How It Works: A Three-Step Narrative
Spiritual Development Process
Stories command our attention, and every individual and organization has a story.
Sensible Spirituality Associates uses a three-step narrative process to co-create a
Sustaining Story which articulates the spirit and soul of the person or organization.
Our first priority is to hear your Founding Story. Through initial interviews, we invite our clients to share their history, experience, and background as they tell their story. This Founding Story points to the spirit or soul of the person. We reflect back to them the principles, values, and practices which shape their spirituality into something sensible.
We then want to hear what's happening in this new moment; this is the Evolving Story. By looking at new developments, people and situations, clients can begin to identify a vision for integration. New questions emerge as inventories of strengths and weaknesses are noted. Participating in relationships and community, building a life of integrity- these are factors which directly affect one's spirit and soul.
Our analysis of the Founding and Evolving Stories brings to light both shared and divergent aspects of what's been heard, and shapes a Sustaining Story of integrity, responsibility, and a renewed sense of soul and purpose. This co-created Sustaining Story can be used to facilitate ongoing integrative change.
The task of the spiritual teacher is to bear witness to the seeker that what the seeker seeks is real.
From the story-telling practices of all the great spiritual traditions, we have refined a narrative methodology which is particularly well-suited to navigating all stages of spiritual development. As Spiritual Care Counselors, we avoid antagonism and arguments about ‘God’ and the relative merits of any particular belief system. As Spiritual Coaches, we help our clients focus on the principles, values, and practices that are part of their own life experience. With this new awareness, they can then begin to articulate and navigate the foundational and evolving stories of their own spiritual journey, and find their sustaining story.