The question of what is spiritual and having a common understanding of the concept has been of interest to a growing number of people of all disciplines including educators, psychotherapists, religious people, etc.
Is spirituality a way of thinking, perceiving, feeling, behaving, aspiring, or something out of this world or all the above? What is for sure is that the subject seems to be one of the most engaging questions for many in recent years. Neuroscience especially has opened many doors for exploring the question. Is man spiritual by birth? Do we have to cultivate spirituality? Do our brains show when we are spiritual? How do religions understand and explain spirituality? Are all religious people spiritual? Can a person be spiritual without believing in God? What are the role and significance of spirituality to humanity and its plight? What do spiritual people look like? Do spiritual people have different powers and qualities? Is there training for being spiritual? Is there such a thing as a spiritual person? Can human relationships be spiritual? How and what makes a relationship spiritual? Can our dreams give us a clue about spiritual worlds? Are there any stories about spiritual encounters? Was Rumi spiritual? Are divine Manifestations of God spiritual? Can spiritual and material walk and play together? Is our identity spiritual, material, or both or it depends? Is our happiness related to spirituality? Do our powers have anything to do with the spiritual, and how? Can spirituality be taught? who are some effective spiritual teachers and why? Are there laws in the spiritual world?
Please send your questions to complete the list.
These and many more questions are amongst a big list I have collected through my conversation with a wide range of people, students, parents, and professionals and will be exploring with the participants in the upcoming two Sundays’ seminar. Hope you can join us.
The Baha’i Sunday Devotional program and Seminars present:
Understanding Spiritual Relationships
We are hardwired to connect to others and to God. But . . .
How do we connect? What makes our relationships spiritual?
What is the relationship between spirituality and happiness?
What are the relations between spirituality and religion?
Presenter: Keyvan Geula;
Ms. Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist for over 20 years. She researches, practices, and teaches the integration of psychology and spirituality from a Baha’i perspective.
Sundays, January 8 & 15, 2012
Breakfast was served at 9:30 a.m.
Devotions begin at 10:00 a.m.
Class at 10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Baha’is of Manhattan Beach
Keyvan Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist; LMFT. She received her Master of Science in Marriage, family, and Child Therapy from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. She employs the latest research in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and the Baha’i principle of the oneness of all humanity to serve the well-being of her clients.
She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer, and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work, she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy research, Mindfulness meditation, and consultation skills, as well as knowledge of the spiritual self.
She is an adjunct professor of Behavioral Sciences at Citrus Community College, faculty of continued education at Claremont Graduate University. She teaches psychology online to students at Baha’i Institute of Higher Education.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Global Integrated Education (CGIE), a non-profit Baha’i-inspired educational organization, which explores oneness of all humanity, and teaches the integrated mind-body-spirit approach in education.
She has served for two years as the producer and host of a two-hour weekly live radio show for the Persian community in Sothern, California focusing on the role of the psychology of spirituality in personal and social transformation, creativity, emotional and social intelligence, and a greater sense of harmony in a global society. She also has been the host and producer of TV series called Transforming Human Consciousness for eight years. She regularly writes and blogs on www.cgie.org/blog on topics related to integrated education, the oneness of humanity, the powers of the human spirit in the betterment of global society, elimination of all prejudice, equality of women and men, and education reform. Some of her shows are posted on her; Keyvan Geula YouTube Channel.
Mrs. Geula has served in several Baha’i institutions since her youth in Iran and USA.