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: Mysticism and Meditation

Throughout history and across religious traditions around the globe, communities have turned to their mystics and masters as the great exemplars of spirituality. While in our culture today, the Buddha or Hindu gurus might come to mind first when we think about this phenomenon, it has historically been true of Christianity as well, whether East … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Mysticism and Meditation

Growing with Intention: An Integral Perspective on Spiritual Growth

One of the biggest ways my approach to Christianity has changed over the years has been the shift away from theology that focuses primarily on doctrines and ideas towards one that focuses on change and growth in persons and communities. It's not that I no longer uphold those doctrines — far from it. Rather, it's … Continue reading Growing with Intention: An Integral Perspective on Spiritual Growth

Integral Basics, Part 7: Integrating the Basics

I began this series with a personal reflection on the need for an approach to Christianity that is "big enough to encompass all of my own experiences, but also the highs and lows, successes and failures, and future potential of the Christian tradition." Over the past few posts, I have introduced the basic elements of … Continue reading Integral Basics, Part 7: Integrating the Basics

Integral Basics, Part 5: States of Consciousness

One of my most profound memories is from the day after my youngest nephew, David, was born. It was the first time I had ever held a newborn and I was totally unprepared for the experience. It was in many ways such a normal thing — I had held babies, including his two older brothers, … Continue reading Integral Basics, Part 5: States of Consciousness