EXCLUSIVE – Charting Your Spiritual Journey

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Whether explicitly acknowledged or implied from your choices and actions, we all have some kind of working worldview that guides moral decisions and helps us understand our surroundings.

    Use this exercise as a springboard to think of new ways you can accomplish your spiritual goals and enlarge and enhance your spiritual life.                                                  -Dr. Jason Holland, Lifespark 

This Charting Your Spiritual Journey exercise is designed to help you clarify and describe your journey, as your views of cosmic, moral, and spiritual matters have developed over time.

It explores your spiritual origins, present beliefs and challenges, as well as future goals and concerns.

Here are some important points to consider, both before and after you complete the exercise.

Before You Start

Before embarking on this exercise:

  1. Read through all of the questions first. If you need to, sleep on it and give it some thought.

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  2. If you have trouble with words like spirituality, religion, or God, feel free to substitute in other words that have greater meaning to you, like values, worldviews, or a “higher power.”
  3. You can complete the “Charting Your Spiritual Journey” form in one sitting, or across multiple days. Time to complete the exercise will vary depending on the complexity of your spiritual journey, but for most it will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  

Once You’re Finished

After completing the exercise:

  1. Sit with your responses for at least a day. Let it simmer for a while.
  2. After or a day or so, pick it up again and read through it. Does it still ring true to you? Are there an amendments you’d like to make? Maybe there are other important insights or memories that have popped up that you’d like to add?
  3. Once you have answered all of the questions to your satisfaction, take a bigger picture perspective and look for themes and patterns: What does your spiritual past, present, and future suggest about what is most important to you? What direction does it suggest your spiritual life is taking?
  4. If you are generally happy with your spiritual journey and where it’s heading, that’s great! Use this exercise as a springboard to think of new ways you can accomplish your spiritual goals and enlarge and enhance your spiritual life.
  5. If there are aspects of your spiritual journey that bother you, or if you are concerned about the direction your spiritual journey is heading, consider consulting someone that you think of as a moral or spiritual authority. That might be a respected family member, friend, pastor, or therapist. Or it could even be a religious or philosophical thinker from the past.
  6. Both real and imaginary conversations about these topics can be helpful. So, if you are reticent to talk to people about the doubts you are having at this point, it could still be useful exercise to ask yourself: What would the people I respect the most have to say about the dilemma I’m having? What kind of prescription or advice might they offer? Could the problems I’m having be part of a larger spiritual quest?

We hope this exercise has helped you to learn more about yourself and your spiritual journey. We’d love to hear about your experiences, so please let us know what you learned from charting your spiritual journey in the comments section below.

 

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