Etymology[ edit ] The term spirit means "animating or vital principle in man and animals". In the Vulgate the Latin word spiritus is used to translate the Greek pneuma and Hebrew ruah. Furthermore, many of spirituality's core features are not unique to spirituality; for example self- transcendenceasceticism and the recognition of one's connection to all were regarded by the atheist Arthur Schopenhauer as key to ethical life.
Transcending Culture Just as there are discernible stages in human physical and psychological growth, so there are stages in human spiritual development.
But I first came to an awareness of these stages through my own personal experience. The first of these experiences occurred within I was fourteen and began attending Christian churches in the area.
I was mainly interested in checking out the girls but also in checking out what this Christianity business seemed to be about. I chose one particular church because it was only a few blocks down the street and because the most famous preacher of the day was preaching there.
At fourteen I had no trouble spotting him as a fraud. And at age fourteen I had no trouble spotting George Buttrick as a holy man, a true man of God. What was I to think of this with my young brain? Here was the best known Christian preacher of the day, and as far as I could discern at age fourteen, I was well ahead of him.
Yet in the same Christian religion was George Buttrick, who was obviously light years ahead of me. Another significant non computing experience occurred more gradually.
Over the course of a decade of practicing psychotherapy a strange pattern began to emerge. If people who were religious came to me in pain and trouble, and if they became engaged in the therapeutic process, so as to go the whole route, they frequently left therapy as atheists, agnostics, or at least skeptics.
On the other hand, if atheists, agnostics, or skeptics came to me in pain or difficulty and became fully engaged, they frequently left therapy as deeply religious people. Same therapy, same therapist, successful but utterly different outcomes from a religious point of view.
With that realization came another: I myself have passed through them in my own spiritual journey. But here I will talk about those stages only in general, for individuals are unique and do not always fit nearly into my psychological or spiritual pigeonhole.
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With that caveat, let me list my own understanding of these stages and the names I have chosen to give them: Frequently pretenders; they pretend they are loving and pious, covering up their lack of principles. Although they may pretend to be loving and think of themselves that waytheir relationships with their fellow human beings are all essentially manipulative and self-serving.
I call the stage chaotic because these people are basically unprincipled. Being unprincipled, there is nothing that governs them except their own will.
And since the will from moment to moment can go this way or that, there is a lack of integrity to their being. They often end up, therefore in jails or find themselves in another form of social difficulty.Spiritual counsels for psychological healing and love for God.
PART TWO. STATEMENT OF THE RELEVANT LAWS. CHAPTER 4: LAWS OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS.
Arnold Keyserling, Charles Tart, and others discovered that our own consciousness is the main hindrance to our realization of full potential. Laws of Consciousness as devised from contemporary psychology of Freud, Jung, Houston and Maclean.
The history and use of Christian fasting has a long history. Many changes have taken place in how the Church advised how and when fasting should occur. T h is diagram ill ustrates that God is hol y an d man is sinful.
A great gulf se parates the t w o. T he arro w s il lu strate that man is continu a ll y tr yi. Dhtml Menu Maker by timberdesignmag.com v The Christian and Spiritual Growth Charts. A Christian Should - 1 A Christian Should -2 A Christian Should Not - 1 A Christian Should Not - 2 A Doctrinal Relationship with Christ A Faithful Relationship with Christ A Redemptive Relationship with Christ Activities of the Christian Life Add the Christian Graces After Baptism, What Then?