Spiritual Leadership

1. Introduction: Spiritual Leadership in Our Time
2. Spiritual Ecology
3. Ecological Leadership: the Process
4. Role of Religions in this time of ecological crisis
5. Spirituality of Earth
6. Soul Power: An Agenda for a Conscious Humanity
7. From Me to We
8. Reflections and sharing on Spiritual Leadership


1. INTRODUCTION:SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP IN OUR TIME

In 1986-1987 I had the opportunity for an intense training at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago, USA.  Tihis comprehensive program was a good foundation to help people to make sense of the world they live in and to find their spiritual growth path. It was very much based on the Christian Biblical tradition and the developments of personal growth and spiritual healing.  It was still years before the context of our lives, the present ecological crisis, was a common understanding.  Yet this professional training in spiritual direction and guidance is a solid foundation for my work up to today.

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2. SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY

Spiritual Ecology : exploration of the spiritual dimension of our present ecological crisis
In the book Spiritual Ecology, The Cry of the Earth Llewellyn Vaughan- Lee a Buddhist Earth mystic explains the spiritual dimension of the ecological crisis. I share my insights with you. And I have been so grateful for the great clarity and depth   I found  because of this very clear article in The Cry of the Earth.

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3. ECOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP: THE PROCESS

In a number of modules I have gathered many insights, learnings and practical experiences from the time of my own “awakening” ( 1990)  to the Ecological Crisis and the Spiritual Mission of our Time, my learning experiences in Genesis Farm in 1998, the many learnings during the time that I started and developed in De Gaarde, The Netherlands, (a learning centre for Eco-spirituality, 1999-2009), and the years of travelling mostly in S.E. Asia and lately in East Africa for coaching in ecological awareness and ecological leadership. Also from my about thirty years as spiritual director and (psycho-) therapeutic worker.

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4. THE ROLE OF RELIGIONS IN THIS TIME OF ECOLOGICAL CRISIS

You will now be introduced to the visions expressed in the book of the theologian Mary Everlyn Tucker; Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase. She has been working together with Thomas Berry for many years. A small excerpt and entry of her book.

“Religions have historically served as a means of channeling the hopes and aspirations of humans toward a larger vision of their place and purpose. Now religions are challenged to provide a more comprehensive perspective for situating human life in relation to a finite planet. The renewing energies that ground and dynamize the human spirit must be brought forward. For millennia, these energies have provided the spiritual orientations of the world’s civilizations and cultures.

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5. THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE EARTH

“The spirituality of the Earth refers to a quality of the Earth itself, not a human spirituality with special reference to Planet Earth. Earth is the maternal principle out of which we are born and from which we derive all that we are and all that we have.

We came into being in and through the Earth. Simply put, we are Earthlings. The Earth is our origin, our nourishment, our educator, our healer, our fulfilment. At its core, even our spirituality is Earth derived.

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6. SOUL POWER: AN AGENDA FOR CONSCIOUS HUMANITY

We live in an extraordinary age – an age of both mortal danger and unprecedented opportunity, if only we can understand what’s happening and why. Our capacity for destruction, both military and environmental, is vastly greater today than it was half a century ago, and will be greater still tomorrow.

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7. FROM ME TO WE

Scilla Elworthy explains why she believes the soul is central to the future of humanity

“W hen I asked the audience recently at a Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing how many of them believed we have a soul, about 95% replied affirmatively, while the others seemed undecided – hands went up, and then down again, and then up.

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8. FOR YOUR REFLECTIONS AND SHARINGS ON SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP

  • What has struck you in the articles of this topic? Do you agree that our time needs a new type of spiritual leadership? And if so, indicate why. Questions?
  • Put in your own words why the ecological crisis is not just an environmental crisis, but a crisis of humanity and the soul.
  • After reading and reflecting on the articles about Soulpower and From Me to we: do you agree that the future of humanity is a question of the soul and not only a matter of the right action?
  • Describe with your own words how you can grow and take steps to a more soulfull life as a source of strength for living through the present crisis?
  • What kind of guidance do we need in this time of deep crisis? Where can you find it, have you found it?
  • Can you see yourself as a spiritual guide for our time?

That I may there fore bring joy to the Soul of Creation
Divine Songs of Zoroaster

 

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