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20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of the Body

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Kinesthete uses physical movement as a primary mode of learning and experiences subtle emotional and spiritual states of consciousness in various parts of their body. Does your need for physical activity make it difficult to sit still? Do you like to explore and express your spiritual insights through movement? Do you feel subtle emotional [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Contemplation and Meditation

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Contemplative or Meditator is drawn to quiet and solitary introspection and seeks to discover the truth within or through communion with the numinous. Do you long for inner tranquility, focus and insight? Are you comfortable spending considerable time alone in silence? Are you called to discover truth and meaning through deep introspection? This is [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Devotion

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Devotee is naturally loyal and lovingly committed to a job, a relationship, a set of principles, a way of life, a daily routine, a religious teacher, a spiritual tradition or a life goal.  Are you more prone to faith than skepticism? Are you are naturally loyal to a job, a person or a community? [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Imagination

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Dreamer naturally dwells in the imaginary awareness of possibility, intrigued by images arising from the limitless depths of consciousness. Do you have vivid and memorable dreams? Are you drawn to spiritual symbols, icons and imagery? Are you naturally interested in mythological stories and beings? Have you had a rich and vivid imagination since childhood? [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Love & Compassion

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Lover naturally experiences the universality of love and seeks to bring happiness and relief to the suffering of others. Do you have a natural empathy for others? Do you long to create happiness and eliminate suffering? Do you have a naturally kind-hearted feeling toward others? Do you feel embraced by a universal love and [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Nature

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Naturalist is most at ease when surrounded by nature, whether in the forest, the desert, the plains, the mountains, streams, lakes or the oceans of the natural environment, in harmony with all the shared elements of existence. Is your connection with nature sacred? Do you regard nature as your place of worship? Do you [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Reason

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Thinker needs to figure things out and create a reasonable foundation for all aspects of spiritual practice. Do you need a good reason before beginning a spiritual endeavor? Do you like to ponder the universal questions of existence? Do you regard reason as a foundation for a spiritual practice? Do you naturally ask the [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Relationships

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Mentsch learns most naturally and expresses spirituality through compassionate interaction with others, gaining deep satisfaction thereby. Do you gain wisdom primarily through relationship with others? Do you prefer the company of others to solitude? Do you like to help others to learn, solve problems and become happy? Do you enjoy being involved in community [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Wisdom

By |2017-03-13T22:23:08+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Styles|

The Sage embodies the wisdom of a life fully-lived and the truths transmitted by profound wisdom-holders throughout the ages. Do you hope for transcendent insight into the true nature of reality? Do you long for the wisdom to guide your own life and help others? Do you aspire to the wisdom of the Buddha, Christ, [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Existence

By |2017-03-13T22:23:11+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

What is existence? Did existence begin with God? Is there a beginning and end to existence? Does existence evolve and have a purpose? Is the existence of existence dependent on our perception of it? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Freedom

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

What is freedom? Is true freedom possible? How can I be free? Do I have free will and freedom of choice? Can there be freedom without bondage? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be a sample of your writing in the [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of God

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

What is God? Am I created in the image of God? Does God have a gender and a personality? Does God see or even control my life? Is God another name for the unnamable power and mystery of existence? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question. [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Good & Evil

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

What is the meaning of “good.” What is the meaning of “evil.” Can good and evil exist, one without the other? What does it mean to be good? Must I be good to be eternally happy? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Happiness

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

What is happiness? How can I become happy? Is it possible to be happy all the time? Is happiness the same as having fun and enjoyment? Is it possible to be happy while relieving the suffering of others? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question. [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Spirit Beings

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

Are there other intelligent, non-corporeal beings with whom we communicate? Are some spirit beings the messengers of God or benevolent helpers? Can we rely on their messages as being infallibly true? Are spirit beings subjective projections of our own mind? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections of the Question of Suffering

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

What is suffering? Why do we suffer? What is the cause of suffering? Can we eliminate suffering? What is the cure for suffering? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be a sample of your writing in the worksheet on this style. [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Transformation

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

 Do I have the capacity to transform myself into my ideal being? Is my natural state of being pure and enlightened?  Are there limits to my personal potential for mental, spiritual, and physical evolution? What is the greatest possibility for my existence? How should I engage in my own transformative process? This is an opportunity [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Consciousness

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

What is consciousness? What is its potential? Is my consciousness confined to my brain and nervous system? Is my personal conscious connected to a larger, perhaps universal sphere of consciousness? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be a sample of your [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Consciousness

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is consciousness? What is its potential? Is my consciousness confined to my brain and nervous system? Is my personal conscious connected to a larger, perhaps universal sphere of consciousness? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be a sample of your [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Death

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is death? How can I “die before I die” and yet live more fully? When my body dies, is that the end of my existence? How can death be seen as a gift rather than a threat? Is death simply an integral part of my life and continued existence? This is an opportunity for [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Existence

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is existence? Did existence begin with God? Is there a beginning and end to existence? Does existence evolve and have a purpose? Is the existence of existence dependent on our perception of it? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Freedom

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is freedom? Is true freedom possible? How can I be free? Do I have free will and freedom of choice? Can there be freedom without bondage? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be a sample of your writing in the [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of God

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is God? Am I created in the image of God? Does God have a gender and a personality? Does God see or even control my life? Is God another name for the unnamable power and mystery of existence? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual [...]

