDefining Human Spirituality
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
—Carl G. Jung
“Love is part of the journey of the human spirit. Remember that when you get to the fourth stage, the Mystical Communal stage, you are really only at the beginning.”
—M. Scott Peck
Stage 1: Chaotic antisocial individual
Stage 2: Formal institutionalized individual
Stage 3: Skeptical individual
Stage 4: Mystic communal individual
“Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. We know the sap that runs through the trees as we know the blood that runs through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. What he does to the earth he does to himself.”
Path of Introspection
Soul searching to find balance
Path of Quiet
Mental health through the lines of nature
Path of Peace
Youth and wonder
Path of Sun
Respectful of self, all people, and environment
“I see the recovery of the ancient tradition of creation spirituality as a gift for our times. Perhaps ecology and cosmology can awaken our slumbering world and in doing so, awaken our slumbering spirits.”
“Growth of the soul is our goal, and there are many ways to encourage that growth, such as through love, nature, healing our wounds, forgiveness, and service. The soul grows well when giving and receiving love.”
“Consciousness in motion expresses itself as the objects of the universe in the eternal dance of life.The physical laws of the universe are actually this whole process of divinity in motion, or consciousness in motion.”
“We are at this moment participating in one of the very greatest leaps of the human spirit—to a knowledge not only of outside nature, but also our own deep inward mystery—the greatest leap ever.”
“Why did the ancients cherish the Tao?
Because through it, we may find a world of peace, leaving behind a world of cares, and hold the greatest treasure under heaven.”
“God does not play dice with the Universe.”
Wisdom keepers cite four aspects of human spirituality:
-An insightful internal relationship
-Powerful external (interpersonal) relationships
2. Values (personal value system)
3. A meaningful purpose in life
4. Appreciating the divine mystery of life
1. Define human spirituality (as best you can).
2. Select four theories of human spirituality and explain each (e.g., Jung, Peck, Black Elk, Jesus of Nazareth, Borysenko, Campbell, Lao Tzu, etc.).
3. Define and explain the common bonds of human spirituality (centering, emptying, grounding, and connecting processes).
4. Explain how relationships, values, and a meaningful purpose in life are affected by stress.
5. Define the concepts spiritual potential and spiritual health.
6. Define the concepts of spiritual roadblocks and distractions in terms of spiritual health.