‘Nondenominational spiritual psychology’ includes God, faith, and a greater spiritual awareness in the understanding of our psychological experience.
How we view the world determines how we experience the world. This raises the question as to what happens “psychologically” when spiritual belief and commitment become the cornerstone of a person’s life?
‘Nondenominational spiritual psychology’ is a different “spiritual” approach to guiding our lives and finding meaning, fulfilling relationships, and a sense of personal worth. This goes beyond any religious orientation or belief system. Rather, there is an existential awareness - a way of being in the world - based on the core spiritual principles that are found in almost all belief systems in some form. Certainly the world’s religions create contradictory, even warring beliefs among their members. Yet, on a deeper level, there are similar perceptions, values, and reactions among those who try to live the “higher” principles, no matter what their cultural background or belief system.
The most essential spiritual principle is a belief in God or a spiritual unity beyond the self. Spiritually committed people look towards their relationship with the Higher Power as central. Beyond abstract belief, this connection to God is dynamic, personal, and experiential. In translating “higher” level values into day-to-day living, there are the ideals of service to God - and that others are approached as spiritual brothers and sisters. There is also the assumption that we will be led in the direction of our greatest good, although this may contradict our psychological desires.
Spiritually committed people clearly experience the world and themselves differently. There may be unusual perceptions and feelings beyond typical psychological emotions. There is also an inherently meaningful worldview, a directive towards purposeful living and learning. Leaving behind insatiable narcissistic agendas and the myopic focus on self-esteem, the individual grows into an identity, based in faith, authenticity, and service. Spiritually committed people also begin to seek and relate to the "soul" in others. This can lead to new avenues of meaningful connection, more solid relationships, and the sense of existing within a supportive web of spiritual bonds.
Of course, spiritually committed individuals experience negative emotions and react to obstacles like everyone else, although their spiritual awareness can offer unique coping strategies for dealing with difficulties. Often the spiritually committed person may seem to be existing on two levels at once. No matter how deep the spiritual conviction, as human beings, we live our lives through the prism of our psychological experience. ‘Nondenominational spiritual psychology’ also addresses the unique challenges that such conviction brings in navigating the realities of daily life.
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Nondenominational Spiritual Psychology