Articles by Kent Ira Groff

Writing in the Dark to Love: Using Your Pen as a Tool in Spiritual Companioning”
Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International March 2009.

Everyone writes: to-do lists, e-mails, blogs, newsletters, teaching preparations, reminders to a colleague or lover; notes to thank, sympathize, and congratulate. As we tend the souls of people we meet with—formally and informally—I aim to show how ordinary scribblings can lead us into the script of love hidden in each person’s heart.

Writing is a way of “mending the universe” within oneself and the cosmos—tikkun olam in kabalistic Jewish tradition. We can pen our way home to the true Self and out into the world’s need.

As with any spiritual practice, how dare we listen in on another’s sacred script if we have not…

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Companioning Spiritual Orphans
Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International September 2005.

Jeremy came to a retreat billed as “A Gathering of Once or Maybe Believers,” held in a local borough hall. He wanted us to know he wasn’t active in a religious community; even in childhood he’d attended a synagogue only a few times.

The group watched a short DVD clip from The Shawshank Redemption, where wrongly imprisoned Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) breaks into the guard’s office and plays a Mozart vocal duet over the loudspeakers. Andy’s inmate friend Red (Morgan Freeman) announces: “For the briefest of moments—every last man in Shawshank felt free” (McNulty, 59). After viewing it, I invited each person to…

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Multiple Intelligences: A Lens for Restoring the Soul

Instead of postmodern, I speak of primal-modern spirituality, which seeks to link our primal yearnings with our modern learnings. Howard Gardner’s work on “multiple intelligences” offers a holistic lens for “restoring the soul” in all of life. Some are highly developed in a person, others less, yet everyone has some aptitude in each. Here is a brief spiritual spin on ways of leaning.

  1. Linguistic/verbal: As a child cannot live isolated from speech, so a spiritual seeker needs a community of pilgrims to develop the language of love.
  2. Logical/mathematical: Theological insight means reflecting on the experience of the Holy—faith seeking understanding, using reason and tradition. Pascal’s mystical spirituality began by meditating with mathematical mystery.
  3. Spatial/visual: Arrange a room, design buildings, explore geography, cross-cultural events, holy places—outer and inner space and…

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Articles by Others Related to Spirituality

The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation, and Action
©Eric E. Vogt, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs; illustrations by Nancy Margulies

Adapt these excellent applications to one-to-one contexts of spiritual direction or counseling and educational group use, committees, or business management.

If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes. —ALBERT EINSTEIN

When was the last time you sat through a meeting and said to yourself, “This is a complete waste…

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Is imagination more important than knowledge?
© Dr Kathleen Taylor

Berlin 1929. The poet and journalist George Sylvester Viereck has charmed an
interview out of an initially reluctant superstar physicist1. He asks: “How do you
account for your discoveries? Through intuition or inspiration?” Albert Einstein
replies: “Both. I sometimes feel I am right, but do not know it. When two expeditions of scientists went to test my theory…

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Relative Genius [See page 23]
© Advanced Manufacturing, October 1999 Charles M. Anderson

Imagination is more important than knowledge. —Albert Einstein

As technologists and scientists, the industrial thinkers of the 19th and 20th century were instructed and trained to rely on “knowledge” and were rewarded for doing so. This path of thinking allowed for the commercialization of leading-edge technology
products and processes. They were, however…

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Transparent Lives
by Eugene H. Peterson ©The Christian Century, November 29, 2003

Peterson tells of a transforming experience while listening to Paul Tournier, a Swiss physician who at midlife shifted his medical practice from examining rooms and surgeries to his living room.

Forty years ago, I found myself distracted. I was living 20 miles northeast of Baltimore in a small town that was fast becoming a suburb. Assigned there by my denomination to start a new congregation, I started out with a fair amount of confidence and energy and with strong personal, organizational and financial support. But as time went on, I found myself increasingly at odds with my advisers…

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A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Effect of Remote, Intercessory Prayer on Outcomes in Patients Admitted to the Coronary Care Unit
William S. Harris, PhD, and others. From Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO. ©American Medical Association. Arch Intern Med/October 1999.

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