Conscious Leadership as a Spiritual Journey

Article by Margaret Benefiel (May 2019 eNews) What is conscious leadership? When I received the annual Elks leadership award my senior year in high school for my leadership in the Elma Sunshine Makers 4-H Club in Elma, Washington, I thought I knew pretty much everything there was to know about leadership. After all, I had brought the club back from the

What Does a Spiritual Director Actually Do?

It is not unusual, when some asks me what I do, for their next question to be What is a spiritual director? or What does a spiritual director do? Not many kids decide they want to be a spiritual director when they grow up. Most of us have never heard of someone being a spiritual director and we do not

12 Celtic Spiritual Practices

Renew your spiritual life and community worship with these adaptations of ancient Christian practices. Celtic Christian spirituality refers to a set of practices and beliefs in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales that developed in the early fifth century during the development of the monastic tradition. Many of these practices have roots in desert spirituality; Celtic monks considered the teachings of the

Celtic Spirituality – A Beginner’s Guide

Reflections on Celtic Spirituality. I love ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ where all manner of ordinary household items from the ‘there and then’ of years gone by are paraded in the ‘here and now’ of today, explained and valued. There are often huge surprises for people, making me wish I had kept more things handed down from my Grandparents. For younger people

Describing Interspirituality

This post includes several descriptions of “interspirituality.” Interspirituality, at its core, names an experience of the Ultimate Mystery, therefore we can only attempt to describe it, which is in contrast to attempting to define it. You’re invited to read through the different descriptions and connect with any or all of the descriptions that connect with your inner life, open heart,

the “Interspiritual Declaration”

What has become known in common parlance as “The Interspiritual Declaration” includes the various Points of Agreement arising over the last decades from the growing global Interspiritual phenomenon. These are below with the sources of the conferences, associations, organizations and publications that have assembled this consensus over the last number of years.   Points of Agreement The Nine Points of

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is an intimate one-on-one conversation to discover and support your soulful and spiritual aspirations. It differs from therapy in that you are encouraged to seek guidance from your Higher Self or inner divine wisdom. In the relationship of spiritual direction, the goal is to help the client become more aware of the presence and activity of Spirit/Divine/God in

Seven Paths of Spiritual Practice

1. Coming into presence The Means: conscious breath The Result: owning time, “seeing” The Quality Attained: being The Positive Ideals : huzur, spontaneity, ibn al waqt, taqwa, self-awareness Presence is the activation of an inclusive awareness that is simultaneously receptive on all levels, in all directions, witnessing time rather than being coerced by it. Presence is the soul in command. Presence is the realization of the context

The Interspiritual Revolution

How the Occupy Generation Is Re-Envisioning Spirituality “We must all achieve our identity on the basis of a radical authenticity… [for] it is only in the real world of the person – neither singular nor plural – that the crucial factors influencing the course of the universe are at work.” – Raimundo Panikkar, “The Silence of God,” Introduction p. xviii There can be little doubt that traditional religious

A Brief Look at Spiritual Transformation

When children are born they experience complete connection, oneness, with everything around them. The child and mother have a symbiotic relationship which means the child does not perceive itself as different from the mother; the mother and child are one. Over time a child begins to develop a sense of self. The child’s experience is “oh no, I am me

Interspirituality and the Nine Elements of a Universal Spirituality

Wayne Teasdale writes: Spirituality, in its interspiritual manifestation, is a vision of the spiritual life nourished by other schools of spirituality, mysticism, and contemplation, integrated with a person’s own tradition, if indeed the person is fortunate enough to have one. Interspirituality in this sense represents a spaciousness of being in the conduct of spiritual life, in the human search called


Mirroring Contemplative knowing intuits things in their wholeness, with all levels of connection and meaning, and perhaps how they fit in the full scheme of things. Thus, the contemplative response to the moment is always appreciation and inherent re-spect (“to look at a second time”) because I am now a part of what I am trying to see. Our first practical and


Lectio Divina offers a simple and comprehensive practice of praying the scripture that leads gradually and steadily from the mind to the heart, and from cataphatic processing modes to apophatic opening. The stages of Lectio Divina are typically taught to beginners as linear steps. As one progresses with more experience, the steps become stages like points on a compass that

Intro – Head Center

If taken seriously and used responsibly, the Enneagram is a tool that can help us move from dualistic thinking to nondual consciousness. It helps us recognize and forgive the paradoxes that we all carry, what we might call our “sins.” The Enneagram shows us how we continually do things we don’t want to do (our fixations, passions, and patterns) and

Intro – Heart Center

In traditional Christian teaching, Thomas Aquinas and other scholastic philosophers said that people normally do not consciously choose evil, but they choose something that appears good inside of their framework. We have to expose our frame of reference early on if our spiritual journey is to go anywhere. Our egos naturally put together a construct that explains why the things we’re doing