Our imaginations are incredible tools for beginning to experience the meanings of our spiritual journeys. A good starting place to begin to invigorate our imaginations is with novels whose characters are on their own spiritual journeys, where we get the opportunity to identify with the issues, crises and dilemmas characters face. These novels were written with the hope of providing that opportunity:
The intellect is not the primary center of intelligence for spiritual growth, but it is very important. The intellect can help you find the right map for you to determine where you are, where you want to go and how to get there. The two most powerful maps available for humankind within the past century are the map of understanding of nine basic patters of how our human motivations work provided by the Enneagram and the practical pattern of spiritual growth derived from all great religions distilled in the 12 Steps.
The purpose of this site is not to provide in-depth insight into the Enneagram or the 12 Steps. There are many great sites that already do this.
However, there is very little available that distills the ways these two paths overlap and augment each other. The 9and12 Workbook provides this resource for you.
Descriptive Essays about problems we face, don’t solve the underlying problem, but can be very helpful. An intellectual understanding of how to address our problems can be a wonderful balm which gives hope and inspiration to do what is needed. The essays found in A Lawyers Guide to Healing: Solutions for Addiction and Depression is such a resource. While this book focuses on individuals encountering these issues in the high stress environment of practicing law, the guidance provided is directly applicable to anyone dealing with issues of addiction and depression.
You have reached this page because you are interested in your spiritual development and transformation. The purpose of this site is to provide insight into opportunities to access the inner resources we all have for our journey. An understanding of these resources, developed over three decades as both a spiritual pilgrim and a counselor and spiritual director provide guidance in:
Right Use of the Imagination
Right Use of the Will – Commitment to Practice
Right Use of the Intellect – Enneagram and 12 Steps Maps
Right Use of Community
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All spiritual traditions emphasize the importance of a daily practice that helps develop greater self awareness and understanding. The CONNECT journals were developed to provide customized templates for living into a Commitment to Practice.
There are certain traditions that suggest lifetime withdrawal from the world is necessary for deep spiritual growth. There is no question that times of retreat are extraordinarily helpful, but even these are usually best done in community Humans are social creatures. Our fellow humans are the source of our greatest challenges and the greatest meaning in our lives. Fundamental to the spiritual journey is being able to experience the separateness and the connectedness of everyone. This process requires community. On your journey a key asset will be finding health communities for you to flourish in. The attributes of healthy communities are places that encourage authenticity in each person, that encourage diversity, that are not authority-fiture dependent, that encourage ways for each person to be self-accountable, and that create genuine atmosphere of love within the group and offer a doorway of love to those outside. Sometimes traditional religious groups meet these requirements. Many times they do not. Many 12 Steps groups offer this. Some will not. We all need to be discerning about the nature of the group. The key is we must all find one or two or three such groups that can be a part of our lives and our spiritual journey.
Here are additional examples of some that are important to me:
Contemplative Outreach — https://copnc.org/
Wesleyan Contemplative Order — http://wesleyancontemplativeorder.com/
School of the Spirit — http://thelydiagroup.com/school-of-the-spirit/
Living School — https://cac.org/rohr-inst