On spirituality

For much of my adult life, I have looked for a bridge between psychology and spirituality. Jesuit teachers had encouraged me to think and so, when I began study at Indiana University (a “secular” school!), I began a journey that continues to this day.

It helped when I learned of the Alcoholics Anonymous distinction between religion and spirituality. This was a revelation! To that point, I’d assumed they were the same. AA thinkers argued otherwise. As I read their thoughts, I was reminded of the words of my deep-thinking son Andrew who at age 8 had said “All religions are just opinions, aren’t they, Dad?”

Indeed they are, Andrew! Opinions about the big questions in life. What if anything happens when we die? Who or what is God? Why are we here? And the really big one — why do we suffer?

So I invite you to join with me as we search for that bridge. A bridge made of psyche and spirit. A bridge not dependent upon religion.

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I am a clinical psychologist and have an abiding interest in matters spiritual.
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4 Responses to On spirituality

  1. Rose Mathews says:

    My middle child said to me, “All religions have some problems. There is not one religion out there that is the “true” faith.” I smiled remembering my Catholic upbringing, in the late 50s and 60s.

  2. Rose Mathews says:

    I certainly will! We have some very interesting conversations!

  3. rick azar says:

    Hey Richard!

    So glad to get your letter! I am in tax season right now, and cannot yet really give your wonderful website the time it deserves…..i plan on reading it much closer and trying to add my two cents.
    Im not sure I even know all the bells and whistles on this website, but i should be able to navigate.

    see you soon


    Rick Azar

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