Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

The Dangers of Spiritual Bypass

Spiritual bypass can best be described as: “the tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks”(Welwood, J. (2000) [1984]. “Between heaven and earth: principles of inner work”. … Continue reading

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Entering into the Darkness to Bring Forth the Light

Last Friday I hit the wall. I found myself overcome with the darkness of our world, despairing over that which causes me pain, confusion, frustration and deep sorrow.  As I shared my experience, I was surprised (not really) by the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Initiation: Standing at the Crossroads

The journey toward self-actualization is in fact, one spiritual initiation after another. Spiritual initiation takes place every time we are faced with an opportunity to remain in the perceived safety and security of what we have known or take another … Continue reading

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Spiritual Development – Surviving a Freefall

I define spiritual development as: the process through which we uncover the answer to the following questions: Who am I? Whose am I? (Where do I find peace and belonging?) What are my gifts and how am I called to … Continue reading

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Staying Sane in an Insane World

Staying sane in an insane world is about tools, practice and support. Below are my thoughts on staying sane along with resources and support for doing so: It’s getting pretty crazy out there! Just yesterday I posted two comments on … Continue reading

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Mass Shooting – Why it’s Easier to Look Away

Another mass shooting? More innocent children and their teachers dying?  Another mentally unstable adult with an assault rifle taking out their unhealed wounds on society and then themselves? Mass Shooting – The New Normal? With Wednesday’s mass shooting, we are … Continue reading

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Self-Actualization – The Journey of Finding Ourselves

Self-Actualization is the process of  finding ourselves. The purpose of the human experience is finding ourselves. I was recently asked to describe my mission and how my spiritual awakening and journey toward self-actualization informed that mission.  Here is my response: … Continue reading

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The Top Five Reasons Catholics Leave the Church

The second largest religious denomination in the United States is made up of 42.7 million non-practicing (recovering) Catholics. Being raised Catholic, working in the Church, and then making the decision myself to leave, the following is my professional and personal … Continue reading

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What We Do in the Shadows

In response to Monday’s blog, You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, Dennis Fuhr, a frequent commenter on this blog shared some profound observations and questions: Your piece has led me to think a little more about the darkness, the … Continue reading

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You Can Run but You Can’t Hide!

The gift and curse of being a catalyst How many times have you heard the light of a candle used as an example of the function of the light “filling a previously darkened room with light?” The problem with this … Continue reading

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