Why NOT Integral? Lingering Questions and Concerns

Over the past few months, I've done two major series on Integral thought: Integral Basics, which introduced the general framework within which many Integral thinkers operate; and this most recent series on Growing with Intention, which explored different engines of spiritual growth through an Integral lens. But as much as I like the Integral approach, … Continue reading Why NOT Integral? Lingering Questions and Concerns

Integral Growth & Christian Spirituality

As this series, Growing with Intention, wraps up, I thought it would be helpful to take a step back and look at the practices as a whole, from a specifically Christian theological lens. As someone who comes to these practices in a desire to be more faithful and to be a better disciple of Jesus, … Continue reading Integral Growth & Christian Spirituality

Growing with Intention: The Body

In this series on engines of spiritual growth, we've looked at how we can use our hearts, minds, unconscious wisdom, and actions to push us forward in faithfulness. But none of this would be possible without the body in and of itself. So I can't leave this series without giving some thought to this beautiful, … Continue reading Growing with Intention: The Body

Growing with Intention: ‘Perfecting the Universe’ (or, Bearing Good Fruit (again))

So far in this series on practices and behaviours we can use to grow in faith, we've explored two ways of engaging transcendence (through 'spiritual' experiences and beauty), two ways of expanding the mind (through dialectical epistemology and value metabolism), and ways of bringing what is hidden into our awareness (especially through dream work and … Continue reading Growing with Intention: ‘Perfecting the Universe’ (or, Bearing Good Fruit (again))

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