Tantra ii macumba - College of Inner Awareness, Metaphysical Studies and.

According to the philologist Max Müller in the 19th century, the root of the English word religion, the Latin religio , was originally used to mean only reverence for God or the gods, careful pondering of divine things, piety (which Cicero further derived to mean diligence). [29] [30] Max Müller characterized many other cultures around the world, including Egypt, Persia, and India, as having a similar power structure at this point in history. What is called ancient religion today, they would have only called law. [31]

There is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion . It may be defined as a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world views ...

METAPHYSICS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM (TH-101/501/ Credit Hours): A new wave of awareness is rising. As it sweeps across time, it is stirring up the useless debris that has collected in our consciousness. Old patterns of thinking and being, for so long useless and limiting, are being stripped from humanity so that a clear, fresh, spiritual viewpoint may become the foundation for an enlightening age. In this 11-lesson course, you will discover how you can control your own world in the midst of chaos and confusion. The course includes: The Future; Reprogramming The Computer; Techniques for Reprogramming; Meditation, Meditation Techniques; The Spiritual Teachers; Becoming Enlightened; Our Personal Universe; Loving Yourself/Loving Others; and Thankfulness. SPIRITUAL CENTER LEADERSHIP (TH-102/ Credit Hours): Have you volunteered to lead a committee in your church? Have you been asked to serve as a lay leader in your spiritual center? Do you feel equal to the task or do you wonder what to do and how to begin? This 9-lesson course can help you to learn how to begin, and how to recognize others who can help. You will learn to see the leadership characteristics you bring to the task and spot effective characteristics among your colleagues. You will understand the importance of taking risks, how to become comfortable with the many roles of leadership, gain a willingness to test yourself, how to ask for and receive honest feedback and the importance of enabling growth in yourself and others. Included: What do I do?; Spotting and Using Natural Leaders; Characteristics of Effective Leaders; Risk Taking as a Leadership Role; When it is Appropriate to be a Leader; Honest Feedback; and Leading in a Change Process. THE SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO ANGER (TH-103/ SEMESTER Credit Hours): The purpose of this course is to assist people in learning how to evaluate, understand, and effectively express and create openness to anger. This 6-lesson course explores the psychology, the ethical considerations, and practical ways of dealing with anger and proposes a theology of anger that. The course identifies ways that anger can be harmful and ways it can provide an impetus for constructive action. A three-step technique for evaluating and expressing anger is presented. Part 1 explores the dynamics, complexity, psychological experience of anger at the beginning of life and the psychology of anger throughout the life cycle. Part 2 presents a theology of anger based largely on biblical revelation, the wrath of God, and the Bible's teaching on human anger. Part 3 returns to the theological question raised in the first lesson: How can people of faith find ways to understand and use their anger as a gift of God and avoid expressions of anger that are negative or destructive. CAREGIVING FOR THE SPIRITUAL PRACTITIONER (TH-104/3 Credit Hours): This 18-Lesson course describes what makes spiritual caregiving distinctive, explains how that distinctive caregiving can become a way of life for individual people, and functions as a how-to manual. It is a resource for people who wonder, "What difference does my spirituality make in the caring and relating I do?" The first nine lessons should be studied before continuing on the rest of the course. The intent is to use the insights and skills addressed in the first nine lessons so that one might be a more effective caregiver to people who experience one of the hurting situations described in lessons ten through fifteen. The last three lessons are designed so that the basic skills developed in the first nine lessons might be utilized in caring for a person who has a hurt, struggle, or concern not addressed in the course. Lesson 16 serves as a guide for a training or support group. Lessons 17 and 18 focus on the results of spiritual caregiving and the resource of spiritual hope that our work comes from and rests securely in God now and in the future. THE SPIRITUAL PRACTITIONER'S APPROACH TO GRIEF AND DEATH (TH-105/ Credit Hours): Grief is a natural part of life, yet no one is ever completely prepared to deal with it. The experiences of heartache, pain, disappointment, and loss can leave even the strongest of us devastated and searching for an anchor – for