The Psychology And Spirituality Course

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In this paper two topic from the Psychology and Spirituality course will be discussed in regards to spirituality and their influence on my personal life. I will examine how I have grown and what I have learned from the week on Spring Lake ranch and how I wish to continue moving forward in my attempt to be spiritual and build a closer relationship to God. love Much of my life, love has been defined by an unexplainable and uncontrollable feeling that burns inside your soul. One that when you look at a person you will just know and the rest will be history. This definition of love I grew up love was also demanding, controlling, dependent, and selfish. But still it was something to be desired and something everyone couldn’t wait to feel. To love was to really live because everyone is suppose to find their other half and then the void that you felt was to be filled by this other person. Love was advertised as a feeling, that when you didn’t feel it anymore you could move on to the next. In this state love is conditional, and is dependent upon how the person feels but has no commitment attached to it. On evening four of the psychology retreat course, love was disused and relation to the book The Road Less Traveled by M.Scott Peck in section II called Love. In the words of Peck, love is defined as an extension of ones self for the purpose to nurture ones own or another’s growth. Peck also emphasizes on the fact that to love someone is an act of will, it is choice made by the individual and isn’t based upon feelings, their will be many times in a relationship where an individual won’t feel like loving their spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, or in terms of non romantic relationships, friends and family. To will oneself to love someone is ... ... middle of paper ... ...ess of dying, and fears of the loss of life. Each topic has 3 subtopics that go deeper into the thoughts that many may have as death approaches them or fears for the future. The three that connected the most to me would be under the topic of fears related to loss of life, subtopics fear of mastery, fear of incompleteness or failure, and fear of separation. In my last paragraph about death I will go deeper into my thoughts behind these and their relation to my fears of life as described by Charles Macknee. Death as described by the class of Psychology and spirituality is the end of all that is familiar and entering into something beyond our control but also beyond what our minds can comprehend. Death is something I think many of us don’t want to confront, whetherits our own or it’s a loved ones. I know that it is something I never like talking about or thinking about.
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