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  • Writer's pictureArnie Ken Palyola

Examining the Psychology of Spirituality

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

Guide to Soul Calibration part1

It is one of my goals to research and write "the guide" while I am working on my degree with Grand Canyon University. Here is a brief overview of what I have in mind. It is one of my theories that some men can have a difficult time establishing a personal connection to God due to learned behaviors, poor self esteem and outright stubbornness. “Some of the most respected individuals in the history of psychology have made spirituality a major focus of their work and Carl Jung went so far as to say that spirituality was such an essential ingredient in psychological health that he could heal only those middle-age people who embraced a spiritual or religious perspective toward life” (Elkins, 1999).

I first discovered author and psychologist David Elkins while doing research for my psychology class and found his writing fascinating and thought provoking. The ideas I was developing for writing a Guide to Soul Calibration were ideas others like David Elkins and psychologist Carl Jung had already considered. These psychologists confirm ideas I have for self examination, improving emotional intelligence and awareness of others, and transformation through spiritual and meditational practices which heal the mind and soul. I know I am on the right track. Please learn more about David Elkins and Carl Jung by clicking the links provided above. This is part1, stay tuned for part2 in a series on the Guide to Soul Calibration.

Update: July 10th, 2020.

The study of philosophy at HBU gave me a "spark" so to speak in the right direction for new ideas. And any spark of thought must be investigated, therefore, ideas I had for the books I would like to write in the near future must wait as I dive deeper into my understanding of our faith, our humanity, and the ideas that Christian psychologists share in a common methodology for the sake of healing others. systematic theology was a major discovery for me, but so has the discovery of epistemology and the idea that there is such a thing as Christian philosophy and Christian psychology. Wow. I recommend that everyone should read Soren Kierkegaard's "Fear and Trembling." I recommend that we not become lax in our faith in God and the Bible, only relying on our Church for spiritual growth but in fact a recommitment to our faith in trying to understand what it truly means to be justified by faith. Too much has gone wrong in the modern-contemporary evangelical to do any good for the community. Are you uncomfortable "right now?" Do you know why? Dig deeper than just what one might receive from the news media, or our friends and church community, there is far more to learn about ourselves than what we see, you are a mystery unto your self if you have not looked inward for understanding. God has hidden these mysteries in your very heart and mind. Seek them, and always keep your focus on God not the church.

And remember, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).



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