13063Re: Classifications among the Valentinians
- Jun 28, 2007
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark" <larockpitts@...> wrote:
> Thanks for this link. I will have to spend some time with it. I did
> notice one thing that provided a fuller context for what is found in
> some teachings, such as the Golden Dawn and especially Thelema, about
> what is often called one's "Higher Guardian Angel" or HGA. This is
> where the article states, "In order to become identified with the
> spiritual element, the person must attain a state of mystical
> knowledge (gnosis) of God. The person directly experiences the
> presence of the risen Christ in the form of his or her personal
> angel." This interpretation of this experience resonates better with
Ah, and here is more about angels:
> As for the context of "spiritual care," I work as a healthcare
> chaplain and in this profession in our literature we often wrestle
> with what adjective to use to describe our work: spiritual and/or
> pastoral. In short, I personally prefer "spiritual," since the care
> I provide is based primarily on my response to the other person's
> expressed spirituality as opposed to flowing from own authority as an
> ordained pastor within a faith community. The problem, however, is
> that everybody uses "spiritual" and "spirituality," but no body
> really knows what it is. So as I read various things related to my
> own spiritual path, I always look for insights that may help develop
> a better tool for providing spiritual assessments within a clinical
> setting, which normally should begin with a good definition of
> terms. Most people who write on this topic pass over this problem of
> defintion and go straight to discussing assessment tools. I am tired
> of that.
> Maybe that was more than you were asking regarding context.
Mark, not at all. Thank you for sharing this. Defining "spiritual" or "spirituality" does seem like a daunting task when considering all the individual, not only sectarian, ideas on this subject. After all, someone's definition for "spiritual" might be another's definition for "psychic." :-) I do applaud you, though, Mark, for considering the individual's expression on the subject.
I was under the impression that most hospitals ask if one has a religious preference in order to better facilitate "spiritual" care from pastors, etc. This past year I was in a surgical lounge of a metropolitan hospital with a relative who was awaiting surgery. I've never experienced this before, but a pastor moved around the room talking with individual groups of people, asking if people wanted to pray with him. He was offering a Christian prayer. I'm sure many of the Christians would find this appropriate; however, the pastor initially wouldn't have known whether they were Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, etc. unless they spoke up. One might even run into a Mandaean. ;-)
At least general definitions of terms to suit broad categories of religions might be a starting point or backdrop before assessing more individual expression if the one administering care deals with people from a variety of spiritual backgrounds.
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