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Title: Spiritual Development


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Spiritual Development
William G. Huitt
Valdosta State University
Last Revised June 2003
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Definition
  • Inherent property of the human being
  • Meaningfulness of our lives and our
    relationships to
  • ourselves
  • to others
  • to nature
  • to a higher power (or to the unknowns of the
    universe)

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Source of Spirituality
  • Naturalism

Brain
  • Pantheism

Universe is expression of God
  • Theism

Non-material soul created by God
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Benefits of Spirituality
  • Improved physical health, including blood
    pressure
  • Healthier lifestyles and less risky behavior
  • Improved coping ability
  • Less depression
  • Faster healing
  • Lower levels of bereavement after the death of a
    loved one
  • A decrease in fear of death
  • Higher school achievement

5
Liability for Lack of Spirituality
  • Overeating
  • Risky behavior
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor health

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Spirituality-Related Questions
  • Who are we as human beings? Where did we come
    from?
  • Where did the universe come from? What are its
    origins?
  • Are we in control of our lives or is our
    destination a result of fate?
  • Is there a God (in whatever way we define or
    know a Supreme Being)?
  • What is our relationship to God or the Creator,
    if there is one?
  • Is there a continuity of life after this life?
    If so, what is it like?
  • How can we increase meaning in our lives, in
    general, and my life, in particular?

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Relating To Self
  • Signature Strengths http//www.authentichappines
    s.org/
  • Index to Learning Style
    http//www.ncsu.edu/felder-public/ILSdir/ilsweb.ht
    ml
  • Jung Typology Personality Test
    http//www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
  • Classical Intelligence Test (2nd Rev.)
    http//www.queendom.com/tests/iq/classical_iq_r2_a
    ccess.html
  • Emotional Intelligence Assessment
    http//etesting.modwest.com/tests.php?test2
  • Becoming A Brilliant Star http//chiron.valdosta.
    edu/whuitt/brilstar/BrilStaract.pdf

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Pathways To The Soul
  • Creative Drive
  • Need for Initiation
  • Urge of Transcendence
  • Hunger for Joy and Delight
  • Yearning for Deep Connection
  • Longing for Silence and Solitude
  • Search for Meaning and Purpose

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Stages of Faith
0. Undifferentiated Faith
I. Intuitive-Projective Faith
II. Mythic-Literal
III. Synthetic-Conventional
IV. Individuative-Reflective
V. Conjunctive
VI. Universalizing Faith
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Activities
  • Create conducive environment -- Save, secure,
    supportive
  • Maintain neutrality between secular and religious
    and among religions
  • Any activity that allows students to gain
    meaningful insights regarding self, others,
    nature, God or universal unknowns
  • Provide variety of activities using Kesslers
    Pathways as a guideline

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