Are You a Person of Spirit? Six Capacities of Our Human Spirits

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ARE YOU A PERSON OF SPIRIT?
SIX CAPACITIES OF OUR HUMAN SPIRITS

Name of facilitator:

James Park

E-mail:

[email protected]
(612) 871-7275

course description:

Shorter and longer course descriptions will be found here:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/D-SPIRIT.html

Being together with other persons of spirit
can help us to tune-in to our higher capacities.
In the first meeting we will attempt to define and distinguish these four dimensions of our selves:

(1) our physical dimension
(given by our genes);

(2) our emotional-psychological dimension
(learned since birth);

(3) our intellectual dimension
(characterized by words, verbal learning);

(4) our spiritual dimension
(beyond body, heart, and mind;
manifest in the following 6 capacities).

Our human spirits show themselves in these six phenomena:

(1) self-transcendence, self-criticism, and altruism;

(2) freedom—our ability to shape our own lives;

(3) creativity—our ability to bring something new into being;

(4) love—which opens us to encountering others as Thou;

(5) anxiety—which puts us in touch with our underlying Malaise;

(6) joy and fulfillment—opening to living beyond angst and despair.

Because the life of our spirits is so fragile,
it is very easy to ignore the budding of our spirits,
so that our spiritual life dries up and disappears.
If we want our spirits to grow, we must prize and nurture whatever inkling of spirit we have
rather than dismissing and forgetting these capacities
because they lack immediate practical value.

Each week we will explore two dimensions of our spirits
by responding to two on-line essays.

All 8 are linked from the following URL:

http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/C-SPIRIT.html

First week:

1. Beyond the Life of the Body, the 'Heart', and the Mind .
2. Ways to Expand Our Spirits .

Second week:

3. Self-Transcendence, Self-Criticism, and Altruism .
4. Freedom: Transcending Enculturation and Choosing for Ourselves .

Third week:

5. Creativity: Making Something Genuinely New .
6. Love: The I-Thou Encounter, Discovering Other Persons of Spirit .

Fourth week:

7. The Disclosure of Existential Anxiety and other Manifestations of Our Existential Predicament .
8. Glimpses of Joy and Fulfillment .

There is also a printed resource for this seminar:
Spirituality for Humanists:
Six Capacities of Our Human Spirits
.
This 24- page book is available free of charge on the Internet.
You may down-load and/or print-out this book for your personal use.
If you would like to have a printed and bound copy,
that will costs you only $1 or $2,
depending on the format you choose.
These will be available for purchase in class.
Each chapter of the printed book
corresponds closely with an on-line essay above.

We must take time to let our spirits breathe.
Perhaps in dialog with other sensitive persons in spiritual quest,
we can become better attuned to our inward lives
and stimulate our spirits to grow.

Would you like to meet some kindred spirits?
Would you like to expand your circle of friends
to include other persons who are seeking to deepen their lives
and get into better touch with their spirits?
Have you been looking for a group
that will facilitate your spiritual growth?

Ultimately, our growth in spirit is an individual process,
but perhaps in sensitive dialog with other persons on the way,
we can become better attuned to our inner dimensions of spirit.

Class time:

Probably a week-day evening, four weeks in a row.

Class Dates:

This seminar will begin after enough committed people sign up.
This course description will be updated
after those signed-up have been asked for their input
about the best day of the week.

Place:

Lofts on Arts Avenue #218, 1829 3rd Ave. So., Minneapolis.

Class size:

At least 10, but no more than 20.

What experience do you bring to this class?

I have offered this class several times before,
during which I wrote the book used in this seminar.
Later I re-created the chapters as on-line discourses,
which are the primary resource for this seminar.
I have written 4 other books on spirituality.
If you would like to know more about me, I have a personal website:
An Existential Philosopher's Museum:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/
And here is a summary of my career in alternative adult education:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/JP-AL-ED.html
This includes a list of other classes I am still interested in offering.

updated 11-29-2013

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
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See also WHICH GODS DO NOT EXIST? SELECTIVE ATHEISM

Persons who are interesting in exploring spirituality
might also be interested in discussing their questions
about specific attributes of the gods.
A related EXCO class is called:
WHICH GODS DO NOT EXIST? SELECTIVE ATHEISM.
These two classes are likely to be scheduled in succession:
First WHICH GODS DO NOT EXIST?
Then ARE YOU A PERSON OF SPIRIT?

Location

Lofts on Arts Avenue
1829 THIRD AVENUE SOUTH, APT. 218
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park is the author of the small book called Spirituality for Humanists: Six Capacities of our Human Spirits, which is the basis of this seminar.
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Lofts on Arts Avenue
1829 THIRD AVENUE SOUTH, APT. 218
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404
United States
44° 57' 53.442" N, 93° 16' 21.8244" W
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