shelter from these storms of life. No magic formulas or simple platitudes can make up for the loss of a loved one. Yet, if the spiritual practitioner can understand that each day brings new light and hope, we can help others make it through the long, lonely nights. This 14-lesson course has been developed to equip spiritual practitioners with the information they need to support and facilitate grief situations. First it describes the grief process; it then moves into the healing processes involved. We then move into specific areas such as loosing a mate, the grief of children, and the death of a child, suicide and forgiveness for those who have caused a death, in the conclusion we deal visiting and listening to the bereaved. As an aid to caregivers we have included pastoral after care and dealing with suicide as appendices. Throughout the course we urge the practitioner to turn to God for strength in order to help our constituents to learn to live again the morning light. A HISTORICAL AND THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE NEW AGE (TH-106/ Credit Hours): Now for the first time a complete and informative perspective on the New Age, it's history and it's spirituality. Politics, power and economics are being decentralized; Individuals and society are searching for a personal God and are taking more responsibility. There is a heightened moral and ethical pressure on our corporate and political leaders, more and more countries are becoming aware of the cost of environmental degradation. This is a period of change. It need not be a time of destruction; but instead a time of creation. It is up to each individual. We must be the teachers of this new era, and foster the highest good. Included in this 17-lesson course: A Historical Perspective on the New Age; What's a Paradigm and Paradigm Shift?; Spirituality versus Religion; New Age Mysticism; Global Spirituality; The Capacities of a Universal Spirituality; Alternative Religious Movements; Spiritual Balance; What is the New Age; New Age Theology; Spiritual Philosophy of the New Age; Cultural Creatives; Planetary Consciousness. SMALL GROUP - YOUTH MINISTRY MANUAL (TH-107/ Credit Hours): Running a youth ministry is tough - but you can be tougher. Your small group can accomplish big things in the lives of teenagers. This 24-lesson confidence-building reference is for all youth workers and spiritual practitioners. It is divided into four sections of lively, no frills, straight to the point style - perfect for volunteer group leaders, or for youth ministers. Included: How to put small groups together; Discovering outreach ideas that work; How not to lead a small group; Organizing your work life so you enjoy it; How to start a discussion - and keep it going; Teenagers/Television; How to ask questions that get responses; Teenage Drug Use; How to work with different personalities; Teenage Alcoholism; Molding your group into a spiritual community; Teenage Dating; Recruiting/hanging on to great workers; Teenage Pregnancy; Working/ involving parents; Teenagers/Abortion; Keeping your personal life in balance; Teenage Depression/Suicide; Getting thru to teenagers in ways that matter; Teenage Crime/Violence. And an exhaustive 55-page reference guide for teenage emotional issues and challenges and a complete index of medications and treatments for teenage emotional and mental disorders. And everything is organized in a table of contents that makes it easy to find exactly the help you need - fast. YOUTH MINISTRY FOR THE SPIRITUAL PRACTITIONER (TH-108/ Credit Hours): This 14-lesson course is written for anyone interested in competence in youth ministry. It is primarily addressed to a congregation's youth ministry representative, the unpaid member of the congregation who is responsible for overseeing youth ministry on behalf of the congregation. It is written to assist people in establishing a congregationally owned, indigenous youth ministry in their church or center. Included are the five fundamental questions facing those ministering to youth. They are: Youth ministry - What is it? Youth - Who are they? Youth ministry - How will we do it? Youth ministry - Who will do it? Youth ministry - What will we do? However, this is not only a theoretical inquiry into the nature of youth ministry. These questions are designed to be chronologically and systematically taken up as a congregation constructs or reconstructs its youth ministry. This course could become a guide for renewing youth ministry in a congregation over a period of one to three years. THE ETHICS, MORALS, AND LEGALITIES OF PASTORAL CARE (TH-109/ Credit Hours): To some it may seem strange that we publish a course on the ethics, morals, and legalities of pastoral care. We do not mean to imply that those in spiritual community do not have a sense of values and do not act ethically. The decision to focus on this competency did not arise from an assessment of absence of ethics but rather from the belief that spiritual practitioners and ministers in the New Age and