This e-course was originally offered in 2010. Understanding the importance of continually refining ourselves to meet today's challenges, we decided to create this 2019 edition with an online Practice Circle. You will find many kindred spirits there with whom to share your experiences and reflections.
You are welcome to sign up for this e-course any time before the last day, January 27. After you do, you will find in your account an archive of the sessions covered so far, and you can read them online or resend them to yourself.
Here is the description of what you will receive through emails delivered daily.
In your day, you've probably made a lot of resolutions — large and lofty goals covering all aspects of your life — and then watched them fall to the wayside one by one. Perhaps you've written spiritual aspirations for the future or set an intention at the beginning of a new project . . . and you've missed the mark on these, too, as old habits, addictions, fixed ideas, and other resistances have blocked the road ahead. So how do you change your life?
Change is a fundamental premise and promise of the spiritual life. As Sam Keen put it: "The great metaphors from all spiritual traditions — grace, liberation, being born again, awakening from illusions — testify that it is possible to transcend the conditioning of the past and do a new thing."
Sometimes this transformation is dramatic, but more often it comes through small steps. We shift our perspective, for example, and those irksome resistances become pointers to where we need to work. Our challenges become our coaches in perseverance. We seek advice and learn from the experiences of great spiritual teachers about other approaches. What are the best catalysts for change? Daily, simple, and consistent spiritual practices.
Recovery programs say that it takes three weeks to break a habit or start a new practice. So here is a 21-day journey on the path of change. Each day you will receive an email with a short reading from a spiritual teacher and a spiritual practice to do to help you firm up your resolve and make small steps for change. You will also receive access to the Practice Circle, a forum open 24/7 so that participants around the world can share their experience with and reflections about this e-course.
(3 CEHs for Chaplains available.)