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Exploring the experiences of adults on a spiritual path in the western world

By Majella Horan

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The world of spirituality and religion is changing, with increasing numbers leaving religious traditions and adopting a more individual path. This study explored the experience of adults on a spiritual path in the Western World, particularly in the context of the integral transformative practices that recommend a balanced spirituality. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine adult participants, ranging in age from 29 to 63, who were, by their own definition, following a spiritual path. Following thematic analysis conducted from a realist perspective, two major areas were identified. Firstly, the process described could be said to concur with the integral practice theories. Secondly, the findings suggest that, rather than being a pre-conventional spirituality which is later outgrown, the spirituality of childhood may have a validity that continues into adulthood. These findings highlight a gap in the research into childhood spirituality and spiritual intelligenc

Topics: BL624, BF204.7
OAI identifier: oai:nectar.northampton.ac.uk:2106
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