13 01, 2014

Refections on the Question of Good & Evil

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is the meaning of “good.” What is the meaning of “evil.” Can good and evil exist, one without the other? What does it mean to be good? Must I be good to be eternally happy? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Happiness

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is happiness? How can I become happy? Is it possible to be happy all the time? Is happiness the same as having fun and enjoyment? Is it possible to be happy while relieving the suffering of others? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question. [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Reality

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is real? Does the world exist in the way I perceive it? Is reality dependent on my perception of it? How can I know the true nature of reality? Must I know what is real to become happy and free? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Soul

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is the definition of soul? Is my soul created by God? Do I have a permanent soul that is the basis of my existence? Do I have a soul that is the observer and governor of my mind and body? Is soul the ever-changing consciousness from one life to the next? This is an [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Spirit Beings

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

Are there other intelligent, non-corporeal beings with whom we communicate? Are some spirit beings the messengers of God or benevolent helpers? Can we rely on their messages as being infallibly true? Are spirit beings subjective projections of our own mind? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Suffering

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

What is suffering? Why do we suffer? What is the cause of suffering? Can we eliminate suffering? What is the cure for suffering? This is an opportunity for you to compose and share your reflections on this particular spiritual question.  Your reflections might be a sample of your writing in the worksheet on this style. [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Transformation

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

 Do I have the capacity to transform myself into my ideal being? Is my natural state of being pure and enlightened?  Are there limits to my personal potential for mental, spiritual, and physical evolution? What is the greatest possibility for my existence? How should I engage in my own transformative process? This is an opportunity [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on Way of the Arts

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Artist finds spiritual inspiration, beauty, as well as personal expression through painting, drawing, sculpture, music, dance or poetry. Are you naturally comfortable with the creative or artistic expression? Are there artists and works of art that give expression to your own sense of the spiritual? Does participating in the arts inspire and bring-out the [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of the Body

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Kinesthete uses physical movement as a primary mode of learning and experiences subtle emotional and spiritual states of consciousness in various parts of their body. Does your need for physical activity make it difficult to sit still? Do you like to explore and express your spiritual insights through movement? Do you feel subtle emotional [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Contemplation & Meditation

By |2017-03-13T22:23:12+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Contemplative or Meditator is drawn to quiet and solitary introspection and seeks to discover the truth within or through communion with the numinous. Do you long for inner tranquility, focus and insight? Are you comfortable spending considerable time alone in silence? Are you called to discover truth and meaning through deep introspection? This is [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Devotion

By |2017-03-13T22:23:13+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Devotee is naturally loyal and lovingly committed to a job, a relationship, a set of principles, a way of life, a daily routine, a religious teacher, a spiritual tradition or a life goal.  Are you more prone to faith than skepticism? Are you are naturally loyal to a job, a person or a community? [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Imagination

By |2017-03-13T22:23:13+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Dreamer naturally dwells in the imaginary awareness of possibility, intrigued by images arising from the limitless depths of consciousness. Do you have vivid and memorable dreams? Are you drawn to spiritual symbols, icons and imagery? Are you naturally interested in mythological stories and beings? Have you had a rich and vivid imagination since childhood? [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Love and Compassion

By |2017-03-13T22:23:13+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Lover naturally experiences the universality of love and seeks to bring happiness and relief to the suffering of others. Do you have a natural empathy for others? Do you long to create happiness and eliminate suffering? Do you have a naturally kind-hearted feeling toward others? Do you feel embraced by a universal love and [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of the Mystic

By |2017-03-13T22:23:15+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Mystic naturally feels, intuits, communes with or otherwise experiences the mysteries of the numinous that lie beyond the boundaries of ordinary human perception. Have you had unexplainable experiences of the supernatural? Are you attracted to the possibility of mystical visions and revelations? Have you had paranormal experiences not mediated by your five senses? Are [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Nature

By |2017-03-13T22:23:15+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Naturalist is most at ease when surrounded by nature, whether in the forest, the desert, the plains, the mountains, streams, lakes or the oceans of the natural environment, in harmony with all the shared elements of existence. Is your connection with nature sacred? Do you regard nature as your place of worship? Do you [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Prayer

By |2017-03-13T22:23:15+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Prayer naturally seeks wisdom, guidance, help, strength, healing or forgiveness from a sacred being or divine source whose capabilities supersede those of ordinary human beings. Do you receive a special peace and tranquility when you pray? Do you feel that prayer is an essential part of spiritual practice? Do you have a daily prayer [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Reason

By |2017-03-13T22:23:15+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Thinker needs to figure things out and create a reasonable foundation for all aspects of spiritual practice. Do you need a good reason before beginning a spiritual endeavor? Do you like to ponder the universal questions of existence? Do you regard reason as a foundation for a spiritual practice? Do you naturally ask the [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Relationships

By |2017-03-13T22:23:15+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Mentsch learns most naturally and expresses spirituality through compassionate interaction with others, gaining deep satisfaction thereby. Do you gain wisdom primarily through relationship with others? Do you prefer the company of others to solitude? Do you like to help others to learn, solve problems and become happy? Do you enjoy being involved in community [...]

13 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Wisdom

By |2017-03-13T22:23:15+00:00January 13th, 2014|Post|

The Sage embodies the wisdom of a life fully-lived and the truths transmitted by profound wisdom-holders throughout the ages. Do you long for the wisdom to guide your own life and help others? Do you yearn for transcendent insight into the true nature of reality? Do you aspire to the wisdom of the Buddha, Christ, [...]