Jonathan McCracken - The Stages Of Spirituality

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  • Jonathan McCracken - The Stages Of Spirituality

    1. 1. <ul><li>A model for understanding your progress on a spiritual path </li></ul>Stages of Spirituality Jonathan McCracken
    2. 2. Disclaimer No one religion/spiritual path is better than another “ Stages” often implies a progressive superiority. In Spirituality, no one is “better” than another.
    3. 3. Religion <ul><li>a body of knowledge containing beliefs about the causality of the universe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why are we here? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why must we live a “good life? </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Spirituality <ul><li>one’s personal experience with a higher power or value system (not necessarily “God” or “Gods”) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Goal of Spirituality To attain greater awareness, peace of mind, or union with the higher powers or value system
    6. 6. Peace of Mind / Awareness Practice / Depth of Experience
    7. 7. Fear <ul><li>Fear of being punished by the higher powers </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Trust in the system of beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Trust that everything will work out </li></ul><ul><li>Trust that you have what you need to move through this world </li></ul>
    9. 9. Devotion <ul><li>A commitment to going “deeper” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Dedication <ul><li>A tireless practitioner, does not give up easily when confronted with “double-binds” </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring others in their spiritual paths </li></ul>
    11. 11. Surrender <ul><li>The complete ‘giving up’ of the “me, myself, and I” (Ego) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Peace of Mind / Awareness Practice / Depth of Experience
    13. 13. How to get there? <ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul>
    14. 14. Thank You <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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