7 Principles for Integrated Spirituality.

Via on Feb 2, 2012

Integrated Spirituality Principle #1:

There is not a single myth that was ever literally true – mythology is a powerfully metaphorical language, that offers up it’s gifts to those who learn to think symbolically.

Integrated Spirituality Principle # 2:

No-one has ever had real magical powers, this is not the purpose of spirituality. Those who claim magical powers are charlatans who are lying to you and seek to have power over your mind.

Integrated Spirituality Principle #3:

Spiritual practice makes us more fluent in the language of the inner life, which is where meaningful transformation, healing and insight arises. Being mindfully present with our emotions, thoughts, memories, longings, sensations is a journey into deeper self awareness, heart awakening and embodied liberation.

Integrated Spirituality Principle #4:

Trying to pretend everything is always ok, perfect and divine is the antithesis of spiritual inquiry. By cultivating awareness and compassion, spiritual practice enables us to face the shadow material of life: suffering, injustice, trauma and death with more honesty and courage.

Integrated Spirituality Principle #5:

Grounded spiritual practice invites us on an “in the body” experience. we are literally retraining the nervous and endocrine systems and activating the brain’s capacity for neuroplasticity. We are also observing how the mind lives in the body and how emotional tension patterns tell the story of our lives.

Integrated Spirituality Principle #6:

Spirituality has stages in its development. The more invested we are in defending faith-based belief against honest inquiry, the more we will stay stuck in a certain stage and not continue growing. The stage of spiritual growth that is becoming possible now requires an open-ness to science and psychology and a letting go of outdated superstitious beliefs.

Integrated Spirituality Principle #7:

When we are open to beauty, love, pleasure, reason and wonder we find that the natural world and our relationships with one another are infinitely more spiritually satisfying and meaningful than the misguided emphasis on anything supernatural.

 

If you are interested in a model of spirituality that is rooted in these principles and much more, please visit my website. I teach ongoing yoga classes, a workshop series on the chakra system as a way of understanding and experiencing mind-body process, have developed something called Open Sky Bodywork, lead retreats and have a teacher training with Hala Khouri called Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind.

About Julian Walker

Julian Walker is the founder of http://www.yogateachergradschool.com/ where he supports new and established yoga teachers in living their dreams through business development. He is a writer who has been teaching yoga since 1994, and co-teaches the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind Yoga Teacher Training in LA with Hala Khouri.Julian's writing is featured in the book 21st Century Yoga available on Amazon.com. www.julianwalkeryoga.com

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16 Responses to “7 Principles for Integrated Spirituality.”

  1. Dearbhla Kelly Dearbhla says:

    Beautiful Julian – concise, elegant and right to the point.
    Bravo!

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  3. Sebastian Stark says:

    I am totally allright with this, good one, Even if its minor, I would add one little thing, the magical power section is problematic. If someone like Sai baba uses "magic" to convince people it must be a fraud, as the whole persuasion is a magcial one from the start. But some people just have something like spontaneus natural intelligene, or extremely intensified capacities to see and understand others or whole groups, which can be perceived as "extra-powers" from the outside, while being natural phenomena. This is the idstinction of magic and subtle realms. This is of mild importance, because new capacities ike mutual transperency or intensive intuition or healing capacities make some sense. I would also add to 6 and 7, that that in an integrated spirituality, evolution has meaning, meaning that there is always space for creativity and play. And I would add some point about mateure ideas of responsibility, balancing sobriety and an evolutionary yes. Besides that, yes to all of this.

  4. Karl Saliter Karl Saliter says:

    Misgivings on your self-plug at the end, but a strong enough article that I posted to Elephant Spirituality facebook page. Well done.

  5. Hector V. Barrientos-Bullock Harleigh Quinn says:

    My favorite line (as it illustrates what has actually been happening in spiritual practice today) :

    Integrated Spirituality Principle #6:

    Spirituality has stages in its development. The more invested we are in defending faith-based belief against honest inquiry, the more we will stay stuck in a certain stage and not continue growing. The stage of spiritual growth that is becoming possible now requires an open-ness to science and psychology and a letting go of outdated superstitious beliefs.

    Thank you most graciously for this post.

  6. __MikeG__ says:

    Great post, Julian

  7. Another favorite line :

    "Integrated Spirituality Principle #4:

    Trying to pretend everything is always ok, perfect and divine is the antithesis of spiritual inquiry. By cultivating awareness and compassion, spiritual practice enables us to face the shadow material of life: suffering, injustice, trauma and death with more honesty and courage."

    This has become pandemic in the New Age spiritual community. It goes hand in hand with my other favorite quote listed above.
    It is a symptom of the "three masks", which I will be mentioning in an upcoming article, from an interview I had with someone whom attended the Barbara Brennan school in florida.

    Again, thank you for this article. It nicely speaks to what I have bluntly been attempting to bring attention to, which is that what is being passed off as spirituality these days (more for appearance then actual practice) is not what true spirituality is.

  8. doug says:

    An unexamined SHADOW is a shadow that controls us unconsciously. The unconscious shadows in the New Age, Yoga and Hindu movements are in evidence by the fact that we in these communities spend so very little time examining our own shadows, unconscious beliefs, assumptions and tendencies. Our unquestioned beliefs make us no better than any other sort of fundamentalist.

    But, Julian, I appreciate that you are willing to consistently call our attention to these shadows. Thanks for another good article. More power to you!

  9. guest says:

    thank you for this intelligent and level-headed take on spirituality. our world needs less woo pseudo-science and more of this.

  10. brandon says:

    I recommend reading “Integral Spirituality” by Ken Wilber for a more in depth look at this subject.

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