Growing with Intention: Shadow Work

This series exploring engines of our spiritual growth has shifted this week to look at practices designed to bring our unconscious into conscious awareness. The other day, I focused on the murky but fascinating world of our dreams. Today, I'm going to turn to shadow work, the process of becoming aware of, accepting, and integrating … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Shadow Work

Growing with Intention: Dream Work

The most recent post in this series on Growing with Intention introduced making what is unconscious conscious as an engine of our spiritual development. Today I'd like to look at one specific way we can work with this idea, dream work. Spending time engaging with our dreams is the paradigmatic approach to working with the … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Dream Work

Growing with Intention: Making the Unconscious Conscious

The tie that binds all of the practices in this series on Growing with Intention together is their shared presupposition that growing spiritually involves growing in awareness — being able to see, accept, and integrate more about ourselves and the world around us. While the first four practices we've looked at — transcendent spiritual experiences, … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Making the Unconscious Conscious

Growing with Intention: Value Metabolism

One theme that has recurred in my Sunday reflections over the past few months is the idea that we receive grace as a gift from God, but inasmuch as that grace is at work in us, we will also give grace to others. As I wrote in November: Grace is a gift but it isn't … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Value Metabolism

Growing with Intention: Positive-Positive Polarities, or, Dialectical Epistemology

The great physicist Niels Bohr famously wrote: “The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.” This is an idea that I have come to appreciate more and more over the years: The opposites of so many basic values are not falsehoods, but equally profound values. … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Positive-Positive Polarities, or, Dialectical Epistemology