Following up on the series this Spring on the basics of Integral thought, I wanted to look at some of the specific ways this worldview predicts we can facilitate genuine spiritual growth and personal transformation.
I introduced the series by discussing the problem of spiritual growth — or more precisely, the lack of spiritual growth — represents for Christianity. Our Gospel makes big claims about the transformation of the human person ‘in Christ’ and couches these claims in even bigger and bolder language. And yet, we rarely see this actually come about in real life. And yet, it does happen. So what are we to make of this? And, are there things we can do to facilitate the kind of growth our faith expects of us?
The posts that followed explored some of the key drivers of spiritual growth offered by Integral thinkers:
- Mysticism and Meditation
- Transcendent Beauty and Excellence
- Positive-Positive Polarities
- Value Metabolism
- Making the Unconscious Conscious (including shadow work and dream work)
- ‘Perfecting the Universe’ (aka, ‘Bearing Good fruit’)
- Embodied Spirituality
Finally, I wrapped the series up with a post revisiting the question of whether these practices legitimately represent a Christian spirituality.