STEPS is a collection of activities that promote spiritual growth. They were all written out of lived experience, and none is merely theoretical. Indeed, they are very personal, and there is even a…
To My Beloved ________________,
I wrote one of these steps especially for you. I very much hope you will find it . . . and that it will do you some good. Each Step is only a step, only a little bit forward in the right direction. We hope that at least some of these STEPS will open for you new areas of excitement, energy, and maybe even wisdom. You might even have an idea about how we can further explore that area together. If so, please click Contact Us and share your awareness.
Our big hope for this website is that it will help form a spiritual community of folks who are committed to both their own spiritual growth and also the spiritual growth of others. An ambitious goal, to be sure, but possible – if you decide to jump in and be part of it.
The first Step, “Introduction,” is a primer for all the others. . . . Our SWSTeam has chosen three additional Steps for you to read. They have been posted on the Home page. You may have found them already. If not, just go there now and choose one or all three to sample what the Steps are all about.
Read a quick summary of the Steps’ contents by clicking on Steps Contents.
They are all organized in the same five parts. If you find the STEPS helpful, you may want to write your own. Just follow the five step outline and submit your suggestion through the Contact Us link.
Here is that “Introduction,” written in the five-part pattern.
This resource is meant to be used, not merely read. As much as possible, we want to create a spiritual learning community that actually increases our spiritual maturity..
Just Do It
Skim as much as you like in your first exploration. As soon as you read instructions to do something, stop and consider. If you’re ready to get serious about the topic being discussed, slow down and actually follow the instructions. If you don’t want to do the suggested activity, leave that section and look elsewhere until you find your way to an activity that does fully capture your attention.
We rush through the Beginning
Breaking It Down
Two major divisions make up this resource. STEPS is a collection of 500-1000-word “steps.” All the STEPS are intended to promote spiritual growth, and each is divided into five sections.
“The Essence” tells the heart of the learning in one or two sentences.
“Just Do It” presents an activity that seeks active participation from the learner. Folks who simply read “Just Do It” will surely miss much potential benefit.
“Imagine That” explores the interface of spirit and imagination, with particular attention to the topic being considered.
“Breaking It Down” explores the topic in ordinary every-day language.
“What’s Next?” seeks real-life applications in the hope that the learning will produce lasting spiritual benefit.
This section is the part of each step that requires your greatest energy and attention. No matter how much help we get from others, after all, the basic responsibility for growing our own spirits belongs to each individual on the journey. Get creative, and run some experiments. Share with others (both virtually here on the website and actually in your own life) what you are doing as you work and play your way through the STEPS.
We hope the answer to the question “What’s Next?” will be your joining the spiritual community that is being formed around this resource. We hope you will come as you are, take what is good for you, and share with the rest of the community the grace and truth you have. Truly, it is blessed both to give and to receive. We hope you will do both as you engage with this resource and participate in this community.
What’s Next for Us?
We built this website to connect persons with their spiritual selves and also with each other in community. So far, the conversation has been all one-way. So . . .
If you have an insight that would help others deal with the topic, share it. Go to Contact Us If you have an idea for us to build on these materials together, share it. Go to Contact Us