New Thought spiritual communities have a need to deepen their understanding of pastoral ethics since their ministries are taking them into areas of pastoral care that were previously off-limits to all but the mainstream religious community. Included: History and traditions of Christian, Jewish Pastoral Care; History and traditions of new spiritual movements; Professional ethics in Pastoral Care; Character ethics and Pastoral Care; Legal dimensions of Pastoral Care and Counseling; Covenant, Contract, Commitment, Confidentiality; Trust in pastoral relationships; Moral development and dilemmas; Family ethics; Sexual ethics. CREATING AN ETHICAL SPIRITUAL CONGREGATION (TH-110/ Credit Hours): This 6-lesson course will be of invaluable help to pastors, theologians, and laity who are committed to helping congregations respond to the huge challenges and changes we are experiencing in the world and the spiritual and religious communities. We try to redefine growth, and with it the definition of success. We have included justice, pastoral care, and spirituality in this vision of spiritual center growth. In lesson one we describe congregations and the complex ways they lived their lives; the model we use tries to make some order of the complexity. In lessons two through five we focus on four different ways all congregations are called to growth: in numbers, in maturity of belief, in corporate effectiveness, and in transforming the outside world. Lesson six sketches the difference between spiritual and religious thinking and calls ministers and leaders of the spiritual community to strive for integrity rather than numbers. Appendix one, a Growth Grid Study Framework is a valuable means of evaluating a spiritual center's patterns of numerical, maturational, organic, and incarnational growth. INTRODUCTION TO INNER SPIRITUALITY (TH-111/ CH): (CIAMSS and NAMI spiritual philosophy) Spiritual growth is an identification process as the self-conscious you come to recognize as your Inner Spirituality. In the absolute realm the One Power and One Presence declares, as was revealed to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” We, who are the individuated spirits of God, cannot fully comprehend God through personal awareness. In our more enlightened states of consciousness we do know as did John, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” The master key to unlock the doors of inner perception, open all the inner faculties, is spiritual insight. This course is devoted to the encouragement of insight in others, through meditation, through recognizing insight in itself, and through developing the “divine knack” of letting in sights happen. There is a creative process that no teaching or religion can ever systematize or formalize, which is why the best creed cannot guarantee answered prayer. Included: Inspiration from your Inner Spirituality; Insights from Scriptural contemplation; Insights of health, healing, and well being; Insights intimate, personal and universal; Insights for affirmative and creative living; Insights of physics and metaphysics; Insights of time, eternity and identity. VISITATION MINISTRY FOR THE SPIRITUAL PRACTITIONER (TH-112/ CH): This 16-lesson course is filled with practical information to help you through the visiting process. It will offer you the confidence you need to go beyond your comfort zone and help those who need your presence and when death occurs, the families who are grieving. It will take you through all types of visits: hospital, nursing home, hospices, or homes. All of those who minister to the critically and terminally ill will appreciate the suggestions given. The course also covers the duties of a spiritual caregiver in assisting the ill and their families in how to make decisions concerning the choice of an out-of-home-care facility, legal assistance, patient’s rights, preparation for death, and what to do when death does occur. Accompanying the lessons the reader will find appendices on: A caregiver’s guide to helping families cope with death and dying; End-of-life decision making; Durable Powers of Attorney and Revocable Living Trusts; Legal planning for incapacity; Finding an attorney; Hiring in-home help; Resource guide of support groups; A Living Will; Where to find my important papers; Designation of Health Care Surrogate. FUNDAMENTALS OF INNER SPIRITUALITY (TH-113/ CH) – Formerly SA-106: (CIAMSS and NAMI spiritual philosophy) This 14 lesson course opens a door. The key to unlock it was fashioned by many people and many books, and it will take many more to fully explore the vast vistas that lie behind it. It is designed to "bridge the gap" between orthodox, main-stream religion and the New Age/New Thought philosophy of Inner Spirituality. The course includes: The theology of Inner Spirituality; Introduction to Inner Spirituality; Your mind and how it works; Thought and its power; The focus of attention; Why humanity’s mind is creative; The sense of authority. TOP

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