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20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Way of Reason

By | January 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 | January 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 | January 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 | January 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 | January 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 | January 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 | January 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 | January 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 Reality

By | January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

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 [...]

20 01, 2014

Reflections on the Question of Soul

By | January 20th, 2014|Mandala Process: Questions|

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 [...]